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Alex Bradley. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Former Glovers defender/midfielder/yellow card collector Alex Bradley has signed for Southern Premier League side Tamworth.

Dropping down a few levels, Bradley will be playing against the likes of Needham Market.

Originally joining on loan from Harrogate before making the switch to Huish Park permanent in January 2021.

Bradley played just over 50 games for the Glovers across all competitions, scoring just one league goal in a 1-1 draw against Notts County.

All the best at Tamworth, Alex

Another week, another Gloverscast and another top level guest.

On this week’s podcast, we are joined by England and Team GB international Goalkeeper Giles Moore, he tells about his time growing up in Somerset, supporting the Glovers and how he turned his disability into an international football career that has seen him win 62 caps for England and go to Rio for the 2016 Paralympics… an incredible story.

Then, Ben and Dave chat Charlie Wakefield staying, Ollie Hulbert joining and take some GCQs as well.

As ever, thanks so much for all your recent feedback on the chats with Chris Hargreaves and Under 18s Manager Matt Percival on recent episodes, we really appreciate it.

Like, share, subscribe and make sure you visit Gloverscast.co.uk for plenty more brilliant YTFC content.

Reuben Reid opens the scoring in the 2-0 win over Southend. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Former Yeovil Town striker Reuben Reid has joined Southern League side Weston-Super-Mare ahead of the 2022/23 season.

Reid was released from the Glovers at the end of last season after 18-months back at Huish Park.

In total, he scored six league goals in 50 league appearances during his second spell at the club, he won’t have long before he faces his former club, Yeovil are scheduled for a trip to Weston-Super-Mare on July 30th in a pre-season friendly.

The 33-year old told the WSM website;

“Approaching the biggest crossroads in my life certainly from a career perspective of the last 18 years, everything about this decision and opportunity has just felt ‘right’.

“I’m grateful and humbled by the manager’s pursuit, approach and eventual opportunity he has given me for myself and family.

“At this stage in my career, I want to be a part of something exciting and progressive. After speaking to and confiding with a solid friend of mine in Scott Laird, I realised that this is exactly what I need.”

All the best at Weston, Reuben!

 

Midfielder Ed Upson, who had been linked with a sensational return to the Glovers this summer, has signed for Isthmian League side Stowmarket Town.

Speaking exclusively to the Gloverscast, Chris Hargreaves had confirmed he had had a conversation with Upson about a return, but was giving nothing away about his chances of a return.

Ed Upson in action for Yeovil Town. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

The move marks a return to Suffolk, Ed’s home town of Bury St Edmunds is close to his new club.

The transfer sees him drop down to just below the National League North/South level, which considering he was plying his trade at League Two level last season is quite a drop.

Best of luck, Ed!

Ollie Hulbert 📸 Pic Courtesy of Sam Collard – YTFC.net

New signing striker Ollie Hulbert is looking forward to reuniting with his former academy coach Chris Hargreaves after becoming his first signing as Yeovil Town manager.

The 19-year-old, who was released by the League One new boys at the end of last season, has agreed a one-year deal with an option for a second.

He worked alongside the Glovers’ boss in the youth team at the Memorial Stadium.

Speaking to the club’s YouTube channel, he said: “The move has been in the works for a while now and I just can’t wait to get started.

The gaffer spoke to me and said what he wanted to get done and as soon as I heard about it, it was an opportunity I could not really turn down.

It is massively important to have a relationship with the manager because he knows my game, what my strengths are and what I need to improve on, so hopefully he can help me develop this season and going forward.

I have always known the size of the club and what the ambitions are and hopefully I can hit the ground running and help the club get back to where it wants to be.

The forward had loan spells at Gloucester City and Hereford in the National League North last season scoring nine times in 32 games.

He is hoping this first taste of action in men’s football, including playing alongside former Yeovil favourite Kevin Dawson at Gloucester, will equip him for life in the National League.

Hulbert added: “It was a really good learning curve in my career, I played with some really good players like Kevin Dawson, who I am sure the fans here will remember, and they helped me learn and progress and hopefully I can carry that on to next season.

My game is trying to mix it up a bit by coming short and linking play, but also having the ability to be able to stretch the game and get in behind and hopefully scoring some goals while I am doing that.”

Hargreaves said he hoped his former scholar would be a good addition to the frontline at Huish Park following the departures of strikers Reuben Reid and Adi Yussuf at the end of last season.

He told ytfc.net: “Ollie is a young player with potential who is now ready to kick on. He will be a welcome addition to our squad. 

“I know him well from our time at Rovers and look forward to working with him again.”

Yeovil Town have confirmed that former Eastleigh and Torquay Under 18s manager Chris Todd is the club’s new assistant manager.

Chris Hargreaves confirmed he would be adding to his coaching staff and this represents his first appointment.

Speaking to YTFC.net he said; “I’m very excited. It’s a new challenge and when I spoke to Chris, we had a good conversation. We discussed the future of the football club and I wanted to be a part of that. 

“I hope the fans are excited about the new journey that we’re on together. I will give 110% daily, as I know Chris will and the rest of the background staff.

“This is a good group and we’re trying to make them successful, if they’re successful the Club is successful and it’s a good moment for everyone.”

Todd was part of the England Colleges coaching system this season so has recently worked with the Glovers’ Ollie Haste already.

He represented Exeter, Torquay, Hereford and Forest Green Rovers as player with coaching and management roles at Gloucester and Eastleigh since.

He was also diagnosed with a form of blood cancer in 2008, thankfully he recovered, he’s an author and an actor with a credit in a World War Two film and he’s performed in a national choir, is there anything this man can’t do!?

A quick look through the history books and I can only find one Chris Todd appearance against Yeovil as a player…

Torquay United’s 4-1 FA Cup win in 2008 which was shown live on the BBC, he scored the equaliser for the Gulls, cheers for that Chris.

Todd speaks to the BBC after knocking Yeovil out of the FA Cup

Welcome to the club, Chris!

Matt Worthington 📸Mike Kunz.

Yeovil Town’s longest current servant, Matt Worthington has extended his contract with the Glovers until the end of the 2022/23 season.

Worthington has made more than 125 appearances in the green and white of the Glovers including over 40 this season across all competitions – the most he’s managed in any single season.

Speaking to YTFC.net he, and manager Chris Hargreaves, said how delighted they were to get the deal done confirming thay the midfielder had other options.

Commenting after his stay was confirmed, the midfielder said; “I’m delighted to sign a new deal to stay at this club once again. 

“We’ve got a few weeks to go, but I’m already looking forward to getting back out there with the lads and doing all we can for the fans.” 

Manager Chris Hargreaves also added, “It’s brilliant that Matt has agreed to sign for us. He is a player I feel the fans identify to and relate with. 

“He had offers elsewhere, but it was Matt’s passion for the football club that drove this move, I’m really delighted he’ll be with us next season.”

We at the Gloverscast are delighted you’re staying, Matt!

Transfer rumour season has arrived!!!

Tony Lee scores for Poole 📸 @TonyLee28

Yeovil Town have been linked with Poole Town striker Tony Lee by the Bournemouth Echo.

Echo Journalist Jack Tanner claims that the Glovers are ‘strong suitors’ for the front man, suggesting that Torquay United may well lead the race for his signature.

According to the Echo, Poole were requesting a ‘five figure’ fee for his services and that other clubs including Woking (👀), Halifax and Grimsby were also tracking the striker.

Lee is still contracted to Poole for the upcoming season after the 25-year old scored 47 goals in 48 games over the past two seasons.

Max Evans. 📸 Mike Kunz.

Yeovil Town Goalkeeper Max Evans has confirmed his contract extension until the end of the upcoming 2022/23 season.

Evans, 20, was listed on the end of season ‘retained list’ as being part of the squad for next season, but we today got confirmation of the one-year extension.

Evans made just one league appearance last season starting in the 1-0 win away at Altrincham under caretaker boss, Josh Staunton.

He also played in the FA Trophy and Somerset Premier Cup and will once again push Grant Smith for the number 1 shirt this season.

Good to have you back on board, Max

Yeovil Town has announced supporter and businessman Stuart Robins has become a shareholder and board member at the club.

The season ticket holder for the past 15 years becomes the first person to join the club’s board after chairman Scott Priestnall announced his intention to bring in new directors more than a month ago.

Stuart Robins, who has been appointed to the board at Huish Park.

In a statement, Mr Robins, whose uncle is former club chairman Gerry Lock, and daughter is BBC Somerset commentator Sheridan Robins, said he had “significant experience in growing and developing successful businesses” predominantly in the telecommunications business.

He added: “I want to use that experience to help provide the resources necessary for (manager) Chris Hargreaves to return us to the Football league as soon as we can, and in a sustainable way.

I have a lot to learn about the football business and I am really looking forward to doing that and working with everyone at Huish Park.

The cub’s statement confirms that he will become a director and shareholder of the club which presumably means Mr Robins has invested in the club, although no details are given around the level of that investment.

Chairman Priestnall said: “Bringing Stuart in to the club can only be a positive move for us. Not only is he a lifelong supporter, but he brings with him a wealth of business experience.

When I said I wanted to formulate a board that could bring about a shared vision for the club’s future, I could not have wished for anyone more passionate and dedicated to seeing the club succeed as Stuart.”


Who is Stuart Robins?

Born in Yeovil, he was educated at Buckler’s Mead and worked for Post Office Telecommunications, now BT, having left school.

During his school days, he trained with Yeovil Town under manager Stan Harland which he had supported since his parents first took him to the club’s former Huish stadium from the age of ten, and later went on to play for Ilminster Town.

Following that, he moved to Australia in 1980 working in the telecommunications industry in Australia which ended with a role as Managing Director of a joint venture between UK-based Systems Reliability and Telecom Australia, returning to join the UK arm in 1992 following the merger.

During his time Down Under, his mother would send him cuttings from the Western Gazette newspaper to keep him in touch with the club.

After Systems Reliability was acquired by Canadian firm TSB International three years later, he transferred to Toronto in 1995 and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the company.

Four years later, he returned to the UK and later was involved in a management buy-out of what was then TSB’s European division which was rebranded, Nu Holdings Group, becoming the largest distributor IT products from a major US firm.


Robins’ appointment to the board follows the departure of Glenn Collis as a director last month, a move which coincided with Priestnall declaring his plan to assemble a new board.

Speaking last week after he club sold its Huish Park stadium and land around it in a £2.8m deal with South Somerset District Council, Priestnall said he would be “announcing appointments” to the board over the next week.

He added: “The new board will have a combination of specialist football operations, a voice for supporters and a wealth of experience in business, that will come together and help shape the future of Yeovil Town.”

Former chief executive Martyn Starnes has become a regular fixture at Huish Park in recent weeks and therefore seems likely to be an announcement at some point.

Cygnet Stadium, Taunton

Yeovil Town have added another pre-season friendly to the schedule with a trip to Taunton Town in the books for Tuesday 12th of July.

The game will kick off at 7:45pm against the newly promoted National League South side.

The two sides met last pre-season with Yeovil winning 1-0.


The Full Pre-Season schedule so far looks like this;

Tues 12th July – Taunton – Away – 7:45pm

Sat July 16th – Exeter – Home – 3pm

Sat July 23rd – Plymouth- Home – 3pm

Tues Jule 26th – Dorchester- Away – 7:45*

 

Sonny Blu Lo-Everton. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Departing Yeovil Town loanee, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton has been offered a new contract at his parent club Watford.

Lo-Everton played in over 40 games across all competitions (yes, including the Somerset Premier Cup) scoring once in the league, a memorable second goal away at Wrexham.

The 19-year old was due to come to the end of his deal at the Hornets but now has the chance to stay longer.

Dorchester’s Avenue Stadium 📸 Ciderspace

Further to the two home friendlies with Exeter and Plymouth which have already been announced, Dorchester Town has confirmed that the Glovers will visit the Avenue ahead of the 2022/23 season.

Chris Hargreaves’ side will head to the Avenue on Tuesday 26th of July, presumably with a 7:45pm kick off.

Ticket details are not yet available from the Magpies, we will confirm them when we know more.


Yeovil Town Pre Season Fixtures so far;

Sat July 16th – Exeter – Home – 3pm

Sat July 23rd – Plymouth- Home – 3pm

Tues Jule 26th – Dorchester- Away – 7:45*

Grant Smith. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

The good news just keeps on coming this evening, Yeovil Town goalkeeper Grant Smith has extended his stay at Huish Park for another season.

The stopper has been a mainstay in the side since joining from Chesterfield keeping over a dozen clean sheets this season.

Speaking to YTFC.net he said;

“I’m delighted to be on board for another year, I’m really looking forward to the season ahead and hopefully we can improve on last season. 

Personally, I think I have done well since I arrived, but I feel there’s definitely a lot more to come from me next season! 

“The conversations with Chris Hargreaves have been really positive, I’m really looking forward to working with him next season.”

… and we’re looking forward to having you, Grant!

(Any excuse for this pic too…)

Grant Smith… celebrates… against W*ymouth

 

Toby Stephens claps the Yeovil fans

Yeovil Town youngster Toby Stephens has had his contract extended after the Glovers triggered a clause to further his stay at Huish Park.

Stephens spent time on loan with Barnstaple Town and Hemel Hempstead this past season and had represented the first team in both the Somerset Premier Cup and a handful of league games including off the bench against Stockport during the 3-0 win at Edgeley Park.

Congratulations Toby!

📸 Ciderspace

No sooner had the 2021/2022 season finish, did the preparation for 22/23 begin and we have our first pre season friendly in the books.

Exeter, fresh from Promotion to League One will come to Huish Park on Saturday July 16th with a 3pm Kick Off and…

Plymouth Argyle will visit Huish Park on Saturday July 23rd, with a 3pm Kick Off.

Argyle are preparing for their season in League One as well and will take in other local games against Bristol City and Truro.

Ticket news will be made available in due course.

 

Avon and Somerset Police have handed a 3-year football banning order to a 29-year old man from Yeovil.

The ban applies to the FA Cup game between Yeovil and W*ymouth on October 16th, which ended in a 1-1 draw with the replay going the way of the Glovers a few days later.

In an update on a number of incidents, the Police Statement read that the supporter was convicted of possessing a firework, flare or pyrotechnic item “in relation his actions at Yeovil Town’s game at home to Weymouth Town on 16 October 2021.

A three-year football banning order was given to him.”

The statement does not give any more details as to whether or not the person was in the home or away end.

 

 

Dan Moss. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

We are starting to spot a pattern.

Former Yeovil Town loanee and Millwall right back Dan Moss will line up alongside Luke Wilkinson for Darren Sarll in the defence of Woking.

Moss will sign a 2-year deal on July 1st.

Moss played a half season with the Glovers impressing on multiple occasions in the absence of Mark Little.

 

The recent Yeovil Town legends game was a huge success with the Glovers drawing 3-3 with a South West Legends side in a dramatic game at Huish Park.

Taylor Stansfield‘s late equaliser helped seal a come back from 3-0 down for the boys in green and white.

It also helped to raise a load of money for the Adam Stansfield Foundation.

There was a printed programme available on the day which completely sold out!

Now, organisers Abby Carter and Kev Gall have made the souvenir programme available digitally for anyone who may have missed out.

Drop YTFCGame@gmail.com an email as you’ll be sent a (rather large) file with all 50-odd pages of content including interviews with many of the legends on show.

Donations to the foundation are welcomed if anyone wishes to make one- click HERE and head to the bottom of the page and click the link, or make a purchase from the AS9 Foundation shop.

Check out Mike Kunz’s legends day gallery below, you can listen to the special legends day Gloverscast HERE or download wherever you get your podcats from!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just one week ago, nearly 2000 Yeovil, Exeter and South West football fans came to Huish Park to celebrate the life of Adam Stansfield and raise money for his foundation.

In the build up to the game, the Gloverscast trio joined a host of local reporters, Yeovil fans and hugely respected YTFC people came together to put together a programme, however one article didn’t make the souvenir programme.

Below is my chat with Andy Lindegaard, who had amazing memories of the sides with which he played across many, many years of success.


Andy Lindegaard breaks up-field for Yeovil

It’s fair to say that being a Yeovil fan from 2000 onwards was a special experience, a decade of unprecedented success with the teams from 2002, 03, 05 and 07 all living long in the memories of a Glovers fans.

We can only imagine what it would have been like to have been on the inside through it all, but one player and one player alone did the best of both worlds.

Andy Lindegaard was a Yeovil born, Glovers fan who had been part of the local football from a young age and have been in the youth team under Stu Housley and Maurice O’Donnell before breaking into the first team in 1999 and playing for the next eight years through so many top teams, he spoke to the Gloverscast’s Ben Barrett about how it felt to be part of multiple teams who found success at Huish Park.

When Gary Johnson joined, he inherited a team that was close to success but hadn’t quite landed the big one, Lindy says a little sprinkling of quality was all that was needed.

“When Gary came in, he added a bit of quality, Lee Johnson came in, (Colin) Milesy and Steve Collis, those were the three I remember from the first day of preseason. They’d come from the Football League and had a little bit of experience, but it was more just the team spirit we had together. Anything we did, everyone wanted to win each time. It’s that attitude that helps bring success”

2001/02 culminating in a Trophy Final was a special occasion for Lindegaard, but it was just the start of the journey

We were at the start of riding that wave, I remember going to Villa Park and the whole of Yeovil was there, it was something special.”

After that, the team conquered the conference and League Two with so many happy memories.

It was a winning mentality, we had a lot of pace, it was attack, attack, attack, the fans were spoilt!”

One of my best memories is playing in front of Huish Park when it was jam packed full, we used to get six or seven thousand every week.”

Lindegaard still has the match ball from his hat trick against Gravesend and Northfleet kicking about in the garden and the medals are framed up and on display for family and friends to enjoy, his only ‘what if’… not playing as a striker a bit more.

I wish I played up front more, but we signed Kevin Gall so I didn’t get a look in.”

Fast forward to 2007 and things had changed. Johnson had left, Slade had come in and yet the success continued with the League One play-offs.

Slade, he says, was different to Johnson in the way they approached management but both got results.

Gary was more of a shouter, he liked to encourage players that way, Russell Slade was more of school teacher-ish”

“Russell wouldn’t overload the players with information, but Gary had his own form of data analysis, it was ticks and crosses as we sat and watched the games back.”

Lindegaard was quick to take up the offer to come back and play in this game for the Adam Stansfield foundation, because of who Adam was, and he knew before most that Stanno would go on to be great.

“Stanno always had a smile on his face. I actually played in the game where Gary discovered him. For the reserves, against Elmore. It was a cold, rainy night, luckily I wasn’t playing in defence, so he didn’t run me ragged. I remember playing in that game and he turned up to training the next Monday”.

The rest was history.

From struggling to find somewhere to train with the reserve side to finishing his 8-year stint at Wembley Stadium in 2007, Andy Lindegaard saw it all happen around him and he hopes that for one more packed out Huish Park will wrap up the story nicely.

Lindy and his blonde locks 📸 Mike Kunz

“As soon as they mentioned this game, I wanted to get involved. I’m really looking forward to it, I haven’t seen a lot of the players in a while, I keep in touch with a couple of the lads, it’ll be good. Some of the lads who are coming back never got to play with Stanno so it’ll be good to see teams from across the generations”

When asked who would win between a 2003 Yeovil side and the 2007 Glovers team, it was close, but he reckons the Johnson side would have just about edged it.

I’d probably say the 2003 team would win, but, the 2007 team was the highest we’d ever been. That team was full of quality, but my instinct says that Weasel (Darren Way) and Lee Johnson would make the difference”

Those sides come together today to take on the South West XI, the best of both worlds!


To donate to Andy’s blonde hair Just Giving page Click HERE

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To take a look at the Gloverscast Photo Gallery of the day courtesy of Mike Kunz, Click HERE

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