Yeovil Town: Free buses for fans at Leyton Orient JPT game

Yeovil fans will be able to travel free to Tuesday's JP Trophy game at Leyton Orient, thanks to manager Gary Johnson, the players and directors.

They have paid for buses to take supporters to Brisbane Road.

"Sometimes you have to give something back. I knew if I was the first to do it, others would follow," said Johnson.

"We thought around 10 buses, I think we're one, maybe two more than that, and that means 700 or 800 people supporting us, which is fantastic."

The Glovers travel to Orient for the Southern Section semi-final, having beaten the London club 3-0 recently at Huish Park.

Johnson, who is in his second spell at Yeovil, is hoping to guide the team to Wembley for the first time since 2007 when they lost 2-0 to Blackpool in the League One play-off final.

The former Bristol City, Peterborough and Northampton boss hopes the buses gesture and their cup run will encourage more supporters to attend home league games as they average a gate of just under 4,000 this season, an issue he has spoken about before.

"Everyone is aware you are three games away from a Wembley final and we also know the club needs a little bit of a boost with something; the club needs new heroes, the club needs to win a competition," the 57-year-old told BBC Points West.

"We're still in with a play-off shout, but at the moment it is a great competition to keep everybody interested and all of a sudden you start bringing back the fans you've lost over the years.

"In the Conference and Second Division, we were pulling in five, six and seven thousand every week. I know the country is in a bit of a recession, but at the same time it doesn't stop you trying to encourage people to try and watch the games.

"But you've got to give them value for money and this scheme, with the buses, is definitely value for money because it's a good game to watch."

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