Month: July 2016

Darren’s Swindon Post Match Comments

Yeovil manager Darren Way spoke to the media following his side’s 2-1 victory over Swindon at Huish Park. Here is what he had to say:
Pre-season is over and it ends with victory over League One opposition, what did you make of it?
DW: “I thought they [Swindon] were a difficult team to play against. I watched them play against Swansea, who are a possession-based side, and I think they had more possession than Swansea in that game. I knew what we were going to come up against.
“I’ve put a pre-season in place that’s tested the players psychologically and physically. They had to think today against Swindon, their goalkeeper takes more touches than some of the outfield players. We had to win the ball back and then on the counter-attack, we had five or six good clear cut chances. 
There’s risk and reward to it as we had large spells without the ball but I don’t think they really hurt us.
“We got into the final third 28, 29 times in the first half. I know the players have really got hunger and drive to win football matches. Today was exactly what I was looking for.”
We saw Tom Eaves on the break quite a few times, he set up Otis Khan’s goal and also got on the scoresheet himself, how important is he going to be this season?
DW: “He looks powerful, hungry and confident. It’s never easy as you’ve always got someone who makes a perception of Tom [Eaves] because of his previous loan spell. I had to say to him before he came in that it’s something he’ll have to deal with. Any supporter now makes a judgement before you’ve 
even played. What I’ve noticed is he’s handled that and he’s shown the supporters, and my team members, that he can play.”
You’ve said that you want to make less changes this season, have a more settled side – would it be a fair assessment to say that the eleven out there today will be your strongest team for the season?
DW: “I think that’s for you to decide. All I can do is put a team out and a pattern I’m looking for to win football matches. I’ve been at games last year and not seen that athleticism or drive or energy. I want to take the view of a supporter and see players get up and down the pitch, that look like they’re 
fighting for the club and that’s what we’ve got.”
You had trialists on the bench today but you made no subs, what was the thinking behind that?
DW: “I think psychologically it’s very important the players have done 90 minutes now going into the game next week. I would be very confident if I was a player now coming off that pitch. Confidence breeds success and that’s what I’m trying to get at this football club.”
You made the permanent signing of Alex Lawless on Friday, how important is that for you?
DW: “He’s [Alex Lawless] a fantastic player. You could see today that he steadies the ship. The problem I may have this year is how younger players deal with adversity. If you’re in a situation where you go 1-0 down, he’s got enough experience to get the group together, get them organised in the right way 
and start making sure that mistakes don’t happen. Every club up and down the country makes mistakes but I think he’ll knit the team together.”
What’s the update on Darren Ward and Francois Zoko?
DW: “All I can say is that they’re working extremely hard but the group of players that you see out there are giving absolutely everything for this football club. That’s one thing you can’t buy.”
To end on a positive, how are you looking forward to Notts County next week?
DW: “For my first pre-season as manager, I’m really pleased with the way its gone. I’ve been pleased with the way the group has bonded together because that’s what pre-season’s about. We only lost one or two players which is a bonus as the old players know what we did last year. To finish against League 
One opposition today and win the football match sets positive vibes and high standards. We only lost the Bristol City game and even in that game it was close.
“Build belief, keep believing and you never know what might happen this year.”

Tom and Otis see off Robins

YEOVIL 2 SWINDON 1 
Josh Wilde reporting
Yeovil beat League One side Swindon 2-1 at Huish Park to complete an encouraging pre-season schedule. Tom Eaves and Otis Khan scored for the Glovers, while Jon Obika was on the scoresheet for the away side.
For Yeovil’s final pre-season friendly before next Saturday’s curtain raiser against Notts County, Darren Way kept faith with the team that beat Salisbury 3-2 on Tuesday. The substitutes bench featured four trialists, along with contracted players Josh Ezewele, Joe Lea, Ollie Bassett and Omar Sowunmi.
Yeovil starting team: (4-3-3) Krysiak; Dickson, Lacey, Smith, Shephard; Dolan, Lawless, Dawson; Khan, Eaves, Hedges.
The Glovers started brightly and Khan came close to giving Yeovil an early lead when he found himself free of the Swindon backline but saw his shot well smothered by Robins goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux.
On 15 minutes, Matt Dolan’s direct free-kick was palmed away by the diving Vigouroux. From the resulting short corner, a well worked move saw Ryan Hedges cross for strike partner Eaves to head home.
Yeovil were only ahead for a couple of minutes though as former Glover Obika found space in the area to fire past Artur Krysiak.
Khan was looking lively in a green and white shirt and had two chances in as many minutes: first shooting straight at Vigouroux after a mazy run, before powerfully firing a second effort wide of the left hand post.
The Glovers high pressuring strategy, a feature of their pre-season matches, was forcing Swindon into mistakes. Yeovil nearly profited on 33 minutes when an error at the back saw Kevin Dawson flash a shot wide of goal.
Just before the break, Yeovil had a great chance to regain the lead; Eaves was released down the left-hand side and despite having his shirt pulled, the frontman still managed to pick out the unmarked Hedges, whose effort one-on-one was well blocked by the advancing Vigouroux.
The two teams entered the tunnel level at half-time, with the Glovers arguably having been the better side.
The two teams emerged for the second period with neither manager electing to make changes at the interval.
Yaser Kasim had the first effort of note on 55 minutes as he fired a free-kick narrowly over from a similar position to the one Dolan had in the first-half.
With just under twenty minutes to go, Swindon made a host of changes. Five players, including substitute goalkeeper Will Henry, came on for Luke Williams’ side. Henry’s first action was to pick the ball out of his own net as another good move between the Glovers’ front three saw Eaves cross eventually find 
the unmarked Khan to fire home.
Attendance: 888.

New Shirt Photo Opportunity

For those supporters who have purchased the New 2016-17 home shirt you will this afternoon have the opportunity to be in a group photo to be taken with the Players and management of Yeovil Town Football Club. 

Pinnacle Photography, who are the official Club photographers will be taking the official souvenir 8×6 colour print in a card folder and can be purchased on the day. Players and management will be available to sign on the day.

The Shop will be open from 10am, so don’t miss out on this great photo opportunity.

Adult Home Shirt             £40

Child Home Shirt              £30.

 

Alex Lawless signs One Year deal

Yeovil Town have signed central midfielder Alex Lawless on a one year contract. Alex was a free agent having been released by Luton at the end of last season.

31 year old Alex started his career playing in the Cardiff academy before signing for Welsh Division One side Ton Pentre.

In 2003 Alex signed his first professional contract with then Premier League side but never actually made a first team appearance for them and was released in 2005.

Alex moved on to sign for Torquay United where he made 14 appearances before signing for Forest Green Rovers in July 2006 where he made 102 appearances scoring 8 goals before moving to York City in 2009.

His time at York saw him make 51 appearances scoring 4 goals.

In 2010 Alex signed for Luton Town, initially on loan before the move was made permanent in January 2011.

At Luton Alex probably had his most successful spell making 164 appearances before being released at the end of last season.

Ticket News

Mansfield Town Away August 19:45thTuesday 16

 

THIS IS AN ALL TICKET FIXTURE  – NO AWAY SALES WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE DAY

 

Tickets now on sale, prices as follows…

 

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Over 65 -£14

Young Person (17-21) – £13

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Luton Town Away August 3pmthSaturday 13

 

THIS IS AN ALL TICKET FIXTURE  – NO AWAY SALES WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE DAY

 

Tickets now on sale, prices as follows…

 

Adults – £18

Over 65 -£13

Young Person (under 22) – £13

Junior (under 18) – £6

Under 10 – £3

 

Disabled Supporters pay one age category lower than their normal rate and  receive free carer ticket .

 

For Wheel Chair bays please call 01582 416 976

 

 

Fun Day Schedule

Yeovil Town have announced the schedule for tomorrow’s Fun Day at Huish Park


    Yeovil Town Football Club Family Fun day

    YTFC v STFC finishes at 2:50pm

    Twurzells band from 3:00pm

    Players Photo call with supporters in Tamburino Stand (Supporters enter via Gate 3) 3:30pm

    Tours of dressing room from (starting from players door at front of Tamburino Stand) 3:30pm

    Meet the players

    Other Attractions include

             ·Yeovil Town Academy Training on 3G pitch

             ·

YeY   Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust training on rail pitch

           ·  Face painting

            ·Supporters group stands

             ·Kid zone

  oTable Tennis

  oTable football

             ·Shop open during the day

            ·Refreshments

  oBurger van

  oIce creams

  oSweets

Tom’s settling in well

New signing Tom Eaves has certainly settled in well to his new environment at Yeovi judging by his two goals so far.

“I’ve settled in fine really. I obviously knew what to expect having been here before and everything has gone swimmingly.

“I’ve played in League Two before when I was at Bristol Rovers on loan so the transition has been no problem. Sometimes the pitches aren’t so good and that makes it more difficult but it will be a challenge and I’m looking forward to it.”

The 24 year old striker has certainly taken no time to make his presence felt with a belter of a goal against Bristol City in the recent pre-season match.

“I didn’t really think much about it to be honest. I just hit it as hard as I could.”

Tom’s second goal against Salisbury was every bit as clinical and it seems Bobby Charlton has had an influence on Tom’s scoring.

“I always remember what Bobby Charlton used to say about strikers and goals. Just hit them as hard as you possibly can.”

So tap-ins don’t appear to be on the Eaves agenda, as he points out there is a time and a place for finesse!

Having played five matches in ten days the pre-season had certainly been what was expected though.

“I knew what to expect when I arrived here and nobody was ever going to be in for an easy ride. It’s just about preparation now and doing things the right way.

“There were some great views down at Ninesprings but I think playing matches is the best way to get ready for a new season!

“On a scale of one to ten I feel I am on around a seven/eight right now, with a view to be ten by the start of the season proper.”

Tom who hails from Liverpool started his career at Oldham before moving on to Bolton where he started to make a name for himself.

“I had five years at Bolton under Owen Coyle and really didn’t play as many games as I would have liked but I’m here at Yeovil now and I find the atmosphere so different now to when I was last here.

“The Gaffer has got everybody thinking positively and I think we could be in for a really good season. There’s a different culture here now and everything is about promoting expression and having no fear and that’s great. We all want to be successful for him as a group.”

So as the season proper gets ever nearer there’s one striker who is certainly buzzing under the new Darren Way era.

Don’t Forget Early Kick-Off

Don’t forget that Saturday’s Pre-Season match against Swindon has an early 1.00 o’clock kick off which will be followed by a Family Fun Day with attractions for all the family and opportunity to meet the players and the manager.

EFL Trophy Draw

The draw for the EFL Trophy group stages has been made and Yeovil have been drawn in a group also containing Reading, Bristol Rovers and Portsmouth. 
Although no dates have been set the matches will take place during August, October and November.
Each group will play for points with the top two progressing to the next round.
The Full Draw is:
Northern Group A: Everton, Bolton Wanderers, Cheltenham Town, Blackpool

Northern Group B: Wolverhampton Wanderers, Chesterfield, Crewe Alexandra, Accrington Stanley

Northern Group C: Stoke City, Bradford City, Morecambe, Bury

Northern Group D: Blackburn Rovers, Fleetwood Town, Carlisle United, Oldham Athletic

Northern Group E: Derby County, Port Vale, Doncaster Rovers, Mansfield Town

Northern Group F: Sunderland, Rochdale, Hartlepool United, Notts County

Northern Group G: Middlesbrough, Scunthorpe United, Cambridge United, Shrewsbury Town

Northern Group H: Leicester City, Sheffield United, Grimsby Town, Walsall

Southern Group A: Reading, Bristol Rovers, Portsmouth, Yeovil Town

Southern Group B: Swansea City, AFC Wimbledon, Newport County, Plymouth Argyle

Southern Group C: Chelsea, Swindon Town, Exeter City, Oxford United

Southern Group D: West Ham United, Coventry City, Wycombe Wanderers, Northampton Town

Southern Group E: Southampton, Charlton Athletic, Colchester United, Crawley Town

Southern Group F: Norwich city, Peterborough United, Barnet, Milton Keynes Dons

Southern Group G: Brighton and Hove Albion, Southend United, Stevenage, Leyton Orient

Southern Group H: West Bromwich Albion, Millwall, Luton Town, Gillingham 

Full details of the competition with it’s new rules can be found on the EFL Web site.

Another Pre-Season win at Salisbury

Salisbury 2 Yeovil Town 3
Yeovil continued their pre-season schedule with an exciting victory over Salisbury.
Darren Way made one change from the side who faced Merthyr Town just over a week ago. Trialist Alex Lawless, who was released by Luton in the summer, came in for fellow trialist Dom Gape who drops to the bench.
Yeovil starting team: (4-3-3) Krysiak; Dickson, Lacey, Smith, Shephard; Dolan, Lawless, Dawson; Khan, Eaves, Hedges.
Yeovil started well and put pressure on Salisbury in the early stages; Otis Khan had an early shot straight at home goalkeeper Charlie Searle before Matt Dolan fired narrowly wide following Tom Eaves marauding run.
The Glovers pressing strategy was working with Salisbury nearly gifting Yeovil the opening goal; a defensive mix-up saw the ball roll past goalkeeper Searle but it was cleared away just in time.
Way’s men were knocking at the door now and Eaves was a whisker away from writing his name on the scoresheet when he finished neatly, only to see the linesman raise his flag for offside.
Salisbury manager Steve Claridge was sat in the director’s box to oversee his team’s fortunes but could only watch on as Eaves went on another mazy run down the left-hand side and crossed for Ryan Hedges to finish from close-range with 17 minutes on the clock.
Hedges came close to adding a second but saw his shot saved well by Searle, with Eaves missing the follow-up chance.
The on-loan Swansea forward looked a threat whenever he broke forward but fired narrowly wide after fashioning another shooting opportunity.
Eaves was the next to try his luck but some last ditch defending saw his effort deflect out for a corner.
Salisbury had rarely threatened but equalised against the run of play on 38 minutes when Tommy Wright’s shot from the edge of the area took a huge deflection off Alex Lacey and looped over the helpless Artur Krysiak into the net.
Otis Khan had a couple of late free-kicks but, despite the Glovers having the majority of chances, the two teams went in level at the break.
It was not long until Yeovil would double their lead though. Four minutes after the restart, a Salisbury corner was collected by Krysiak; his early ball over the top found Khan who crossed for Eaves – in turn, the former Bolton striker found Hedges to tap home his second of the night.
Just before the hour, the Glovers scored a third. Eaves was provider turned poacher as he latched onto Dickson’s pass and finished emphatically past Searle.
In front of 691 supporters, The Ray Mac crowd were nearly treated to a Hedges hat-trick but goalkeeper Searle just managed to clear Eaves cross before his fellow frontman could profit.
With 14 minutes to play, Way made wholesale changes as he replaced his entire team with a mixture of contracted players and trialists.
The match looked to be petering out but just as the game ticked into injury time, a wicked Salisbury free-kick was headed in by the unfortunate Josh Ezewele for an own goal.
That was the final notable action in an enthralling, end-to-end encounter which finished with the Glovers running out 3-2 winners.

Another Successful Charity Bike Ride

After a ride of approximately 380 miles this year’s Charity Bike Ride returned to Huish Park this Sunday morning.

Unlike other years more individual charities benefited this year including St.Margaret’s Hospice in Yeovil and the Baby Care Unit at Yeovil General Hospital.
The ride had started at Durham last Wednesday with Day One ending at Skipton after a grueling ride across the Yorkshire Moors. 
Day two took the cyclists from Skipton to Crewe and on Day Three it was down as far as Hereford.
With the finishing line getting ever closer Saturday saw the group reach Weston-Super-Mare with the final stint back to Huish Park on Sunday morning, arriving back at around 11.00 am. 
The ride was by far the most energy sapping event with some 23,000 feet of hills covered.
The organisers would like to thank all the riders who entered together with all the support crew and especially our sponsors including Jones Building Group, Westbury Packaging, We Do Vans and Old Mill Accountants. Organisers are hoping to have topped last years total and the figures will be released as soon as they have been accurately counted.
Yeovil Manager Darren Way was at Huish Park to welcome the cyclists back and he is seen with Dave Jones and Mark Porter from Jones Building group. Commenting on the ride Darren Way said:"I’d like to thank everybody concerned with such a worthy venture and a big "Well Done" to all the riders who completed the ride.

Glovers earn draw at Spurs

Yeovil Town continued their Pre-season build up when they traveled to London to face a Tottenham Hotspur Under 21 side at Hotspur Way behind closed doors. Against a strong Spurs side manager Darren Way again mixed and matched his squad and it was one of our new signings in Otis Khan who put the Glovers ahead in the 40th. minute.
Spurs though battled back and with the clock ticking down a cross from Shilow Tracey found Ryan Loft who slotted home from inside the box.
Another satisfactory result for the side as Darren Way looks to continue the build up of both form and fitness with a match against Salisbury at their Raymond McEnhill Stadium this coming Tuesday the 26th. of July with a 7.30 pm kick off.

Football and family fun at Huish Park Open Day

Plans are being finalised for a Family Fun Day at Huish Park on July 30th when Yeovil Town entertain Swindon Town in the final pre-season friendly (kick off 1pm).

A bouncy castle, beat the goalie and an assault course are all aimed at giving youngsters (and maybe mums and dads!) a chance to let off steam after the match.

Anyone buying the new team shirt, priced at £40, adults, and £30, juniors, in the club shop will be offered the chance to pose with the players for a souvenir photograph which can be purchased afterwards.

Opportunities to meet the manager, Darren Way, and his squad and the chance to see behind the scenes are all on the agenda. Plans for development of the stadium will also be on display.

Table tennis and table football are among the activities. And both the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust and the Academy are planning football-related events.

Yeovil Town chairman John Fry said: “We have always been a community-based club and we thought it important to welcome the new season and also to welcome families, particularly  the children to Huish Park, not just to see an entertaining football match, but to have some family fun as well.” 

Coach company plans service to Yeovil Town home games

Coach company plans service to Yeovil Town home games

Local coach company Berrys is planning to run a special return service to Yeovil Town home games from Bridgwater, Taunton and Ilminster.

Pick ups will be from Bridgwater coach station, Taunton Kings Arms and Ilminster Market Square with a similar return service.

For a 3pm kick off the service will run at 12noon from Bridgwater; 12-30 from Taunton and 1pm from Ilminster.

For an evening kick off (7-45) Bridgwater 4-45pm; Taunton 5-15pm, and Ilminster, 5-45pm.

Cost will be £9 adults and £5 children. To book call 01823 331356 or e-mail info@berryscoaches.co.uk

Craig Bellemy visits club training camp

Yeovil Town Manager continued to bring variety to the club’s pre-season activities with a visit and talk from ex Wales and Manchester City player Craig Bellemy.

Craig, a close friend of Darren from their days together at Norwich, gave an interesting and varied talk to the players.

Craig also spent some time with the players and staff at their South Wales training camp ahead of today’s match against a Swansea City team.

We hope to have a brief match report on the club web site later on today.

The team will continue its travels over the weekend when they face a Spurs Under 21 team at the Tottenham training facility.

EFL Digital announces new partnerships

EFL Digital (formerly Football League Interactive FLi) is today delighted to announce the dual appointment of Realise and NeuLion as its new long-term digital partners.

Following one of the most comprehensive procurement processes in the history of the EFL, in which over 175 of the world’s leading digital agencies expressed an interest, the final two have now been selected for a contract that runs until the end of the 2022/23 season.

Realise, a leading UK based digital agency, will be tasked with the design and development of EFL Digital’s club web and mobile sites as well as implementing the highly intuitive Episerver content management system (CMS). The new system will provide a robust, leading-edge digital platform that serves the needs of both fans and clubs effectively across all devices in real time.

The streaming, merchandising, and payment services will be provided by US company NeuLion, which is a market leader in online video delivery and boasts international sporting clients such as the NFL, Euroleague, NBA and UFC. NeuLion also has significant experience working in the football industry with the Premier League and Major League Soccer (MLS).

Together they will provide one of the most flexible and powerful integrated solutions across what is the largest sporting digital network in the world.

Highlights of the deal include:

7-year term, including one-year build;

New sites go live in July 2017;

All sites built responsively and optimised for desktop, tablet and mobile;

Flexible approach to design and site layout;

Video on demand (VOD) of all EFL fixtures;

Video streaming to be delivered in HD;

New commercial opportunities via the latest in video advertising;

Subscription management and e-billing payments;

Secure, future proofed platforms including foreign language capabilities.

 

EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey said: “In Realise and NeuLion we have two of the world’s leading digital companies with whom we can form a productive partnership to drive additional value for our clubs and produce a series of digital products we can all be proud of.

“Both companies understand the unique and varied challenges we continue to be faced with and throughout this extensive RFP process they have consistently demonstrated they have the skills, expertise and knowledge to deliver against EFL Digital’s objectives.

“The end user, the fans of our clubs are very much where their collective focus lies and a proven track record, a flexible approach to platform delivery and significant experience in video streaming means we are not only confident in the proposed technical solution but also how it will perform commercially .”

Roy Reichbach, President and CEO of NeuLion added: “NeuLion has become the market leader specialising in the broadcasting, distribution and monetisation of live and on-demand digital video content to Internet-enabled devices.

“We are delighted to partner with the English Football League (EFL) so that we can bring to their clubs and fans, the same level of experience we provide fans of the NFL, NBA, UFC, and others.”

“The EFL is one of the oldest competitions in the world of football and NeuLion is excited to be the technology that will enable this next generation fan experience.”

 

Fiona Proudler, Managing Director of Realise said: “The EFL is an organisation we are fiercely proud to now be supporting. As one of its new long term digital agency partners, we share a common goal with the EFL – to support the needs of the clubs, the fans and the football community effectively and to take that responsibility seriously.

“Football ignites passion and we feel privileged and delighted at the prospect of working together to deliver digital best of breed solutions with the EFL, its member clubs, sponsors and key partners “

Darren: ‘pre-season is all about togetherness’

Glovers manager Darren Way says pre-season preparations are going very well ahead of two more training games, the first against Swansea City tomorrow morning (Weds) and the second away to Tottenham Hotspurs’ under 21 side.  Both games are behind closed doors.

After the victory at Merthyr, Darren said: "Our preparations are going well; we are all working hard.

"These pre-season events are all about togetherness, understanding and building trust and relationships especially when you consider we have a number of new faces in the squad."

Report: Merthyr Town v Yeovil Town

match report

A solitary Liam Shephard goal just after half-time was enough to secure victory against a hard-working Merthyr side.

The Glovers continued their pre-season schedule with a trip to Wales. Darren Way’s side faced Southern Football League Premier Division outfit Merthyr Town at Penydarren Park, managed by former Glover Gavin Williams.

Yeovil made one change to the team that started against Bristol City on Saturday. Trialist Dom Gape came in for fellow trialist Kane Ferdinand.

Yeovil first half team: Artur Krysiak, Liam Shephard, Ryan Dickson, Matt Dolan, Alex Lacey, Nathan Smith, Kevin Dawson, Dom Gape (trialist), Tom Eaves, Otis Khan, Ryan Hedges.

On an artificial 3G pitch and bathed in sunshine, both sides were struggling to create chances. Ryan Hedges and Kevin Dawson had dangerous runs down the right-hand side but saw their path to goal blocked.

Otis Khan was close to opening the scoring within half an hour when he cut in from the left but his shot was well saved by the Merthyr goalkeeper.

Khan had two further chances to put his name on the scoresheet before half-time but first headed wide from a Dawson cross before seeing his near post shot palmed away for a corner.

Half-time in South Wales saw the two teams go into the tunnel level but it was not long before the Glovers would find themselves ahead; Liam Shephard crossed in from the left and his attempted pass was missed by everyone as it nestled into the far corner on 52 minutes.

Just before the hour, Merthyr had a chance to level but Krysiak maintained Yeovil’s lead with a smart save at his near post.

On 62 minutes, the Glovers made wholesaleanges; Jonny Maddison, Josh Ezewele, Joe Lea, Ollie Bassett and Omar Sowunmi came on, along with a number of trialists.

Bassett nearly made an instant impact but saw his effort fly over the bar from long range.

Yeovil were close to doubling their lead on 87 minutes but Sowunmi, though rising higher than the Merthyr goalkeeper, headed narrowly wide.

In the end, one goal was enough to ensure the Glovers started their Welsh training camp with a victory. The first-team squad will now spend the next couple of days in Wales. It will be an opportunity for some of the new signings to get to know the rest of the squad better as Darren Way prepares his side for the new season.

Jonny Maddison post Bristol City

Yeovil goalkeeper Jonny Maddison says that his new manager Darren Way are gearing up for League Two war in pre-season this summer.

The young shot-stopper played the final half hour of the narrow 2-1 defeat to Championship side Bristol City, keeping a clean sheet on his first taste of Huish Park action.

And Maddison explained that the Town boss is readying the troops for a hard physical campaign, with the Robins game a great test to help their preparation.

The 21-year-old said, “Preseason is all about minutes and getting your eye back in. We were up against a good Bristol City side, so it was a good test for us.

“We all know what it’s going to be like, the gaffer is preparing us for battle. The style of play I think is good enough to help us push on, and I can’t see why we’re not good enough to get out of this league.

“It’s all about positive counter-attacking football, and I’m really looking forward to the start of the new season and getting more games under our belts, it should be good.”

The Chester-Le-Street born goalkeeper has joined the Glovers on a one-year-deal from Premier League champions Leicester City, and when Way told him about the Huish Park project he could not refuse coming to Somerset.

“I’m delighted,” explained Maddison.

“When the gaffer to spoke to me about the way he wants to play and the way the club is, I couldn’t turn it down as it’s a fantastic opportunity for me.

“The club is heading in the right direction and I’ve been really looking forward to getting started.”

Another positive for the former Foxes custodian alongside a better chance of game-time is improved weather- something that Maddison, born in the North East, isn’t quite used to yet!

The shot-stopper said, “Everybody said it was a lovely part of Britain. I’m taken aback by the weather, it hasn’t rained once so it’s completely different to the North East!

“I’m really enjoying it here and I can’t wait to get started.”

Darren Way post Bristol City

Town manager Darren Way felt that Bristol City were a great test for his players, despite the narrow defeat to the Robins at Huish Park.

Way’s former Yeovil teammate and Huish Park favourite Lee Johnson played a strong lineup in the friendly, and City had a 2-0 lead at half-time as Aden Flint and Jonathan Kodjia both scored headers.

Yeovil improved after the break and despite only pulling one goal back through Tom Eaves’ acrobatic volley ten minutes into the second half, Way felt it was a good way to examine his team’s defensive qualities.

The Glovers boss explained “It’s always interesting when you put your wits against a championship side, so it was a good test for the players and they showed a will to fight.

“We knew they’d spend large periods without the ball, and they had to defend a large amount of corners in the first 25 minutes, but it’s something that we expected.

“Lees got them well drilled, he’s come down and tactically matched us up which was different to last season, so it was a tough but good test.

“We put them under real pressure towards the end, so overall I’m really pleased, it gives us areas to work on.”

Way explained that his only real disappointment from the game against a team two divisions above in the Football League pyramid was that his team gave the ball away too often.

“If there was a disappointment it was the turnover, the players work so hard to win the ball back, but because of fitness or other reasons the turnover was too high.

“There’s a lot to work on in training. The game was good, both teams going up against each other in the last few minutes even, so we can be proud of that display.”

One absentee was Francois Zoko, and the Town manager admitted that he is treating him lightly because of a slight injury concern.

“Francois’ a little tight in the hip flexor area,” explained Way, “So it’s important I don’t push him too much like all of the players. Saying that, he’s the only one who missing at the moment, we knew Darren Ward would be out for some time and that was expected from last year.

“With the demands of preseason, it’s not nice for him but everyone else is firing on all cylinders so everyday we improve.”

Ticket Office closed today and tomorrow

Yeovil Town have announced the launch of a new system that will make buying tickets online cheaper and easier than before.

As part of the new deal with Tickets.com the £2.50 online booking fee is reduced to 45p making all transactions the same price as tickets bought from the ticket office. It also means fans can purchase tickets online , 24 hours a day at no extra cost.

A new-look ticket website will be revealed in the coming months along with a new mobile compatible version of the online ticket system.  This should be rolled out by the end of the year, making the ‘select your own seat’ feature compatible across mobile and tablet devices.

The new system is being installed during the next couple of weeks, and the office will be closed on certain days so that staff training and system transfer can take place.

The ticket office will be closed on Monday July 18th, Tuesday the 19th and on Tuesday July 26th and Wednesday 27th. 

Report: Yeovil Town v Bristol City

Yeovil v Bristol City

Yeovil’s second friendly of preseason 2016 saw the Glovers narrowly lose 2-1 at Huish Park to a strong Bristol City side.

Lee Johnson’s side took a 2-0 lead in the first half, as Aden Flint and Jonathan Kodjia both scored headed efforts. Tom Eaves halved the deficit, but much-changed lineups in the second half saw City grind out the victory.

Manager Darren Way named three new signings in his starting eleven, with Eaves, Ryan Hedges and Otis Khan all having their first taste of action at Huish Park.

His opposite number and former teammate Lee Johnson named a strong lineup, with summer arrivals Lee Tomlin and Gary O’Neil both starting alongside debutant Callum O’Dowda, who moved from Oxford to Ashton Gate during the week.

It was the visitors who had the first chance, with veteran midfielder O’Neil’s shot from range deflecting off a Yeovil defender just wide for a corner. Yeovil looked dangerous on the break, and came close to breaking the deadlock on the 15 minute mark.

Joe Bryan intercepted a long pass out to the right-hand side, but Hedges reacted quickly to nick the ball from the City left-back and cut inside, fizzing a shot just inches over the bar.

The visitors were dominating possession and after a number of corners took the lead from a set-piece midway through the first half. O’Neil whipped a ball into the box and centre-back Flint headed home to give Johnson’s men the lead.

From a corner of their own, Town nearly had an instant reply. Alex Lacey nodded the ball against the bar, but Eaves was unfortunate to not turn in the rebound from close range.

Nathan Smith was unlucky to not score an equalizer as he got to the far post to meet Khan’s deep free-kick, but City goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell just prevented the centre-back’s effort from creeping in.

City went close to doubling their lead on the half-hour mark as Tomlin caught Town cold before going on a long jinking run before being felled on the edge of the area. The former Bournemouth picked himself up to take the free-kick but the ball went safely over the crossbar.

But after Town were unlucky to pull it back to 1-1 just before the half-time whistle, City were 2-0 in front. After Khan’s shot found O’Donnell’s glove, a counter-attack led to Bryan whipping a cross towards Kodjia at the far post, and the Ivorian’s header found the back of the net.

Yeovil 1st Half XI: Krysiak Shephard, Dickson, Dolan, Lacey, Smith, Dawson, Ferdinand, Eaves, Hedges, Khan.

Bristol City 1st Half XI: O’Donnell, Little, Flint, Williams, Bryan, Pack, Reid, O’Neil, O’Dowda (J.Smith 32’), Tomlin, Kodjia.

Whilst City made seven changes to their lineup at half-time, introducing former Glovers Luke Ayling and Kieran Agard, Way allowed his starting line-up an hour in order to build up their fitness levels as Town kicked off towards the empty home terrace.

Town halved the visitors lead ten minutes after the restart, as Ryan Dickson’s cross was acrobatically volleyed home by Eaves, but the tall striker was pulled off on the hour mark as a new Town XI was introduced for the final half hour.

As the tempo slowed down towards the final stages of the game, chances came at a premium. City almost made it three, as their trialist Samuel Armenteros’ cross from the left inadvertently hit the bar before bouncing away to safety.

A Josh Brownhill volley flashed just wide of Jonny Maddison’s right hand post with only a few minutes of the game left but City saw out the game to claim victory in this pre-season derby.

Bristol City 2nd Half XI: O’Donnell, Ayling, Flint, Williams (Vyner 84’), Golbourne, Brownhill, Pack, Freeman, Armenteros, Agard (Garita 84’), Wilbraham.

Yeovil Town 60 mins: Maddison; Ezewele, Trialist (14) , Trialist (15), Trialist  (13)- Lea, Trialist  (12), Trialist (18)- Trialist  (22), Sowunmi, Trialist (20).

Attendance: 1,677.

New home kit on sale from Friday

Yeovil Town’s new home kit will go on sale on Friday morning at 10am.

The shirts were chosen by Yeovil Town supporters who following an incredible response to our online poll selected the design as modelled by Nathan Smith and Darren Ward.

Fans from all over the world voted on the three different kits made available with votes coming in from as far away as Vietnam, Australia and Cerne Abbas.

The kit will be worn by the team on Saturday when we take on Bristol City in our first home friendly.

The cost of the kit will be:

Shirts – Adult £40 – Child £30 – 5-6 years £35 including Shirt, Shorts and Socks

Shorts – Adult £20 – Child £17

Socks – All Sizes £9

The Away kit will remain the same as last season.

Glovers sign Leicester City goalkeeper

Yeovil Town have signed goalkeeper Jonny Maddison on a year’s deal from Leicester City, subject to paperwork. The 21 year old has had loan spells at Crawley and Sunderland.

Town manager Darren Way said: “Jonny has shown fantastic attitude, and is a player with all the capabilities to play first team football.

“I feel he has a bright future in the game and hopefully will follow in the footsteps of our very long list of superb goalkeepers.”

Toolstream tackles Screwfix in charity football friendly

Toolstream and Screwfix employees squared up in a friendly football game on the evening of Thursday, 7th July. The showdown saw Screwfix claim victory, beating Toolstream 3-2 in a closely-fought game.

 

Toolstream went 1-0 up thanks to an own goal by Screwfix, then further goals were scored by Chris Wells and Ellis Chubb for Screwfix, and Ben Chislett for Toolstream, making the score 2-2. The winning goal came in the form of a penalty from Screwfix’s Jake Wolfe.

The game was held at Yeovil Town FC, where players of both teams were excited to discover Yeovil Town scouts were holding trials for the U13s. Sadly none of the players made the cut, but were easily cheered by an informal, after-game barbecue, where the players mingled and enjoyed a drink or two.

The evening was a great success and to top it off, £100 was raised for the Screwfix Foundation, which supports projects that organises the repair, maintenance and improvement of properties and community facilities for those in need throughout the UK.

We would like to thank Yeovil Town FC for the loan of their training pitch and hope to repeat the challenge soon!

Swindon friendly and family open day at Huish Park on July 30th

Swindon Town are visiting Huish Park for an extra pre-season friendly on Saturday July 30th. Kick off will be at 1pm. And the match will be followed by an Open Day with entertainment for all the family and a chance to meet Yeovil Town manager Darren Way and his squad for the new season, which kicks off officially the following Saturday at home to Notts County.

Darren said: "This will a fun way to welcome our fans just before the new season gets under way.” More details of the open day will be announced later.

Ticket prices for the match have been confirmed as adults £10; 65s and over £5; 16-21 £5; under 16s £1.

Tickets are available  at the ticket office, over the phone 01935 847888 and online.

Report: Dorchester Town v Yeovil Town

The Glovers began their pre-season schedule with a trip to Dorchester. A trialist’s goal just before the hour was enough to see Darren Way’s men gain victory over a hard-working Dorchester side. Yeovil could have increased their lead, had it not been for the efforts of home goalkeeper Shane Murphy.

It was Way’s first chance to see his side in competitive action following the summer break and his starting line-up saw two players make their Glovers debut; Otis Khan and Swansea loanee Ryan Hedges got their first taste of action in a Yeovil shirt while Liam Shephard returned for another loan spell.

The Glovers started well and forced Murphy into two excellent early saves. The first came from Khan, whose stinging shot was palmed away before his second effort was blocked by a home defender. Soon after Murphy was in action once again as he brilliantly kept out A Trialist’s header from Matt Dolan’s wicked inswinging cross.

Kevin Dawson was the next Yeovil player to try his luck but the Irish midfielder saw his effort fly just over the bar from the edge of the area. Way’s men came even closer to opening the scoring when Ryan Bird thought he had put the Glovers ahead, only to see the linesman raise his flag for offside.

Khan, a threat all night, latched onto a great through ball but could only fire straight at Murphy under considerable pressure from Dorchester defenders. That was the last notable action of the first period in a half which the Glovers dominated but could not find a way past the impressive Murphy.

As Darren Way gathered his players on the pitch during the interval to impart some half-time wisdom, he was contemplating changes. When the players re-emerged for the second period, Yeovil fielded a completely changed eleven. Josh Ezewele, Omar Sowunmi and Joe Lea came on, along with a host of other trialists including Jemar Loza, who was on loan at the club acouple of seasons ago.

Trialist 22 forced Murphy into two more great saves but the Dorchester goalkeeper had no chance on 58 minutes; Jermar Loza was left unmarked in the box and volleyed home into the top left hand corner to give the Glovers a deserved lead.

Yeovil were nearly pegged back immediately as Nathan Walker hit the crossbar with a fantastic header for the home side. Dorchester were starting to get chances and another excellent cross found Walker unmarked at the back post, only to head wide when it looked easier to score.

The Glovers had a couple of late chances to increase the scoring but in the end, Way’s men had to settle for a hard-earned 1-0 win. Next up, Yeovil face Bristol City at Huish Park this Saturday and it promises to be a great encounter. The match is not only a local derby but also promises to be a battle of the managers on the touchline as Way comes up against former Glover and teammate Lee Johnson.

Notts County tickets and rest of season

Tickets for Yeovil Town’s opening league fixture at home to Notts County will be on sale online from tomorrow morning (Wed 13th July) with the new reduced transaction fee and from the ticket office.

Tickets for the rest of the season will be available to buy once the new ticketing system goes live from July 28th.

Click here to buy your tickets.

New system at Huish Park is just the ticket!

Yeovil Town have announced the launch of a new system that will make buying tickets online cheaper and easier than before.

As part of the new deal with Tickets.com the £2.50 online booking fee is reduced to 45p making all transactions the same price as tickets bought from the ticket office. It also means fans can purchase tickets online , 24 hours a day at no extra cost.

A new-look ticket website will be revealed in the coming months along with a new mobile compatible version of the online ticket system.  This should be rolled out by the end of the year, making the ‘select your own seat’ feature compatible across mobile and tablet devices.

The new system is being installed during the next couple of weeks, and the office will be closed on certain days so that staff training and system transfer can take place.

The ticket office will be closed on Monday July 18th, Tuesday the 19th and on Tuesday July 26th and Wednesday 27th. 

TICKETS: WALSALL V YEOVIL TOWN

WALSALL vs YEOVIL TOWN

EFL CUP ROUND 1

TUESDAY 9TH AUGUST 2016

 

Ticket’s for Town’s trip to Walsall in the EFL Cup on Tuesday 9th August are now on sale from Huish Park.

 

Prices as follows

 

ADULTS – £10.00

OVER 60’s  – £5.00

UNDER 18’s – £5.00

 

Parking is £4 for Cars, £6.00 for mini buses and £12.00 for Coaches.

 

There will be a designated ‘Away Fans Bar’ at the Banks Stadium which will open from 6pm for Yeovil Supporters to use.

To order your tickets call the Ticket Office on 01935 847888.

SIX NEW SIGNINGS IN SQUAD AS PRE-SEASON KICKS OFF AT DORCHESTER

Yeovil Town manager Darren Way will be taking a strong squad to the Avenue Stadium on Tuesday (July 12th) to face Dorchester Town in the Glovers’ first pre-season friendly.

Six new signings will be in the line-up – Ryan Hedges, Josh Ezewele, Joe Lea, Tom Eaves, Liam Shepherd and Otis Khan.

Darren said: “I have really enjoyed my first pre-season as manager, and all the players have been giving everything they have in terms of fitness.

“We are all looking forward to visiting Dorchester. Matches such as this allow players to build up their game time, and that is so important as we prepare to make  a positive start to the season.”

Tickets for Dorchester (k.o. 7.45) are £10 adults, £6 concessions; £1 under 16s.

The second warm-up is at home to Championship side Bristol City next Saturday followed by an away game on July 18th at Merthyr Town and another away fixture at Salisbury on July 26th.

WALES UNDER 21 RYAN HEDGES SIGNS LOAN DEAL WITH YEOVIL TOWN


Ryan Hedges, Wales Under 21 forward, has, subject to clearance, signed a six month loan deal with the Glovers from Swansea City.

Ryan, who celebrates his 21st birthday today, has played 23 League One games, scoring twice. He scored against Yeovil Town whilst on loan at orient two seasons ago when the Glovers lost 3-0.

Town manager Darren Way said: ”I am delighted to welcome Ryan, and feel very lucky to get him. There was plenty of interest from other clubs, so I must thank the staff at Swansea and his agent.

“Ryan has a superb left foot and is a quick and intelligent player.”

Ryan said: “I‘m very pleased to arrive in Yeovil and have been made very welcome. We are already working hard and looking forward to the new season.”

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.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU – COLCHESTER UNITED

Colchester were founded in 1937 making them the 6th youngest club in The Football League.

Colchester are known as the U’s and play at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, which has a capacity of 10,100. Their home colours are blue and white stripes.

Colchester’s manager is former Premier League player John McGreal, who played for Ipswich Town and West Ham in the Premier League and later had a trial with Colchester but was rejected

.

A few years later he was offered a caretaker job at Colchester then got the job permanently, but failed to keep Colchester as the U’s slumped to 23rd and inevitably, relegation.

Distance from Huish Park: 198 miles (around 3 and a half hours).

2015/16 season final position: 23rd in League One.

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

Super Stat: In 1971 Colchester defeated Don Revie’s title chasing Leeds United team 32 in the FA Cup fifth round.

FORMAT CONFIRMED FOR EFL TROPHY 2016/17

The EFL has confirmed the format of the EFL Trophy 2016/17 which, for the first time, will include 16 invited teams from clubs with Category One Academies.

 

A total of 64 clubs will compete in the competition beginning with 16 groups of four teams, each of which will include at least one club from each of Leagues One and Two, along with one invited team. The top two sides in each group will then go into a knockout stage that will culminate in a showpiece final at Wembley Stadium on April 2.

The new look competition will also have an enhanced prize fund with an expected £1.95m being up for grabs, including £10,000 per win and £5,000 per draw during the Group Stage and £100,000 for the eventual winner.

The first 16 clubs with Category One Academies that have been invited to take part in the EFL Trophy 2016/17 are Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Southampton, Stoke City, Sunderland, Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United.

EFL Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey said: "The new format is intended to rejuvenate this competition and also assist the development of the very best young players in English football. This will help us deliver more and better home grown players which will deliver benefits to the national team and domestic league football at all levels.

 

"I believe this is the right time to pilot these changes to the EFL Trophy, which we will review at the end of the 2016/17 season following discussions with our clubs and having consulted with the other football bodies and supporter organisations."

A Premier League spokesman said: "The overriding aim of the Elite Player Performance Plan across the Premier League and English Football League is to produce more and better home grown players capable of performing at first team and international levels.

"Participation for a selection of Premier League clubs’ teams to take part in the EFL Trophy is an important part of a range developments that both we and the EFL believe will help young, talented players progress physically and mentally on top of the technical aspect of their game developed in the Academy system.

"It is a progressive move by both leagues; one that we welcome."

 

COMPETITION FORMAT
 

Clubs:

•    48 clubs from League One & Two.

•    16 invited Category One Academy teams.

Eligibility Criteria:

•    EFL Clubs – a minimum of 5 ‘First Team’ players in the starting 11 as defined under the competition’s existing rules.

•    Invited Clubs – 6 of the starting 11 to be U21 (as at June 30).

Group Stage:

•    16 groups of 4 teams organised on a regionalised basis.

•    Groups to include one invited club and at least one club from each of Leagues One & Two.

•    Clubs to play each other once, either home or away. Invited clubs will play one home game at the club’s first team stadium.

•    Clubs will be awarded 3 points for a win and 1 point for a draw. In the event of a drawn game (after 90 minutes), a penalty shootout will be held with the winning team earning an additional point.

•    The top two teams will progress to the Knockout Stage.

Knockout Stage:

•    Round 2 (32 teams) will remain regionalised with each group winner being drawn at home to a second placed team from a different qualifying group.

•    Round 3 (16 teams) and Round 4 (8 teams) will be ‘free’ draws.

•    Semi-finals (4 teams) will be a ‘free’ draw and will consist of single ties played at the stadium of the club drawn first in each tie.

•    If scores are level after 90 minutes in Rounds 2, 3 and 4, the game will be determined by the taking of penalties. The EFL will confirm arrangements for the Semi-Finals and Final in due course following further consultation.

Dates:

Group Stage

o w/c 29th August 2016

o w/c 3rd October 2016

o w/c 7th November 2016

Round 2 – w/c 5th December 2016

Round 3 – w/c 9th January 2017

Round 4 – w/c 23rd January 2017

Semi- Final – w/c 20th February 2017

Final – 2nd April 2017 (Wembley Stadium)

The date of the draw for the group stage will be announced in due course.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU – CAMBRIDGE UNITED

Cambridge were formed in 1912 as Abbey United.

Cambridge are also known as the U’s and play their home games at The Abbey Stadium which holds 8,100. Their home colours are black and yellow.

The U’s are managed by former Premier League player Shaun Derry, whose only previous managerial experience came with fellow League Two team Notts County. He’s been the Cambridge manager since 2015.

Cambridge’s Irish striker Barry Corr scored 12 goals in 22 games for the U’s, before being struck with a serious knee injury, which ruled him out of the last four months of the season. However, Londonborn striker Ben Williamson did more than a job replacing him, scoring nine goals in 20 games, which included a double against The Glovers in the latter stage of the season.

Distance from Huish Park: 190 miles (around 3 and a half hours).

2015/16 season final position: 9th in League Two.

Odds on to finish: Win outright 12/1, promotion 9/4, (all odds sought from SkyBet).

Super Stat: Cambridge reached the Quarter Finals of the FA Cup twice and the League Cup once, all in the 1990’s.

MANAGER DISCUSSES BEN TOZER EXIT

"I would like to start by saying I am a little disappointed that Ben is the only player from last year who has decided to leave us and with such short notice, considering Yeovil Town Football Club has provided Ben an unbelievable level of service.

"The football club spent thousands last year on injured players and every signing now need to pass a full medical. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do that with Ben’s complex situation, so there was always a risk of losing him.

"I must add that my physio worked tirelessly with Ben over the past year and I must thank Mike for his hard work and efforts. We wish Ben all the best in the future.

"However, we now move on and look forward to the next summer signing."

GETTING TO KNOW YOU – CARLISLE UNITED


Carlisle were formed on the 17th May 1904 after Shaddongate United decided on changing the name after an annual general meeting by the club.

Carlisle or otherwise known as The Cumbrians play at Brunton Park, which boasts a capacity of an impressive 18,200. They play in a predominately blue strip for home games.

The Cumbrians are managed by former England International Keith Curle, whom racked up over 700 appearances for club and country. Carlisle is Curle’s fifth managerial job after he managed the likes of Torquay and Notts County. His managerial career started off with being a player/manager with Mansfield from 2002-2005.

Carlisle’s arguably most instrumental player is Jason Kennedy, who is their maestro in midfield.

His greatest achievement is becoming a runner up in the 2006 UEFA Cup with Middlesbrough.

Distance from Huish Park: 338 miles (around five and a half hours away).

2015/16 season final position: 10th in League Two.

Odds on to finish: Win outright 16/1, promotion 4/1, (all odds are sought from SkyBet).

Super Stat: Carlisle is the furthest away trip for Glovers fans by 3 miles.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU – BLACKPOOL

Blackpool were formed in 1887 and just six seasons ago were rubbing shoulders with the Premier League elite, but since being relegated, have failed to find their feet again which lead to a series of relegations that has brought them to League Two.

Blackpool are also known as ‘The Seasiders’ or ‘The Tangerines’ because of their coastal position and their kit being a tangerine colour. They play at Bloomfield Road which holds 17,300.

They are managed by former professional player Gary Bowyer whose playing career was curtailed by injury. Before arriving at Bloomfield Road, he had three years at Blackburn Rovers after impressing in a caretaker role.

Their main attacking threat may come from Jamaican striker Jamille Matt who The Seasiders got on a free transfer from rivals Fleetwood. He impressed last season for Plymouth Argyle netting seven times in 14 games.

Distance from Huish Park: 269 miles (around 4 and a half hours)

2015/16 season final position: 22nd in League One.

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

Super Stat: Blackpool won the 1953 FA Cup final by defeating Bolton Wanderers 43 in what was labelled the ‘Matthews Final’ for Stanley Matthews, after his previous two finals ended in defeat.

YEOVIL TOWN SIGN JOSH EZEWELE

Yeovil Town have added another player to their ranks with Josh Ezewele signing on the dotted line.

Josh has signed a one year deal at Huish Park after rising through the ranks at West Bromwich Albion.

Manager Darren Way said: "Josh will be a great asset to this football club, he has fantastic attributes for a young player.

"We have had a really good connection with West Brom and their coach Darren Moore, who has worked closely with Josh has recommended him very highly.

"We are looking for Josh to get a number of games this season to gain more experience and develop as a player, just like Connor Roberts did last season."

JOE LEA BECOMES THE LATEST GLOVER

 

Yeovil Town are pleased to announce the signing of midfielder Joe Lea.

Portsmouth born Joe has signed a one-year contract at Huish Park after leaving Premier League side Southampton.

After seeing Joe put pen to paper manager Darren Way said: "Joe is an exciting young prospect with bundles of energy and is a player I cannot wait to work with.

"He comes to Yeovil at the same age as Liam Walsh, so I am sure if his performance levels in pre season are good, his opportunity to play first team football will come soon.

"I must thank Joe’s parents and agent for choosing Yeovil Town to help Joe develop his career."

ACADEMY TO HOLD OPEN TRIALS

Yeovil Town Academy will be holding open trials ahead of the new season.

Dates and times for various age groups are shown below>

Monday 4th July

Under 9s: 5.00pm – 6.15pm

Under 10s: 6.15pm – 7.30pm

Wednesday 6th July

Under 11s: 6.00pm – 7.15pm

Under 12s: 7.15pm – 8.30pm

Thursday 7th July

Under 13s: 6.00pm – 8.30pm

Friday 8th July

Under 14s: 6.00pm – 8.30pm

Saturday 9th July                

Under 15/16s: 12.00 noon – 2.30pm

For an application please email jshulberg@ytfc.net

CHAIRMAN WELCOMES SUPPORTER ENGAGEMENT PROPOSALS

On Thursday evening members of the Yeovil Town board and manager Darren Way met with members of the newly formed Glovers Trust and Supporters Direct at Huish Park.

 

In a positive meeting where the board and Darren were shown a presentation from Supporters Direct and both parties asked questions to each other about the future of Yeovil Town.

 

Following the outcome of the Government’s recent Expert Working Group (EWG) Supporter Ownership and Engagement discussions, from 2016/17, the introduction of EFL regulation 111 means senior executives at clubs will be required to, ‘hold at least two meetings/fans forums per Season to which its supporters (or representatives) are to be invited in order to discuss significant issues relating to the Club’.

 

The club started this process last season when representatives met with various supporter groups around the local area.

 

Chairman John Fry was positive about the future involvement of the newly formed Supporters Trust, and thought the meeting in the Huish Park Boardroom on Thursday, was a good "starting point" from which a useful working relationship can be developed.

Manager Darren Way said: “The meeting between all parties went extremely well and we look forward to working together to achieve by unity.”

TOM EAVES SIGNS ON AT HUISH PARK

Yeovil Town are pleased to announce the signing of striker Tom Eaves on a one year deal.

The 24-year-old, born in Liverpool, joins after his release by Bolton Wanderers last month. Glovers fans will remember Tom from a seven game loan spell at Yeovil over the Christmas period of 2014-15.

After a year as a teenager with Oldham, the 6 foot 5 forward then spent six years with  Bolton although his time was punctuated by loan spells with Bristol Rovers, Shrewsbury, Rotherham, Yeovil and Bury.

Glovers manager Darren Way said "the club have been tracking Tom for a long time now and we’re very pleased to have the option to take him on a permanent deal. He’s a hard working player who is athletic and has had very good previous loan spells at other clubs."

"Tom’s an honest player with a good personality and I’m very excited to have him at the football club."

YEOVIL TOWN SIGN LIAM SHEPHARD


Yeovil Town are pleased to announce the signing of Swansea defender Liam Shephard on a six month loan deal.

Liam, 21, rejoins for a third loan agreement at Huish Park having arrived in each of the last two campaigns for shorter spells. In 2014-15, he made 20 appearances, scooping the Young Player Of The Year award before then returning in March for another six games, this time as a midfielder.

Glovers manager Darren Way was delighted to get the young Welshman back on board. "Liam is someone I know really well as someone who has been an integral part of this club. He came back to help me last year during one of the most important periods of this club’s history so I know he has a high level of commitment to us."

"I’m sure he will be a fantastic signing for the club and I’m excited to have him in my back four."