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14 July 2018 : Glovers Draw In Low Key Robins Friendly
Yeovil Town drew 1-1 this morning in a behind-closed-doors friendly against a Bristol City XI. The club had originally planned to play a match in Wales today as part of a training camp over the Severn Bridge. However, they instead took on an eleven selected by former Glover Lee Johnson, in a game that preceded City's match against Shrewsbury Town, meaning that their Championship squad was split across both fixtures.

Despite that, City still managed to include Marlon Pack, Joe Bryan, Matty Taylor, Milan Djuric, Niclas Eliasson and Hakeeb Adelakun in their line-up. Judging by City's line-up against Shrewsbury, the remainder of their line-up would appear to have been picked from their Under-21 development squad and Academy set-ups.

Yeovil Town's goal was scored by an unnamed trialist after Rhys Browne and Carl Dickinson provided build-up work, whilst later in the match, the Academy trio of Daniel Ojo, Tyrique Spencer-Clarke and Gabriel Rogers were used in the Glovers line-up. Midfielder Sessi D'Almeida played again for the club - his first match since signing a one year deal, following his release from Blackpool.

Bristol City have stated that the match was only played for one hour, rather than as a 90 minute game, so presumably as two 30 minute periods.

Final Score: Bristol City XI 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorer: A Trialist

Yeovil Town Starting XI:
Stuart Nelson
Tom James, Bevis Mugabi, Shaun Donnellan, Carl Dickinson
Jordan Green, Sessi D'Almeida, Alefe Santos, Rhys Browne
Francois Zoko, Trialist A.


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14 July 2018 : Seager Goes Dutch In Latest Loan Move
Former Yeovil Town loanee Ryan Seager has headed to the Netherlands for the next stage in his footballing career. The Southampton striker has joined Dutch side SC Telstar on a season-long loan, joining a team that finished 6th in their Eerste Divisie - the second tier in their pyramid system. He'll head to the city of IJmuiden, which is situated in North Holland.

Seager's time playing for his home town was not a particularly fruitful one. Despite being brought in on a half-season loan, he was given only two starts for the club, across seven appearances. He scored against Stevenage on February 17th, but was to only get onto the pitch on three further occasions after that breakthrough, getting just 30 minutes of football in the club's final thirteen games of the 2017-18 season.

Link: Ryan Dickson : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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13 July 2018 : EFL Trophy Group Stage : Full Draw For Football League Sides
Earlier today, the EFL Trophy Group Stage draw for the 2018-19 Season was made, for all Football League sides. With the exception of the 'invited clubs' - the Under-21 sides from EPPP Category 1 Academy teams - it is now known which clubs will line up in which group. The remainder of the draw will be done on Wednesday 18th July at 1.00p.m. in the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.

The full draw is as follows:

NORTHERN SECTION:
Group A: Carlisle United, Morecambe, Sunderland
Group B: Bury, Fleetwood Town, Rochdale
Group C: Accrington Stanley, Blackpool, Macclesfield
Group D: Crewe Alexandra, Shrewsbury Town, Tranmere Rovers
Group E: Burton Albion, Port Vale, Walsall
Group F: Barnsley, Bradford City, Oldham Athletic
Group G: Doncaster Rovers, Grimsby Town, Notts County
Group H: Lincoln City, Mansfield Town, Scunthorpe United

Northern Section 'invited clubs' (the Academy Under-21 sides) are:
1. Everton U21
2. Leicester City U21
3. Manchester City U21
4. Middlesbrough U21
5. Newcastle United U21
6. Stoke City U21
7. West Bromwich Albion U21
8. Wolverhampton Wanderers U21

Newcastle Under-21s will be blocked from being drawn in Group A (Sunderland's Group).

SOUTHERN SECTION:
Group A: Crawley Town, Gillingham, Portsmouth
Group B: Cambridge United, Colchester United, Southend United
Group C: Newport County, Plymouth Argyle, Swindon Town
Group D: Bristol Rovers, Exeter City, Yeovil Town
Group E: Cheltenham Town, Coventry City, Forest Green Rovers
Group F: Northampton Town, Oxford United, Wycombe Wanderers
Group G: AFC Wimbledon, Charlton Athletic, Stevenage
Group H: Luton Town, Milton Keynes, Peterborough United

Southern Section 'invited clubs' (the Academy Under-21 sides) are:
1. Arsenal U21
2. Brighton & Hove Albion U21
3. Chelsea U21
4. Fulham U21
5. Southampton U21
6. Swansea City U21
7. Tottenham Hotspur U21
8. West Ham United U21

Southampton Under-21s will be blocked from being drawn in Group A (Portsmouth's Group).

Link: EFL Trophy 2018-19 Competition Rule Changes.

Link: 2018-19 Season Key Dates.


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13 July 2018 : Yeovil Town Drawn Against Grecians And Rovers In EFL Trophy
Yeovil Town have been drawn against Bristol Rovers and Exeter City in the Group Stages of the 2018-19 Football League Trophy. The Football League have published a partial list for the group stages that will take place on Wednesday 18th July in London, where the League will draw out the 'invited clubs' that will complete each group.

The Glovers will form part of the Southern Region Group D, and will end up playing a Grecians side that they played at the same stages last season. Whilst Plymouth Argyle have moved into a different group, the familiar name of Bristol Rovers will replace them, who Yeovil have already faced in the 2001-02, 2011-12 and 2016-17 seasons in the same competition. Those three Football League sides will be joined by one of:

1. Arsenal U21
2. Brighton & Hove Albion U21
3. Chelsea U21
4. Fulham U21
5. Southampton U21
6. Swansea City U21
7. Tottenham Hotspur U21
8. West Ham United U21

The League have already put certain restrictions on the draw in addition to the regionalisation. Southampton Under-21s will be prevented from being drawn in Southern Group A, which houses Portsmouth. Meanwhile in the Northern Section, Newcastle United Under-21s will be barred from being drawn in Northern Group A which houses Sunderland. This has been done to help keep policing costs down during the early stages.

The draw will take place at 1.00p.m. on Wednesday 18th July, with Sky Sports presenter Jim White hosting proceedings. There is no sign of the draw being broadcast live - the League indicate that the output will be shared via social media as it unfolds.


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13 July 2018 : Midweek Trialist Becomes Fifth Signing After Leaving Blackpool
Yeovil Town have made their fifth signing of the summer this afternoon. They have brought in former Blackpool and Barnsley player Sessi D'Almeida who trialled for the club in Tuesday night's game against Swansea City. He has signed a one year contract with the club, that will keep him at Huish Park until the summer of 2019, with the club having an option on the table to extend it for a further year.

Born in Bordeaux on November 20th 1995, he began playing for his home city through their Academy system, playing 33 times for B Team (Development Squad) between 2013 and 2015. He made three appearances for Bordeaux's first team during the second of those seasons. He then moved across and played for Paris St Germain's B Team during 2015-16, making 16 appearances.

D'Almeida went on trial with Barnsley in the summer of 2016, and was given a two year contract. However, he only made three Championship substitute appearances, not helped by him suffering an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury that kept him out for the majority of the 2016-17 season. That led to him dropping a level to play for Blackpool. He made 27 appearances for the Tangerines, with 11 of those being from the bench before being released at the end of the 2017-18 season, and is therefore a free agent.

He is also a Beninese international, making one appearance against Equatorial Guinea in 2015. He has generally played as a defensive or holding midfielder for his clubs so far. However, after confirming his signature, manager Darren Way said that he saw him as a box-to-box midfielder:

"I feel very lucky to make this signing considering Sessi's CV. He's a box-to-box central midfield player who breaks up play and from what I've seen, he plays with steel, determination and is an all-round midfield player - something this football club has been missing. I'm now excited to see this player develop. Welcome to Yeovil, Sessi."

D'Almeida will numerically replace Connor Smith in the squad, who left for Boreham Wood earlier this month. However, with Jake Gray and James Bailey not expected to start the 2018-19 season, there are currently plenty of gaps in the midfield area to be filled.

Sessi is the fifth new arrival at the club, following in the footsteps of Norwich City loan winger Diallang Jaiyesimi, former Notts County left-back Carl Dickinson who has been signed permanently, Chelsea loan keeper Nathan Baxter and former Inverness Caledonian Thistle centre-back Gary Warren.


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12 July 2018 : Bailey Goes Under The Knife As Gray Misses Pre-Season
Yeovil Town have provided an update on the availability of injured midfielders Jake Gray and James Bailey. Neither player featured in the opening pre-season friendly against Swansea City, having suffered long term injuries last season. Bailey was injured in a block tackle during the Boxing Day match against Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road, whilst Jake Gray suffered a serious ankle injury ligament injury in the home match against Carlisle United at Huish Park.

Both have been confirmed as missing pre-season, with Jake Gray having travelled up to St George's Park for rehabilitation on his ankle. He is due to be back in action around September. Meanwhile James Bailey has needed further surgery on his knee on Tuesday and was pictured on his Instagram account with a large knee brace. With respect to Bailey the situation is ambiguous - the club say that he "will now be back on the pitch this year", although they do not say when he is expected to return.

James Bailey, pictured after his knee operation
James Bailey, pictured after his knee operation



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12 July 2018 : Darren Way Praises 'Terrific' First Half Swansea Performance
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way praised his players for a 'terrific' first half against Swansea City, despite his side ultimately falling to a 1-2 defeat in their first pre-season friendly. The Tuesday evening fixture saw the Glovers spend much of the match in the lead, after Jordan Green's 25th minute goal that was scored whilst the club had ten contracted players and one trialist on the pitch.

Way told the Western Gazette that he felt the 45 minute period showed what his side had been doing on the training ground and had particular praise for goalscorer Jordan Green's overall performance:

"I played a lot of trialists in the second half, so that's not really much to go on. But the first-half performance was terrific. We've tried to put a strategy in place and when you put a strategy in place you're looking to see it. I thought there were large spells of the game where you could see what we've worked on on the training ground. For me, it was the individual performances. (Jordan) Green - you wouldn't be able to tell whether he was a Swansea player or a Yeovil player. That's really pleasing to see, up against fantastic opposition that's just come out of the Premier League. I was really pleased we passed the ball and when we got back behind the ball we blocked, we tackled and they’re the things you look for to be successful."

The second half ultimately saw all eleven of the first half players replaced, with goalkeeper Stuart Nelson the only one to be given more than 45 minutes. Six trialists were joined by three contracted players, with one player from the Under-18s, and right-back Dan Alfei, who is still training with the club following his release, joining those numbers. Way felt that the trialists had struggled to understand what they needed to be doing, and admitted the trialist goalkeeper could have done better with the winning 90th minute goal:

"I was disappointed with the second goal. I thought we could have done better from a goalkeeper point of view but he's come in, he's on trial, we're having a look at him and we'll have to wait and see what develops. I thought we didn't deserve that. I thought the team put in a fantastic effort. Non-stop running and if we keep building on that we'll be very successful. None of the trialists were familiar to what we do. It's important we just look at them in the game. That was the difference with the first half to the second half. In the first half, you could see what we worked on in the training ground."


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12 July 2018 : Ticketing For Bury vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Bury is now available. This is the opening match of the 2018-19 season, and wil be played at Gigg Lane on August 4th 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

There will be no tickets on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. This will be a Pay On The Day game with prices set as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Concessions: £14.00; Under-18s: £10.00; Under-16s: £7.00; Under-12s: £5.00; Under-5s: FREE.

Concessions apply to Over-65s, Disabled and Under-23s. The Under-12s price is subject to that person being accompanied by an Adult.

Away supporters are housed in The Cemetery End of the ground. This is situated on the East side, and is behind one goal. It is a covered all-seater stand and holds up to 2,500 spectators.

Link: Ticket Pricing For Yeovil Town vs Aston Villa.


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12 July 2018 : Ticket Pricing For Yeovil Town vs Aston Villa
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Cup First Round fixture against Aston Villa are now on sale to Season Ticket Holders. The match takes place on Tuesday 14th August 2018, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off, with the match also being screened live on Sky Sports. Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £12.00; Seniors and Disabled: £8.00; Under-23s: £8.00; Under-16s: £2.00

Tickets will be available from Monday 16th July onwards on General Sale.

Season Ticket Holders will have until Monday 6th August to claim their usual seats/spaces. You can purchase either by logging into your online account (assuming your Season Ticket registration and online account registration have been linked up) or by calling 01935-847888.

Update: Tickets will be available on General Sale from Monday 16th July and will not be restricted as initially reported.

Link: 2018-19 Yeovil Town First Team Fixtures.


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11 July 2018 : Former Barnsley and Blackpool Midfielder Reported As On Trial
Yeovil Town are being linked with former Barnsley and Blackpool midfielder Sessi D'Almeida. The 22 year old is thought to be the central midfield trialist who played in the first half of Tuesday night's home match against Swansea City. He is a former Bordeaux Academy and Paris Saint Germain Academy player who moved to England in the summer of 2016.

Born in Bordeaux on November 20th 1995, he began playing for his home city through their Academy system, playing 33 times for B Team (Development Squad) between 2013 and 2015. He made three appearances for Bordeaux's first team during the second of those seasons. He then moved across and played for Paris St Germain's B Team during 2015-16, making 16 appearances.

D'Almeida went on trial with Barnsley in the summer of 2016, and was given a two year contract. However, he only made three Championship substitute appearances, not helped by him suffering an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury that kept him out for the majoritty of the 2016-17 season. That led to him dropping a level to play for Blackpool. He made 27 appearances for the Tangerines, with 11 of those being from the bench before being released at the end of the 2017-18 season, and is therefore a free agent.

He has generally played as a defensive or holding midfielder for his clubs so far. He is also a Beninese international, making one appearance against Equatorial Guinea in 2015.

As yet his name has not been officially revealed by the club, but his position, looks and availability matched the player who took part in Tuesday night's friendly, with BBC Somerset reporter Chris Spittles believing that he is at the club on trial.


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11 July 2018 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Swansea City Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Tuesday night's pre-season friendly against Swansea City these are now available online. Three minutes of footage from the 1-2 home defeat are captured, including the opener from Jordan Green. Watch via the YouTube clip below.




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10 July 2018 : Yeovil 1 Swansea 2 : Late Grimes Strike Sees Defeat In First Friendly
Yeovil Town went down to a last minute goal in their opening pre-season friendly tonight against Swansea City. It took a 25 yard strike by Matt Grimes to end the game with the Championship side on top - the only time they had been ahead in a game that saw Jordan Green net from close range midway through the first half. The traditional sea of changes both at half time and on the hour mark meant that two different teams faced each other as the game closed out, and Swansea equalised through attacker Yan Dhanda with just 13 minutes remaining before Grimes won the match right on the 90 minute mark.

The Glovers fielded three new players in their starting line-up with former Notts County left-back Carl Dickinson the only permanent signing to get that privilege. Norwich City loanee Diallang Jaiyesimi was played as a front line striker in a 4-4-2, whilst there was an unnamed central midfielder playing as a trialist. Swansea's line-up had six major players missing through injury and World Cup duty but did include former Glovers loanee Connor Roberts.

It was Roberts who almost opened the scoring as he saw his shot from a Wayne Routledge cross deflected onto the woodwork by captain Omar Sowunmi. As Swansea started in a sluggish way, Jordan Green was able to fire off a shot from a short free kick that saw Erwin Mulder save. Yeovil's opening goal of the night came from a corner kick, with Carl Dickinson on duty for the set piece. His low delivery was flicked on by Alex Fisher allowing Green to finish from close range, with Swansea's defence having somehow allowed an ankle height ball to travel right across the face of their six yard box.

Green had Yeovil's best other first half effort as he curled a shot wide of Mulder's far post, in a half that saw Yeovil show good value for their lead. The half time whistle saw Yeovil make ten changes, with Stuart Nelson the only player to be given longer than 45 minutes. He eventually made way on the hour mark. Swansea also rang the changes, making six substitutions at half time, followed by a further four just after Nelson left the field. Whilst Swansea's were named, Yeovil's were the infamous 'Trialist B', 'Trialist C' that litter early pre-season friendlies.

With 13 minutes remaining of a half that had seen Swansea dominate the possession, they equalised when Yan Dhanda struck home a deflected shot from a Daniel James cross. Then as the game closed out and into the final minute, Matt Grimes struck a 25 yard drive into the back of the net that won the match for Swansea.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Swansea City 2.

Scorers: Jordan Green (1-0, 25 mins), Yan Dhanda (1-1, 77 mins), Matt Grimes (1-2, 90 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
2. Tom James, 5. Shaun Donnellan, 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt), 3. Carl Dickinson
7. Jordan Green, 8. Trialist A, 4. Alefe Santos, 10. Rhys Browne
11. Diallang Jaiyesimi, 9. Alex Fisher

Substitutes:
12. Trialist B (60 mins for Stuart Nelson) 13. Francois Zoko 14. Dan Alfei 15. Gary Warren, 16. Bevis Mugabi, 17. Tyrique Spencer-Clarke 18. Trialist C 19. Trialist D 20. Trialist E 21. Trialist F 22. Trialist G (all subs introduced on 46 mins, except where stated) 23. Daniel Ojo (89 mins for Francois Zoko)

Swansea City:
1. Erwin Mulder, 23. Connor Roberts, 26. Kyle Naughton, 5. Mike van der Hoorn, 50. Cian Harries, 15. Wayne Routledge, 24. Jordi Amat, 14. Tom Carroll, 48. George Byers, 11. Luciano Narsingh, 62. Oliver McBurnie.

Substitutes:
19. Andre Ayew, 38. Adnan Maric, 21. Matt Grimes, 56. Jay Fulton, 23. Federico Fernandez, 42. Daniel James (all 46 mins), 61. Joe Rodon, 30. Yan Dhanda, 31. Aaron Lewis, 63. Ryan Blair (all 63 mins). 39. Gregor Zbret 18. Jordan Ayew (not used)

Referee: Kevin Johnson. Assistants: Simon Knapp and Ron Ganfield. Fourth Official: Matt Eva.

Attendance: 893.


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10 July 2018 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Swansea City
Yeovil Town's starting line-up for the pre-season friendly against Swansea City has been published. The club have made four new signings over the summer, with two of those included in the starting line-up, as former Notts County left-back Carl Dickinson and Norwich City loanee Diallang Jaiyesimi start.

There is one unnamed trialist in the starting line-up, believed to be playing in central midfield, whilst six more are on the bench. Right-back Dan Alfei is also on the bench, despite being released by the club at the end of last season. Tyrique Spencer-Clarke is part of Yeovil Town Under-18s.

There is no sign of midfield pair James Bailey and Jake Gray who were both injured at the end of last season. Goalkeeper Nathan Baxter is known to still be at Chelsea, covering for a goalkeeper shortage there, associated with World Cup call-ups.

The line-up for tonight is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
Stuart Nelson
Tom James, Shaun Donnellan, Omar Sowunmi (Capt), Carl Dickinson
Jordan Green, Trialist A, Alefe Santos, Rhys Browne
Diallang Jaiyesimi, Alex Fisher

Substitutes:
Gary Warren, Bevis Mugabi, Dan Alfei, Tyrique Spencer-Clarke, Francois Zoko and six further trialists.

Swansea City:
Erwin Mulder, Connor Roberts, Kyle Naughton, Mike van der Hoorn, Cian Harries, Wayne Routledge, Jordi Amat, Tom Carroll, George Byers, Luciano Narsingh, Oliver McBurnie.


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10 July 2018 : Terry Returns To Huish Park
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Paul Terry has returned to the club. The 39 year old has been given the role of First Team Coach at Huish Park, after leaving a role he held at Oldham Athletic last season. The Barking-born player, who is the older brother of Chelsea legend John Terry spent four years at the club during its early days as a Football League side, after signing from Dagenham and Redbridge and went on to play for Leyton Orient in the Football League.

Paul has been involved at the club during pre-season training, and played alongside Darren Way and Terry Skiverton during his playing days. He made 154 appearances for the Glovers, scoring 12 goals for the club, and was part of the side that won promotion from League Two during the 2004-05 season. When he hung up his boots, he became a player's agent for six years, until last season when he became a first team coach working under Richie Wellens and Paul Jewell in League One. Their relegation and change of management has resulted in his departure. Darren Way says he hopes that he can make use of Terry's knowledge of player recruitment in the future:

"Paul is someone who strengthens the backroom staff and has a wealth of knowledge in player recruitment. Paul has personality, character and knows the history of this fantastic football club. He's the latest step in our bid to bring success back to Huish Park."

Link: Paul Terry : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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10 July 2018 : Swansea Leave Six At Home For Huish Park Friendly
Yeovil Town's first pre-season friendly opponents Swansea City are expected to bring their strongest available squad to Huish Park. The Welsh side are in the middle of a rebuilding exercise following their relegation from the Premier League, and will go into Tuesday night's match with former Ostersund manager Graham Potter ending up in the dugout for the first time since his appointment last month.

Swansea are expected to leave at least six players behind in Wales. Four of those are out injured, with Wilfried Bony, Sam Clucas, Leroy Fer and Alfie Mawson all absent. Meanwhile Swedish pair Martin Olsson and Kristoffer Nordfeldt have yet to join pre-season training due to their involvement at the World Cup. There are also a number of other players within their camp who are the subject of transfer interest and so may drop out, but in principle most of their remaining first team squad members will be given a run-out for a minimum of 45 minutes.

Yeovil Town's one known absentee will be goalkeeper Nathan Baxter. The Chelsea loanee is yet to make it down to Somerset as he is acting as cover for two of Chelsea's goalkeepers during pre-season, due to Thibaut Courtois and Willy Caballero being on international duty with Belgium and Argentina respectively. Otherwise all other first teamers are expected to be involved in the game.

The two sides last properly met in August 2015, when a Swansea Under-21 side featuring eight players who would end up playing for the Glovers, lose 3-2 at Huish Park. A behind closed doors game in July 2016 in South Wales saw Yeovil win 5-0 against a team that was believed to be mainly their Under-18s. When Swansea City put out something more like a first team in July 2013, they were the ones who gained the 5-0 victory at Huish Park.

Admission prices are as follows:

Adult £10.00; Seniors and Young Persons £5.00; Under-16: FREE.

Only the Main Stand will be open to Home supporters. Kick-off tonight is at 7.45p.m. with tickets available on the night.

Link: 2018-19 Yeovil Town First Team Fixtures.


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10 July 2018 : Main Stand Sponsorship Deal Extended
Yeovil Town have extended their sponsorship agreement with Tamburino for the coming season. The Italian Restaurant chain will continue to sponsor the Main Stand at Huish Park, having held the naming rights for the past four years.

The club haven't stated the length of the latest arrangements - the last deal was for a single season, and so it would not be a surprise if the latest extension was based on similar lines. From 2007 until 2014, the stand was known as the AgustaWestland Community Stand, whilst prior to that it was known as the Yeovil College Stand.


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9 July 2018 : 2018-19 FA Cup Prize Fund Sees Potential Windfalls Doubled
Recently, the Football Association announced that it was increasing the amount of money available to those competing in the 2018-19 FA Cup. With the Prize Fund having stayed static for a decade, this is a significant change in what will be available to those who win matches during the competition, and is in addition to any gate receipts or television revenue they may make during ties.

In most cases the amount each club will gain is doubled - for example for the last ten years or so, First Round winners would have earned £18,000 through the Prize Fund, but that will now be £36,000, meaning the amount that Football League sides can make out of the competition increases quite significantly.

Each club that wins through the FA Cup Rounds will receive the following sums, as part of the competition prize pool:

Extra Preliminary Round winners : (184 clubs) £2,250
Extra Preliminary Round losers : (184 clubs) £750
Preliminary Round winners : (160 clubs) £2,890
Preliminary Round losers : (160 clubs) £960
First Qualifying Round winners : (116 clubs) £6,000
Second Qualifying Round winners : (80 clubs) £9,000
Third Qualifying Round winners : (40 clubs) £15,000
Fourth Qualifying Round winners : (32 clubs) £25,000

First Round Proper winners : (40 clubs) £36,000 (League One and League Two clubs enter competition)
Second Round Proper winners : (20 clubs) £54,000
Third Round Proper winners : (32 clubs) £135,000
Fourth Round Proper winners : (16 clubs) £180,000
Fifth Round Proper winners : (8 clubs) £360,000
Sixth Round Proper winners : (4 clubs) £720,000
Semi-Final winners : (2 clubs) £180,000
Semi-Final losers : (2 clubs) £900,000
Final runners-up : (1 club) £180,000
Final winners : (1 club) £3,600,000

Amounts are accumulative per club for each round that they win - i.e. a club winning a First Round match and a Second Round match would receive £36,000 + £54,000 as part of their run.

There are additional sums given out to those clubs who take part in televised ties, regardless of whether they win or lose the tie.

Link: 2018-19 Season Key Dates.

Link: 2018-19 Yeovil Town First Team Fixtures.


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8 July 2018 : Tom James And Clickbait Speculation
Back in mid-March there was a bit of idle speculation from national paper The Independent over the future of defender Tom James. That was a bit out of character for that paper, given it tends to be the red-tops that feed off such things. The claim was that Celtic, AFC Bournemouth and Swansea City were after a player who used to be on Cardiff City's books, and was about to pick up a decent slice of Yeovil Town's End Of Season Awards.

That seems to have sparked multiple months worth of fairly repetitive stories by a number of websites that have increased the speculation, but on the other hand have added very little in the way of concrete facts along the way. One of those to pick up this story was the national commercial site Here Is The City - which started off many years ago as a finance news site, but has in the last couple of years expanded out to include sport. They ran a March 12th story entitled:

12/03/2018 : Report: Celtic want Yeovil Town defender Tom James - HITC

Unfortunately, for what seemed to be a fairly flakey set of claims, it didn't stop there. Within the 48 hours that followed, providing made-up speculation on two Celtic players, along with an attempt to rope Rangers into the rumourmill. And so HITC ended up with five 'stories' out of one questionable Independent article, in three days, with the subsequent quartet headlining as follows:

13/03/2018 : Celtic want Tom James but Swansea City offers a greater opportunity - HITC
13/03/2018 : Is Celtic's interest in Tom James bad news for Mikael Lustig? - HITC
14/03/2018 : Is Celtic's reported Tom James interest a worrying sign for Anthony Ralston? - HITC
14/03/2018 : Should Rangers join race for Tom James and offer Lee Hodson? - HITC

By the time we hit April, the West London Sport website added the name of Championship side Aston Villa to our Tom James Fan Club, on April 6th along with their local team Brentford. After briefly returning to Celtic again, that was enough to set off HITC again, cooling their interest in Celtic and promptly providing plenty of speculation on two Villa players to wraparound stuff about James before finally concluding that he was still off to Celtic anyway:

02/04/2018 : Three Celtic players fighting for their futures, including six-time title winner - HITC
12/04/2018 : Aston Villa will reportedly challenge Celtic for Welsh defender Tom James - HITC
12/04/2018 : Does Aston Villa's Tom James interest shed light on Alan Hutton's fate? - HITC
14/04/2018 : Could James Bree warning see Tom James snub Aston Villa for Celtic? - HITC

We then had a fairly lengthy lull in proceedings, until Yeovil Town gained a League Cup First Round draw against Aston Villa during mid-June. Merely on the back of that cup draw, rather than any new information, this was good enough for HITC to cancel Celtic's interest in James, reignite Aston Villa's apparent interest, and then just for good measure stick a cherry on top by dragging Rangers out of nowhere for a second time, even though to our knowledge, Glasgow's other club have not been connected with James in any shape or form:

16/06/2018 : Aston Villa given perfect chance to scout Yeovil Town's Tom James - HITC
16/06/2018 : Should Rangers challenge Celtic for Tom James? - HITC

Most recently, during the middle of last week, Sky Sports suggested that Swansea City and Hull City (the first time they'd got a mention) were after James. Less than 24 hours later, the Scottish Sun leapt on this and threw the name of Celtic back into the ring again, referencing the Swansea and Hull reports. This seems to have resulted in a mini-avalanche of commercial websites jumping on the bandwagon. HITC have managed five further articles so far, mostly centred around Celtic again:

05/07/2018 : Swansea and Hull battle for James - HITC
05/07/2018 : Tom James should interest Celtic again after previous link - HITC
06/07/2018 : Report: Celtic step up Tom James interest as English clubs make conact - HITC
07/07/2018 : Celtic's reported Tom James interest should be music to Jack Hendry's ears - HITC
08/07/2018 : Some Celtic fans react to Tom James speculation - HITC

So four months on, HITC have now managed to fashion sixteen articles out of what was ultimately one speculative March 2018 national newspaper article. At present, we're not even 100 percent certain if there has been any firm bid for Tom James - the most the club has mentioned is of some generic 'interest' in some of their players, such as James, but without any firm statement of any bids. There is a reason why this is known as the 'silly season' in football. There may be some mileage in some of the rumours surrounding James, given his good form last season, but nothing that warrants this sort of excess.


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