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Yeovil Town have confirmed fans will be allowed back in Huish Park for the final two home fixtures of the season.

In a statement on the official site, the club confirms that the games against Maidenhead United on Tuesday, May 18 and the final game of the season against $tockport County on Saturday, May 29.

Both games will be subject to “government  guidelines and necessary permissions”, according to the club statement.

All “active season ticket holders”, which are those who either received a partial refund, a streaming pass, or donated funds to the club, will have physical tickets sent to their home address, it added.

No details have yet been released around the other fixture which falls in the same period, the away trip to Altrincham on Saturday, May 22.

However, it seems unlikely away fans will be admitted to any fixtures for the remainder of the campaign.

Read the full statement on the club’s website – here.

Future National League sides Grimsby and Southend are lodging a proposal against their relegation from the EFL saying it’s “unfair” to be relegated into a league where there was no relegation.

Speaking to the Southend Echo, Southend Chairman, Ron Martin has said that the proposal will be discussed at the EFL.

Martin claimed the proposal had been submitted by Grimsby, with input from Southend, and the Mariners are yet to comment.

Let’s see how that goes, eh?

Grimsby Town will be opponents of Yeovil’s next season after relegation from League Two. Yesterday, the club confirmed that the majority shareholder John Fenty had sold his shares to the newly formed 1878 company owned by Jason Stockwood and Andrew Pettit.

There’s a Yeovil Town FC link at the heart of the new Grimsby operation, a certain Mark Palmer. Palmer would be assisting them in the assessment of and options for the football operations. Palmer has aided the consortium through the takeover process in his role as managing director of Insight 63, a UK-based advisory firm working in football.

There’s an interview with Francios Zoko following Yeovil’s relegation in 2019, which provides some insight into Palmer’s contribution at Huish Park.


Zoko told the paper that he was aware of Palmer’s involvement back at the club during November 2018, and said that the Football Advisor was directly engaging with the club’s first team players, even to the point of entering the dressing room. He felt that was crossing a line that ‘office’ people should never do: “I felt it from the start. When we were speaking to someone who wanted to take over at the club, as soon as they stepped in and crossed the line the club got worse and worse. From November, Mark Palmer was there and they ruined the club. That’s it. You have an office and dressing room. When someone from the office, like Palmer, crosses the line and comes into the dressing room speaking to players, promising things, you’re killing it.” READ MORE HERE…


Stockwood, the new Mariners chairman said: “Grimsby Town belongs to the fans and the community; we are truly honoured to now be the custodians of the club, running it on their behalf. To that end, involving the fans is essential for us. We will listen carefully to them and will want their help in running the club properly and setting an ambitious, progressive, and crucially, sustainable vision for progress.

“We’re fully aware we’ve inherited a club in a challenging situation and we commit to be open and transparent about what we can and can’t do – and to be realistic about the job in hand. We wish to give special thanks to Paul Hurst for all the hard work and commitment he and his team have been putting in to build the squad from a tough position. We look forward to continuing to work with Paul and the team into next season and beyond. Andrew and I are working as close partners on all decisions. We are passionate about Grimsby Town and I am deeply honoured and privileged to take on the role of Chair and have the opportunity to try and help the club improve over the next few years.”

As well as changes to the club’s board, the new owners also announced that

Yeovil Town face another of the National League’s promotion-chasing sides as they travel to a Wrexham team in ominously good form on Saturday.

The Dragons are unbeaten in their last five with 11 points for a possible 15 and sit in sixth place heading in the weekend.

Unfortunately for the Glovers, there is no room for their hosts to make an error this weekend with Bromley, Notts County and Chesterfield breathing down their necks.

The Wrexham players have an additional incentive courtesy of their new owners, Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, who have created a £250,000 bonus pot for the players.

Each player will receive £200 for each win and £50 for a draw – but only as long as they remain in the play-offs.


FROM THE MANAGER

Wrexham manager Dean Keates has set his side a target of matching their recent form and is looking for three wins and two draws in their final five games, starting this weekend.

Speaking to the Wrexham Leader, he said: “We have picked up 11 points from the last five games and we have got to look to replicate that over the next five games.
“If we can do that, it will give us a massive shout of getting into the play-off places. We want to get maximum points every single game but you have to be realistic.”

The Dragons came from 2-0 down to earn a 2-2 draw at Maidenhead United on Bank Holiday Monday.


TEAM NEWS

Striker Kwame Thomas, who scored for Wrexham in the reverse fixture at Huish Park in October, is the only first-team squad member missing for boss Dean Keates this weekend.

The joint top-scorer is out for the season having ruptured an Achilles.

The home side have been boosted by the return of captain Shaun Pearson who returned over the Easter period after a long lay-off following treatment on a foot injury.

Such is the strength in depth of the Dragons’ squad that Keates was able to make four changes between their 2-1 win over Solihull Moors last weekend and the 2-2 draw at Maidenhead United on Bank Holiday Monday.

The boss told the Wrexham Leader: “We are in a good place with strength in depth, the only injury that we are carrying at the moment is Kwame who is a long-term one. Everybody is ready and contributing. It is a full group so we are happy with it.”

Former Glover Gold Omotayo has started the last six games since joining the Dragons on a short-term deal until the end of the season, scoring once in a 4-0 win at Woking last month.

Keanu Marsh-Brown did not even make the squad for the draw at Maidenhead in the last outing and has featured only twice since joining a month ago.

 

For the lowdown on Wrexham, including more on the recent takeover, listen to the chat with Tim Edwards of Wrexham fanzine Fearless in Devotion on the latest edition of the Gloverscast.

The curtain came down on another successful season in League One with a 2-0 away win at Carlisle.

The win, thanks to goals from Jon Obika and Dean Bowditch, meant that the Glovers signed off the season with a six-match unbeaten streak.

Three points on the final day of the 2010/2011 season secured Yeovil a 14th place finish, level on points with Carlisle and Charlton who only finished above the Glovers on goal difference.

It also meant that Sheffield Wednesday finished below Yeovil Town in the final standings whilst Plymouth Argyle, Bristol Rovers and Swindon were all relegated out of the division along with Dagenham & Redbridge.

Dean Bowditch ended the season as the club’s top scorer with 15 goals, whilst on loan ‘keeper Stephen Henderson picked up the majority of the end of season awards.

The Carlisle side that day included both Francois Zoko and Paddy Madden who would both go on to do alright in green and white later in their careers.

Yeovil XI – Henderson, Alcock (Ehmer, 45), Virgo, Ayling, Smith, MacDonald, Upson (Tutte, 22), Wotton, Welsh, Obika, Bowditch (Jones, 70).

Unused Subs – Stewart, Russell, Gibson, Fitzsimons


Terry Skiverton gave a very honest assessment of how he’s been handling a tough season on and off the pitch at Huish Park.

When asked if the he was still enjoying his roles at the club, the club legend gave a very honest answer: “No, I’m not going to lie, it’s been probably my hardest time throughout my career at Yeovil.”

The club is still processing the shocking loss of Captain Lee Collins who passed away in March as well as trying to negotiate a behind-closed-doors season in a global pandemic.

“Because of what happened [Lee Collins’ passing] and my relationship with Lee within the squad, he was the Captain of the football club, he was number four, we shared the same shirt number, the same roles and responsibilities as a Captain, so no, it’s been really hard to come in every day and make sure we are upbeat and giving energy to the players.”

Skiverton acknowledged his role as a leader within the coaching staff and recognised that he had a part to play in getting his players, colleagues and supporters through a hard time.

“One thing that we do here, is make sure we come up to work, we arrive at work and make sure we are rocking and rolling, so the players know they have staff behind them ready to go. We are all in, we are going to turn up on a Saturday and try and get a result. They need to see that, feel that and they need to know that we are 100% behind them, alongside them, in front of them, and we are leading in the right way as well.”

There’s no doubt the events of the last month have taken their toll on everyone associated with Yeovil Town and it was refreshing to hear a club legend like Skiverton speak so honestly, and openly.


Yeovil Town Assistant Manager Terry Skiverton took media duties ahead of the trip to Wrexham and he suggested that, despite the injury problems, the Glovers aren’t ready to take their foot off the pedal in the hunt for success.

Speaking to the BBC, when asked about the squad’s fitness status ahead of the trip to Wales, Skiverton said: “It’ll be touch and go, a lot of the players have been in, in doing their rehab. We’ve got a real small group training today [Thursday] and then tomorrow we will do something that’s very, very light and we will have to readjust and get the right squad that travels up so that everybody’s fit.”

With the season drawing to a close and the squad looking very thin, Skiverton – who also doubles up as the Academy Manager at Huish Park – said we might get to see a few new, younger, faces over the coming games.

“We are a little bit down to the bare bones, we’ve got a few of the younger boys that have come up and will be training with us today and maybe surprising by seeing one or two in the squad come Saturday, we will just have to wait and see.”

Yeovil included Toby Stephens in the squad for the game against Halifax who is a regular with the Under-18s, whilst goalkeeper Max Evans has been a regular in the travelling parties and of course, Alfie Lloyd – who has plenty of goals in green and white at youth level – has also made the squad this season.

Lloyd wasn’t part of the Under-18s last fixture following confirmation that he has spent time on trial with QPR recently, so his involvement is unclear.

When asked about how the club are tackling the run in to a season, which looks likely to end in a mid table finish, Skiverton admitted it hasn’t been easy for everyone, but that there’s no sense of throwing in the towel just yet.

“It’s been tough, even today with me coming in today and doing the press, the Manager [Darren Sarll] has been feeling a bit flat. We’ve had two really good performances and two good wins, but to come up short on Monday, we’ve been flat after that. We’ve still got to make sure we’re pushing, we’re playing for our supporters every week, who are right behind us – that’s right at the forefront of our minds. The group we’ve got, with the manager, with the football club, we won’t sacking nothing off, our supporters want to see hard work, determination, character. They want to see us defending well and scoring goals.”

With everyone at the club was fighting for their futures and plenty of players out of contract, Skiverton reaffirmed that the attitude of everyone continues to be hardworking and professional.

The Glovers head to play-off chasing Wrexham on Saturday with a 3pm kick-off.


As the season draws to a close, clubs up and down the land are starting to formulate their plans for next season with plenty of players being either offered a new deal, or told to find a new club for the new season.

Below, we here at the Gloverscast will keep a list of the former YTFC players who have their decisions delivered to them, Gloverscast Ben will be keeping this list updated throughout the course of the next couple of weeks, if you spot any former Glovers on R&R lists, feel free to tag @benbarrett10 on Twitter and it’ll be added to the list.

We will divide the lists up by division according the league in which they played the 2020/21 season.

Premier League
To Be Completed

Championship
To Be Completed

League One
The MK Dons have announced that former Yeovil striker Kieran Agard will be leaving the club at the end of the season.
Agard famously became the words first ‘Twansfer’ after being scouted on social media after Yeovil manager Terry Skiverton announced he needed the help of Twitter to find some new players!
Agard leaves the Dons as their 3rd highest goalscorer ever.

League Two
To Be Completed

National League

The First National League side to declare their future plans are Dover.
Dover withdrew from the 2020/21 season and saw all their results expunged, including the 3-1 loss to Yeovil on 30th of January, the last time Andy Hessenthaler’s side played.
They have announced they plan to go part-time for next season and as a result, plenty of their full-time players have been released, including former Yeovil Town midfielder, Oscar Gobern.

MAY 6th 2013

Ed Upson Day will live long in the memory for all Glovers fans.

Yeovil Town, under Gary Johnson, pulled off a miracle by getting promoted out of League One and into the Championship for the first time ever in 2013.

The Play Off campaign saw the Glovers face off against Sheffield United and despite losing 1-0 in the first leg, the story that unfolded on the Bank Holiday Monday of May 2013 will go down in EFL folklore, as Yeovil, once again, came back in the second leg to book their place at Wembley,

Goals from Kevin Dawson in the 6th minute and famously Ed Upson just before full time took the Glovers to the League One show piece for the second time.

The match itself ebbed and flowed, United hit the bar in the first half whilst Paddy Madden missed a glorious opportunity in the second.

Many a tale has been told of this magical day, with over 8000 in the ground and plenty more watching on TV,

Scorer Kevin Dawson said after the game;

“This means everything to the club. I can’t explain what I’m feeling. It’s the best feeling I’ve ever had in my life, unreal.

“We’re now 90 minutes away from the Championship and that’s where we want to be. I’ve never been to Wembley, so I can’t wait.”

Whilst Gary Johnson told Sky Sports; “It’s very special for our club, our town, our players… we’re a little old club in Yeovil and we’ve got ourselves to Wembley, one game away from the Championship.”

Supporters invaded the pitch after the full time whistle with celebrations from all sides of Huish Park still available to watch on You Tube to take us back to arguably Huish Park’s greatest day.

The highlights are below, take six minutes to celebrate the 8th Ed Upson Day celebrations