Ryan Dickson: Yeovil have nothing to lose against Bradford

(Originally published on Yeovil Town’s official website, available to read online here)

Defender Ryan Dickson says Town can enjoy their Emirates FA Cup tie with Bradford City this weekend.

The Bantams will travel to Huish Park for the third round match on Saturday (3pm), with Yeovil currently the lowest-ranked side left in the competition.

Dickson spent a short period on loan at Bradford before signing permanently for the Glovers and is relishing taking them on in Somerset.

“We’ve got nothing to lose, and Yeovil’s history in this competition is obviously there for everyone to see, so the boys can just go out there and enjoy it,” he told iFollow Glovers. Continue reading


Jake Gray says Yeovil know how to hurt Exeter

(Originally published on Yeovil Town’s official website, available to read online here.)

Jake Gray says Yeovil know how to hurt Saturday’s opponents Exeter City.

The 21-year-old has made 21 appearances so far this season and played in the impressive 0-0 away draw at Mansfield Town last weekend.

The midfielder also recently notched his first goal for Town in the Checkatrade Trophy victory over AFC Wimbledon and is hoping for more, starting with the visit of the Grecians this weekend.

“Terry (Skiverton) touched on it this week saying it’s a big derby for the club and we’ve got to be right at it so it’s definitely something we’re looking forward to,” Gray told iFollow Glovers.

“Any team in this league’s difficult to beat, but saying that, anyone can beat anyone, so we’re looking to give it a good go.

“They’re a footballing side. I’ve played against them a few times now.

“They’ve got some dangerous players going forward and we’ve got our own strengths as well, so we know where we can hurt them and it will be good.”  Continue reading

Somerset Live ‘Fan’s View’

On Monday, I took part in Somerset Live’s new ‘Fan’s View’ feature, which gives Yeovil Town supporters the chance to voice their opinions.

I was interviewed before the crucial fixture against Crewe Alexandra, which the Glovers impressively won 3 – 0. You can see the video online by following the link in the tweet below.

Under 12s helped by Burgess need sponsors

(Originally published in The News, available to read online here)

will-chittyAN UNDER-12s football team which was treated to a surprise training session by a Pompey player has revealed it is struggling to find a shirt sponsor.

Skilful Soccer Youth received worldwide media attention after Portsmouth FC’s Christian Burgess turned up to a training session last month.

The defender was contacted by coach Will Chitty after tweeting that he was at a loose end because Pompey’s League Two fixture away to Crawley had been…

Read more at: http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/under-12s-football-team-treated-to-training-session-with-pompey-player-burgess-need-sponsors-1-7822953

Lee Bradbury learning through adversity with Havant & Waterlooville

Tears on the terrace. Fans on the floor. Heads in hands. That was the reaction to Havant & Waterlooville being relegated from the National League South. They had just drawn 1 – 1 with Weston-Super-Mare, but it wasn’t enough to save them.

Havant & Waterlooville fans react to their team being relegated

Relegation always hurts, but being sent down on goal difference must have made it extra painful for the Hampshire club and its fans.

Just eight months later, things are different, as the Hawks are flying high in the Isthmian League. They’ve lost on just four occasions so far, as they aim to get back to the level where they feel they belong.

However, despite the mood around Westleigh Park being a far more positive one these days, manager Lee Bradbury still doesn’t hide the heartbreak that he felt on that fateful day in April.

“It was awful,” Bradbury says. “We found ourselves in a position that, myself included up until about five games to go, didn’t think we’d ever be in. Continue reading

‘Tales from the Training Ground’ – an interview with Pompey kitman Kev McCormack

The Northern Blues, a Portsmouth FC supporters club for fans living in the Midlands and Northern England, recently sent me to Fratton Park to chat with larger than life kitman Kev McCormack.

In this episode, we talk about which football club Kev used to support when he was younger, as well as memorable characters such as Brian Clough and Ian Holloway.

The series can only be seen on The Northern Blues’ official website, where you can find all previous episodes. Click here to watch the latest installment.


Pompey Make Strong Start to New Season

(Published in The Galleon, available to read online here)

Portsmouth have made a strong start to their new campaign, as they try to gain promotion from League Two at the fourth time of asking.

Last season, Paul Cook’s leadership led the Blues to 6th in the League Two table; it was the first time they had finished in the top 10 of any league since 2008, and also the closest they had come to getting out of the Football League’s basement division.

Unfortunately, despite the strong season, a devastating injury-time goal from Peter Hartley in the Play-Off Semi-Final second leg meant that Plymouth Argyle would be heading to Wembley instead of Pompey. The Pilgrims eventually lost in the final, as AFC Wimbledon were promoted to League One.

This time around, Portsmouth fans are hoping that their team can go one better than last year, and bookies made Paul Cook’s men firm favourites to finish in one of the division’s three automatic promotion places. Continue reading

Yeovil Town 4 – 3 Portsmouth (EFL Trophy)

(Published in The Galleon, available to read online here)

A weakened Portsmouth side were beaten in the controversial EFL Trophy by Yeovil Town in a seven-goal thriller. A Michael Smith hat-trick wasn’t enough for the away side, as goals from Bevis Mugabi, Izale McLeod and two strikes from Tom Eaves ensured victory for the Glovers.

A boycott due to the inclusion of Premier League B Teams in this year’s competition led to an attendance of just 1,534. This made for a quiet atmosphere inside Huish Park, although the travelling Blues supporters cheered their team on until the end.

It was the home team who made the better start, with McLeod finding himself one-on-one with goalkeeper Liam O’Brien. However, the former Pompey striker’s shot hit the post and the ball was cleared to safety. Continue reading