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Yeovil Town Fixtures 2018/19: Fans to travel more this season to face teams like Swindon Town, MK Dons, Notts County and Carlisle United

The equivalent of a one-way trip to Londonderry in Northern Ireland awaits Glovers fans this season after it has been calculated that Yeovil Town will be travelling 342 more miles for away games this season than they did last campaign.

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It all begins with a 484 mile round-trip on the opening day of the campaign to face newly relegated Bury, one of four Northern teams to enter League Two this season.

Whilst Glovers fans will be happy to see the back of the 522 mile round-trip to Accrington Stanley, using both stadiums as a start and end point, the addition of trips to Oldham Athletic, Northampton Town, MK Dons and Bury and also newly promoted Macclesfield Town and Tranmere Rovers has increased next season’s mileage, which could see supporters more out of pocket.

Joe Edwards was sent off the last time Yeovil Town visited Tranmere Rovers in the League, a 3-2 defeat in October 2012 in League One, at 494 miles, it is longest of the new journeys fans will have to make next season (Image: Steve Bond/PPAUK)

Unsurprisingly, Yeovil’s biggest trek continues to be to Carlisle, clocking in at a 674-mile round trip, which is nearly 100 miles more than the coastal visit to Grimsby Town (586 miles), with Morecambe now the only other 500-plus trip at 556.

Yeovil Town’s longest journeys

The only sub-100 mile trip Yeovil Town face is against Exeter City, with Newport County (171.2), Swindon Town (158.2) and Forest Green Rovers (193) being the only trips to clock below 200 miles.

Yeovil Town’s shortest journeys

Last season, Yeovil fans managed an average 343.34 miles per trip but with Luton Town (296), Wycombe Wanderers (270) and Coventry City (340) being promoted and Barnet (278) being relegated, the inheritance of Oldham (480), Bury (484), Macclesfield (428) and Tranmere (494), now pushes the average trip up to 358.21.

Yeovil were the fourth most travelled side last campaign, behind Carlisle, Exeter and Morecambe. Coventry and Notts County, being in the Midlands, travelled the least.

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A Trip to MK Dons could spark the start of a difficult spell for Exeter City, but Matt Taylor will relish a home start to the season

The reality of Matt Taylor’s appointment as Exeter City manager will truly sink in when the Grecians host Carlisle United on the opening day of the season.

The Cumbrians will probably be delighted to get the longest trip of the season out of the way on August 4 when the 2018/19 campaign gets under way, but for city, it could prove to be a testing start for Taylor.

If you had said a few weeks ago that the first fixture Exeter fans would be looking out for would be MK Dons, you probably would have had a few funny looks.

But, the trip to Paul Tisdale’s new home will happen on August 25, which is the start of what is likely to be the toughest run in for Taylor’s side.

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That trip to Milton Keynes is followed by games against last season’s play-off contenders Lincoln City and Notts County, followed by a trip to a side that will be desperate to make it this time in Mansfield Town.

How pivotal could this run-in be? Well, it will be still relatively early in the season, so you would think that the table would still be a little early to read in terms who will challenge for promotion and who will struggle, but you feel those four games will judge how Exeter will fair in the battle for the top seven at least.

Points against these sides will surely give Taylor, and the city faithful, huge belief that they can challenge for promotion for the third successive season – a poor run however could make it a difficult period for the new boss.

What sort of reception will Jordan Moore-Taylor receive when he returns to Exeter? (Image: Pinnacle)

October looks fairly favourable, although these predictions are based on last season’s final standings, with games against the likes of Grimsby, Yeovil, and Forest Green Rovers all to come then.

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Fortunately for city, the festive period is relatively favourable in terms of

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Yeovil Town Fixtures 2018/19: Yeovil given tough opening spell as fixtures are released – see when The Glovers face Swindon Town, Notts County, MK Dons and Exeter City

Yeovil Town have been handed a tough start to the new League Two campaign and will face four of the top five favourites for the title in their opening seven fixtures.

It all begins with a trip up the M5/M6 to face Bury, who are returning to the fourth tier following their relegation last season, on August 4.

The Glovers’ first game at Huish Park will be the following Saturday in a tough encounter against Mansfield Town who, according to Sky Bet at the time of writing, are third favourites to win the title.

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After the Carabao Cup first round fixture, Yeovil travel to second favourites Notts County before hosting newly-relegated Oldham Athletic in the first Tuesday fixture of the campaign.

Otis Khan scores the opener from a free-kick during the opening day 8-2 defeat to Luton Town last season (Image: Steve Bond/PPAUK)

Yeovil currently begin the campaign as second favourite to be relegated, despite manager Darren Way’s hopes for a top seven play-off finish, and their easiest opening match is arguably going to be at home to Stevenage, currently sixth favourite to face the drop, on August 25.

After hosting current title favourites MK Dons on September 8, the Glovers then have a spell against Newport County (away) and Swindon Town (home).

The Glovers are then handed another couple of local ties in Exeter City at home on October 6 and Cheltenham Town away the following week. They then welcome newly promoted Tranmere Rovers to Huish Park.

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Yeovil’s Christmas schedule begins against newly relegated Northampton Town at home on December 22 before a trip to St James’ Park on Boxing Day to face Exeter.

The Glovers are then away to Tranmere on December 29 and then host Cheltenham on New Year’s Day.

Following last season’s trip to Lincoln for the final day of the last campaign, Yeovil will end the League season on May 4 at home to Carlisle United.

Yeovil’s final six games of the season begin with an away trip to Swindon on April 6, home to Crawley Town, away

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Exeter City start with home game against Carlisle and face Paul Tisdale's MK Dons at the end of August

Exeter City will be at home to Carlisle United on the opening day of the season with the Grecians playing host to the Cumbrians on Saturday, August 4.

The two sides met in a League Two play-off semi-final classic at the end of the 2016/17 season, which saw the Grecians win through to Wembley 6-5 on aggregate. But the Cumbrioans are under new management now with former Plymouth Argyle boss John Sheridan at the Brunton Park helm.

City fans will not have to wait too long before renewing acquaintances with former manager Paul Tisdale either. The Grecians are due to travel to Stadium MK on August, 25 – their fifth game of the season – while their first away game will be at Morecambe on August 11.

They have a Westcountry derby to look forward to on Boxing Day when Yeovil Town make the short trip down from south Somerset, while City will finish the campaign away to another localish team, Forest Green Rovers, on Saturday, May 4.

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August

04 – Exeter City v Carlisle United 3pm
11 – Morecambe v Exeter City 3pm
18 – Exeter City v Newport County 3pm
21 – Cambridge United v Exeter City 7.45pm
25 – Milton Keynes Dons v Exeter City 3pm

September

01 – Exeter City v Lincoln City 3pm
08 – Exeter City v Notts. County 3pm
15 – Mansfield Town v Exeter City 3pm
22 – Exeter City v Cheltenham Town 3pm
29 – Port Vale v Exeter City 3pm

October

02 – Exeter City v Stevenage 7.45pm
06 – Yeovil Town v Exeter City 3pm
09 – FA CUP FIRST ROUND
13 – Exeter City v Swindon Town 3pm
20 – Grimsby Town v Exeter City 3pm
23 – Crawley Town v Exeter City 7.45pm
27 – Exeter City v Forest Green Rovers 3pm

November

03 – Tranmere Rovers v Exeter City 3pm
10 – FA CUP SECOND ROUND
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League Two fixtures 2018/19 in full: Tranmere, MK Dons, Notts County and Lincoln games revealed for new season

Tranmere Rovers kick off their return to the Football League with a trip to Stevenage on the opening day of the League Two season.

Micky Mellon’s side secured a return through the National League playoffs and will also face Cheltenham, Swindon, Mansfield and Port Vale during their opening month.

National League winners Macclesfield Town will head to Swindon in their opening fixture, before facing Grimsby at home the following week.

MK Dons, now under Paul Tisdale, begin League Two life at another relegated side, Oldham Athletic, while Tisdale’s former side, Exeter, host Carlisle United

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Bury v Yeovil Town

Cheltenham Town v Crawley Town

Crewe Alexandra v Morecambe

Exeter City v Carlisle United

Grimsby Town v Forest Green Rovers

Mansfield Town v Newport County

Northampton Town v Lincoln City

Notts. County v Colchester United

Oldham Athletic v Milton Keynes Dons

Port Vale v Cambridge United

Stevenage v Tranmere Rovers

Swindon Town v Macclesfield Town

11th

Carlisle United v Northampton Town

Colchester United v Port Vale

Crawley Town v Stevenage

Forest Green Rovers v Oldham Athletic

Lincoln City v Swindon Town

Macclesfield Town v Grimsby Town

Milton Keynes Dons v Bury

Morecambe v Exeter City

Newport County v Crewe Alexandra

Tranmere Rovers v Cheltenham Town

Yeovil Town v Mansfield Town

18th

Bury v Forest Green Rovers

Cheltenham Town v Carlisle United

Crewe Alexandra v Milton Keynes Dons

Exeter City v Newport County

Grimsby Town v Lincoln City

Mansfield Town v Colchester United

Northampton Town v Cambridge United

Notts. County v Yeovil Town

Oldham Athletic v Macclesfield Town

Port Vale v Crawley Town

Stevenage v Morecambe

Swindon Town v Tranmere Rovers

21st

Cambridge United v Exeter City

Carlisle United v Port Vale

Colchester United v Crewe Alexandra

Crawley Town v Swindon Town

Forest Green Rovers v Stevenage

Lincoln City v Bury

Macclesfield Town v Cheltenham Town

Milton Keynes Dons v Grimsby Town

Morecambe v Northampton Town

Newport County v Notts. County

Tranmere Rovers v Mansfield Town

Yeovil Town v Oldham Athletic

25th

Cambridge United v Cheltenham Town

Carlisle

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Could any other Exeter City player follow Paul Tisdale and Jordan Moore-Taylor to MK Dons?

Jordan Moore-Taylor’s departure to MK Dons should not really have come as too much of a shock to Exeter fans, but will he be the only City player linking up with former manager Paul Tisdale?

During his time in charge of the Grecians, Tisdale made no secret of just how highly he rates the 24-year-old, who followed his mentor to Milton Keynes on Tuesday in a free transfer switch.

The clause in his contract that allowed him to go for nothing has been questioned by City fans. How could the club let one of its prized assets walk away for nothing? Why did it allow him to leave for a League Two club, rather than a club from a higher division?

But as the anger slowly subsides over a transfer deal that has infuriated the Grecians’ fanbase, the concern now is who else could follow Tisdale and Moore-Taylor to Milton Keynes?

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There are already reports flying around that Hiram Boateng wants away from St James’ Park and is also high on Tisdale’s wish list. The likelihood is minimal, though, given that he only signed for Exeter last August and is under contract for at least another year with the club.

The 22-year-old midfielder had a fairly decent first season at St James’ Park with the highlight undoubtedly coming in the second leg of the play-off semi-final against Lincoln City. With City a goal to the good, Boateng picked the ball up just outside his own penalty box and advanced a good 50-60 yards before curling a delightful shot in off the far post with his left foot.

It showed just what he is capable of, but unfortunately for City, they didn’t see enough of it last season. Boateng is undoubtedly a very talented player – and young as well – but he must find that consistency to his game to achieve his

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Furious Exeter City fans demand answers as Jordan Moore-Taylor joins MK Dons on free transfer

If odd tactics in a second successive defeat at Wembley wasn’t the straw the broke the camels back for Exeter City fans as far as Paul Tisdale is concerned, his signing of Jordan Moore-Taylor could well be.

The Grecian’s captain has followed the former Exeter manager to MK Dons and has done so on a free transfer.

The 24-year-old was under contract for the forthcoming campaign, but a clause in his deal allowed him to leave St James’ Park on a free transfer if City failed to win promotion by the end of the season just finished.

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That news has left fans furious with many demanding answers as to why one of their star players was given such a release clause in his contract.

Others have slammed Tisdale for coming back to the club that employed him for 12 years to snap up one of their star players.

People have taken to social media site Twitter to say that Tisdale should expect a toxic reaction when he returns to the city, one similar to Terry Cooper after he left the club for Birmingham City in 1991.

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Paul Tisdale on why he wanted Exeter City's Jordan Moore-Taylor as his first signing at MK Dons

Paul Tisdale said his knowledge of Jordan Moore-Taylor was the reason why he returned to former club Exeter City to prise away their influential captain.

The former City chief made Moore-Taylor his first signing since leaving St James’ Park and taking over at Stadium MK and emphasised the importance of bringing in players he understands and knows well.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Tisdale said: “This is a very good signing for us.

“It is important, starting this new role, that I have an understanding of the playing squad and there is no better way of doing that than signing someone I know as well as I know Jordan.

“Jordan has played with me at Exeter for the last six years and has been my captain there. I’m really looking forward to him starting here and complimenting the players that we already have here at MK Dons.”

Moore-Taylor’s move will not go down well with Exeter fans and the initial reactions on social media have been one of anger that Tisdale has returned to take such a key player for nothing.

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However, questions should be asked as to why a player that was under contract for another year had a clause that allowed him to leave for nothing, should the Grecians miss out on promotion, which is what has happened.

As for Moore-Taylor, he is relishing a fresh challenge and ends a long association with the club that he joined as a schoolboy. He came through the Academy and made almost 200 appearances, although he will be remembered the man that skippered City at Wembley twice and unfortunately lost both finals.

“I’m looking forward to a new challenge,” the Exeter-born 24-year-old said. “I had six good years at Exeter but I felt it was the right time to move away.

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“I had a few options but MK Dons was right choice for me – I know the manager, Matt Oakley and Mel Gwinnett and this is an amazing stadium.”

He added: “I know the league and I know how hard it is to get out

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Jordan Moore-Taylor leaves Exeter City and joins Paul Tisdale at MK Dons

Paul Tisdale has returned to Exeter City to make his first signing as MK Dons boss by snapping up Grecians captain Jordan Moore-Taylor on a free transfer.

The 24-year-old was under contract for the forthcoming campaign, but a clause in his deal allowed him to leave St James’ Park on a free transfer if City failed to win promotion by the end of the season just finished.

A second successive loss in the League Two play-off final meant that clause was triggered and Tisdale has moved to make him his first signing at Stadium MK.

However, the move has not gone down well at St James’ Park with chairman Julian Tagg expressing his disappointment at the news.

“The club put a huge amount of time and effort into the development of Jordan into the player he is today,” Tagg said. “Jordan progressed through our academy, before becoming captain of his hometown club.

“Jordan was offered a significant improved new deal which would have made him the highest paid player at the club, but he has rejected this offer and chose to sign for MK Dons.

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“Despite this, Jordan was a reliable, talented hard-working professional, who not only did great things on the pitch, but was a major contributor to our community programmes, with numerous appearances in community, and for that, we thank him for his service and wish him every success in the future.”

Moore-Taylor made 183 appearances for the club after making his debut in September 2012 and with Jordan Storey leaving for Preston North End in a reported £750,000 deal, it leaves the Grecians desperately short of centre backs for the upcoming campaign.

Danny Seaborne and Troy Archibald-Henville were both released following City’s heartbreaking defeat to Coventry City at Wembley, while Troy Brown – the one recognised centre half on Exeter’s books now – has suffered with knee issues for the past two years.

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