Month: July 2020

CLUB NEWS | Yeovil Town Joint Secretary Jean Cotton retires after 28 years’ service

Today marks the end of an era at Yeovil Town Football Club as Joint Club Secretary Jean Cotton retires after almost 28 years’ service.

For three decades Jean has been an integral part of the club meaning that she has become a popular and well-known figure not just at Huish Park, but also amongst many colleagues at other clubs, the FA, EFL and National League.

Current national restrictions mean the club cannot give Jean the send-off she deserves. There are plans to say a proper thank you to her when the Green and White army can return to Huish Park.

Commenting Club Chairman Scott Priestnall said “Jean has been an incredible servant for the club, so it is important that everyone gets a chance to say a proper thank you to her. I have invited Jean and her husband Terry to be my guests at a game when crowds return so we can do a proper presentation on the pitch. Much of Jean’s work helped contributed to the club’s famous on the field successes so it is only fitting that we acknowledge her contribution in this way”.

Commenting on her retirement Jean said “I joined the Club on 1st September 1992, 28 years ago, as Assistant Secretary and then stepped up to Football Secretary 4 years later.

It has been a rollercoaster ride with frustrations, tears, joys, excitement, promotions and relegations along the way, but I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Club making some very good long- term friends amongst the staff, players and supporters. I suppose I am one of the lucky ones who enjoyed going into work every day and dealing with the many highs and lows of a football club.

I wish Scott, Darren and the lads the very best of luck for the 2020/2021 season and Terry and I look forward to supporting them as they try to regain our EFL status”

Kirstie Baker, who has been joint Club Secretary with Jean for the last few seasons will now become the Club’s only Secretary.

CLUB NEWS | Online store unavailable whilst exciting updates take place

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce that a brand-new online club store is on the way. After taking your valuable feedback on board, the new website offers a far more user-friendly experience in purchasing products from the club.  

To allow for the much-needed update, the current store will experience a period of downtime whilst the new systems are implemented. In the interim, any orders or enquires can be made via email (info@ytfc.net). 

Using this temporary system, Glovers fans will able to get their hands on a limited edition run of the all green play off shirt (£40 + £4 postage). Watch out over the next few days for more information on how you can get your hands on either a replica version of the playoff shirt, or a very limited number of shirts worn by the players on the day. 

PLAYER UPDATE | A strong core in place for 20/21

Yeovil Town is delighted to confirm that whilst positive discussions continue with several players, a very strong core of players are already contracted with the club for next season.

These players are; Tom Bradbury, Lee Collins, Lawson D’Ath, Courtney Duffus, Myles Hippolyte, Alex John, Rhys Murphy, Gabby Rogers, Albi Skendi, Luke Wilkinson and Matthew Worthington.

Whilst Yeovil Town recalibrates for the delayed start of the 2020/21 season and the challenges of playing next season in a COVID-19 safe way, the club is also in contact with all out of contract player and players whose loan periods at the club have now ended.

The club is optimistic that some of these players will return next season and will give updates when available.  

Yeovil Town would like to thank Norwich City, Swansea City, Birmingham City, Forest Green Rovers and Crawley Town for their assistance with the loans of Caleb Richards, Brandon Cooper, Remeao Hutton, Adam Smith, and Jimmy Smith.

CLUB NEWS | Supporters Breakfast arranged

On Saturday 15th August, join us at Huish Park for a long awaited catch-up over breakfast.

Breakfast will be served between 10:00am and 11:00am, offering the perfect opportunity to get back together at Huish Park for the first time since February.

For just £7.50, you will receive a Full English breakfast alongside a hot drink of your choice (Tea or Coffee).

There will be limited spaces due to the current social distancing measures so all attendees must book.

Don’t miss out, confirm your place by contacting Sharon (07726602327) or Paul Hadlow via the supporter’s club.

STATEMENT | Academy to reduce in size

Yeovil Town F.C. can confirm that reluctantly it has been forced to scale back its Academy operations due to the double impact of Covid 19 and an automatic reduction in Academy funding grants that occurs if a former EFL club remains in the National League for a second season.

Effective immediately, the club will be moving to a Category 4 Academy status, which means although the U18 element of the Academy will continue as before, all other age groups (i.e. U16s and below) will cease operation.

The club is already in communication with the parents of the boys currently in the age groups concerned with a view to easing their paths to new clubs and offering welfare support where needed.

Despite this news, Yeovil Town remains committed to creating opportunities for and nurturing young, upcoming footballers from the area. To underline this commitment, in addition to a more compact Academy operation, the club will continue to operate its Elite Development Programme in partnership with Yeovil College and offer a wide variety of programmes via the club’s community arm – Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust.

VACANCY | First team physiotherapist

Yeovil Town Football Club is looking to recruit a full-time physiotherapist for its first team.

This is an exciting opportunity to work in the arena of professional football and offers candidates the chance to make a real impact on helping the team be successful.

The candidate appointed will provide a range of physiotherapy services to the first team, including the assessment and diagnosis of injuries, plus arranging treatment and injury prevention programmes.

The hours of work will be centred on training and match schedules, so evening/weekend working is required.

The successful applicant will hold a Bsc (Hons) Physiotherapy and be CSP & HCPC registered. Experience in working with a professional sports team is also essential.

The salary for the post is up to £28k per annum dependant on the successful candidate’s experience.

To apply, please email or post a copy of your CV to via recruitment@ytfc.net or by post at Yeovil Town FC, Huish Park, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8YF.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 7th August 2020.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 0-2 Barnet

Yeovil Town’s season came to an end as Barnet were the victors in the play-off eliminator at Huish Park.

Barnet were able to weather a Glovers storm to complete a smash and grab victory through goals from Paul McCallum and Mauro Vilhete.

The enforced break allowed Darren Sarll to have an almost fully fit squad to choose from.

Lawson D’Ath was the only casualty due to fitness with 20-goal Rhys Murphy returning to the fold, bolstering the strike force and partnering Courtney Duffus up top.

In the middle of the park, Sarll opted for his usual diamond four formation which saw Charlie Lee, Matt Worthington, Myles Hippolyte and Albi Skendi.

The back-four took a familiar look with Remeao Hutton, Lee Collins, Luke Wilkinson and Carl Dickinson holding the fort with the experienced Stuart Nelson behind them.

The Glovers would a start strong dominating the ball until the drinks break, creating a number of half-chances. The best of these would fall to Duffus, after some great wing-play from Hippolyte, he found space for a cross which found Duffus, however the forward couldn’t quite get the connection he wanted.

A stunning individual run from Worthington almost saw the Glovers sneak ahead but his outside of the foot shot was hooked just wide.

Following the drinks break chances were few and far between, but robust challenges were aplenty. Barnet were in fact lucky to end the half with ten-men on the field as captain James Dunne came flying into Hippolyte on the half-way line.

At the break, the scores were level, but there were positives to take from the first half performance.

The second half brought added impetus, with Wilkinson striking the bar just a minute in! Following Lee’s corner to the near post, the towering centre back’s header smashed the crossbar.

Just minutes following, Duffus would make a chance for himself as he drove into the box but ultimately misfired.

Completely against the run of play, the visitors would strike first as the prolific McCallum finished beyond Nelson with the help of a kind deflection.

Frustrations would continue to grow as substitute Jimmy Smith seemingly put Yeovil level, yet the linesman and referee remained unmoved, allowing play to continue.

Yeovil would continue to huff and puff, with the likes of Hippolyte, Duffus and Lee all continuing to pile on the pressure in creating half-chances.

In the 85th minute, Barnet’s smash and grab job was completed as the ball fell kindly onto Mauro Vilhete head as he bundled the ball over the line.

Ultimately it wasn’t to be for Town, but this season has put Yeovil Town back on track.

Thank you for your support this season, we hope to see you soon.

 

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Dickinson, Collins, Wilkinson, Hutton; Lee, Hippolyte, Worthington, Skendi; Murphy, Duffus

Subs: Alcock, J.Smith, Cooper, Richards, A.Smith, Dagnall.

INTERVIEW | Darren Sarll relishing play-off opportunity

Darren Sarll hosted his first press conference in over 100 days as his side prepare to host Barnet in play-off action this Saturday (18th).

In the unique circumstances, promotion back to the Football League now takes the form of a three-game shootout with a final being held at Wembley Stadium.

With just a matter of weeks training under their belts, the gaffer spoke on his preparation for the big day against Barnet; “Coming back was nice, it was good to see the players as there is a very strong bond in our dressing room.

“They’re very big in terms of characters and in the first week it was absolutely carnage! Everyone had three months of banter to get off their chest before they really settled down.

“It has been really enjoyable, mainly because we are preparing for such a big game and we’ve come so far. We obviously wanted to be put in a position where we could finish our journey and now, we’ve got what we have asked for so we’re trying to prepare as best we can.”

The stakes couldn’t be any higher in what will be an emotional occasion and the gaffer didn’t shy away from the importance of the fixture.

“If you isolate it to just Yeovil, it’s a huge game for us. If you look at the conclusions to seasons this club has had in recent years, its been a nice reprieve for supporters not to have that drama where you’re looking over your shoulder hoping people don’t win.

“I think it is disappointing fans can’t be in the ground for them and us. It’s nice to be able to give them something back.

“When I look back to the expectations when I joined, we had eight players in the dressing room, four of which were 18, play-offs were not an expectation. The only thing on my mind when I joined last year was getting a squad together and being competitive and win a few games. All I really wanted to do was to give supporters a winning season, not have the relegation drama and build some foundations from there.

“So for us to be in this position is beyond what we expected and I think if the supporters were honest it’s beyond what they expected too.”

CLUB NEWS | Glovers unveil special kit for playoffs

When the Glovers take the field against Barnet tomorrow, Yeovil will be wearing a special kit to commemorate reaching the playoffs after an exciting season where the club reconnected with the fans and found winning ways on the pitch again.

Designed in partnership with Macron, the new shirt both picks up the desire of most fans to move away from hoops and also has echoes of the shirt the Glovers last wore in the National League (then the Conference) by being mostly green.

The Glovers will wear this special kit for the duration of their playoff campaign only and an entirely new kit will be announced in due course for the 2020/21 season.

Commenting club Chairman Scott Priestnall said, “We wanted to do something special for the playoffs and Macron were keen to help us come up with a kit that took into account the feedback we have had from fans. I hope our fans enjoy seeing the lads take the field tomorrow in a kit that echoes some of the great shirts of years gone by, but with a modern twist”

The club will be announcing details of how Glovers fans can acquire a limited-edition version of the playoff shirts early next week.

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town vs. Barnet: Play Off Eliminator

After 131 days of waiting, Yeovil Town are finally back in action, and the stakes couldn’t be any higher as the battle for a play-off place begins.

Barnet visit Huish Park over four months after they initially should have for the regular season match between the two clubs.

With four weeks of training under their belt, Darren Sarll’s men are ready and raring to go!

A trip to Meadow Lane awaits the victors with 3rd placed Notts County given a bye due to their PPG.

Head-to-head

Since 2003, the Glovers have only lost twice to the Bees across nine fixtures. The strong record boasts four wins and three draws, with our most recent win coming at Huish Park in February 2018 when Sam Surridge and Francois Zoko both found the net in a 2-0 win.

A trip to the Hive that will live long in the memory of Glovers fans came in 2016 when Town came from 3-1 down to mount a dramatic comeback claiming all three points thanks to Harry Cornick’s late winner!

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The most recent fixture between the two sides came on the opening game of the season almost a whole year ago. The hosts Barnet came out the 1-0 winners in a tight game, separated by Simeon Akinola’s penalty.

Officials 

Carl Brook will be the man in the middle on Saturday. He will be joined by Andy Bennett and Damith Bandara with Sam Allison taking up the role as fourth official.

This will be Brook’s third Yeovil match this season, previously taking charge of clashes with Ebbsfleet, Boreham Wood and Harrogate. 

Coverage

The pre-match thoughts from the Boss and Lee Collins can be found on the Yeovil Town YouTube channel.

An extended interview with the gaffer alongside a message from Scott Priestnall will be found in virtual match-day mini programme, to be released very soon!

On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC’s official Twitter account.

A full match report will follow on YTFC.net at full time with post-match reaction from the manager and a member of the playing staff following soon after.

Follow our official social media channels:

Twitter – @YTFC
Facebook – YTFCOfficial
Instagram – @ytfcofficial

Safety 

This game is a behind closed doors fixture, meaning no tickets will be sold. Please stay safe, support us from home. 

ACT FAST! Face in the Crowd deadline at 10AM on Thursday!

Glovers fans have until 10AM on Thursday to purchase their cardboard cut-outs from Face in the Crowd.

With the game behind closed doors, nothing can replicate the sound of the Thatcher’s Stand willing us over the line, however seeing your faces in cardboard form will be the next best thing!

The club has teamed up with Face In The Crowd who offer supporters the chance to purchase life-size cut outs of themselves for them to be in attendance for our entire play-off journey! If the Glovers progress past Barnet and then to Wembley, our cut-outs will join us for the whole journey being transported to each venue so you can back us all the way!

For £25, your cut-out will be placed in the Huish Park main stand, in the view of the BT Sport cameras!

A limited edition VIP option is available for £35. These cut-outs will be situated in ‘prime spots’ such as in and around the dugouts with a strong chance for your face to appear clearly in the spotlight on BT Sport.

Following the conclusion of the season, if next starts behind closed doors, your cut-out will still be standing strong in attendance, flying the flag for the Green and Whites at Huish Park!

Continue to be our twelfth man and support your club through these play offs by purchasing your cut-out now!

To purchase your cut-out, click HERE!

Bring your flags and banners for the play-off clash!

Make your mark inside Huish Park this weekend by dropping your flags and banners to the main Huish Park reception.

All items must be delivered to the club by 5pm on Thursday 16thJuly. 

These banners and flags will then be displayed across both the home and away terrace, and broadcast live on BT Sport during our play-off clash with Barnet. 

Get your face in the crowd for the play-off campaign!

You asked, we listened! Yeovil Town fans can now have their face in the crowd for our play-off campaign!

With the game behind closed doors, nothing can replicate the sound of the Thatcher’s Stand willing us over the line, however seeing your faces in cardboard form will be the next best thing!

The club has teamed up with Face In The Crowd who offer supporters the chance to purchase life-size cut outs of themselves for them to be in attendance for our entire play-off journey! If the Glovers progress past Barnet and then to Wembley, our cut-outs will join us for the whole journey being transported to each venue so you can back us all the way!

For £25, your cut-out will be placed in the Huish Park main stand, in the view of the BT Sport cameras!

A limited edition VIP option is available for £35. These cut-outs will be situated in ‘prime spots’ such as in and around the dugouts with a strong chance for your face to appear clearly in the spotlight on BT Sport.

Following the conclusion of the season, if next starts behind closed doors, your cut-out will still be standing strong in attendance, flying the flag for the Green and Whites at Huish Park!

Continue to be our twelfth man and support your club through these play offs by purchasing your cut-out now!

To purchase your cut-out, click HERE!

STATEMENT | Dates Confirmed for The National League Play-Offs

Yeovil Town’s Vanarama National League play-off schedule can now be confirmed.

The Glovers will begin their promotion bid at Huish Park, with Barnet visiting BA22 on Saturday 18th July (3pm).

The victors of the clash in Somerset will then travel to Meadow Lane on Saturday 25th July to face Notts County with a 5pm kick-off.

The final will then take place at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 2nd August at 3pm.

These fixtures will all be played behind closed doors with fans asked not to gather outside any of the venues. All National League play-off games will be shown live on BT Sport so you won’t miss out on any of the action!

 

The full National League play-off schedule is as follows:

Friday 17th July 2020- 7pm 
Elimination Round- Match A – Boreham Wood vs FC Halifax Town

Saturday 18th July 2020- 3pm
Elimination Round- Match B – Yeovil Town vs Barnet

Saturday 25th July 2020- 2.30pm
Semi Final– Harrogate Town vs Winner of Match A

Saturday 25th July 2020- 5pm
Semi Final- Notts County vs Winner of Match B

Sunday 2nd August 2020- 3pm
Promotion Final – Wembley Stadium

INTERVIEW | Darren Sarll starts his play-off preparations

Darren Sarll is delighted to be back in the thick of things as Yeovil Town step up their play-off preparations ahead of the eliminator clash against Barnet.

With the world put to a standstill, the Glovers were left to wait three months to find out their fate after flirting with promotion contention all season, and in June it was finally confirmed play-off football would return to Huish Park.

Speaking to YTTV as his side returned to training, the gaffer said; “It’s nice to see everyone, it’s a good group to be with, they always make things quite interesting and entertaining this set of players, so it’s been good. Nice to get out the house!

“I’m not one for Zoom calls and things, it’s not really my style, they’re grown men so if they needed me, they could contact me whenever they needed a question answering or an update.”

With his side not having played since victory over Dover in March, the clash with Barnet is a unique circumstance with such a long period of time building up to it.

Speaking on the preparation, Sarll said; “We’ve just got to get back to training. You can do all the road running in the world, but nothing replicates playing football. When you come back, you have to work through the protocols and safety procedures that the government has put in place for elite sport, the Premier League, the EFL have had to follow it and now us.

“It doesn’t matter how many road runs you’ve done or how many times Jimmy Smith has posted his 5k times on Instagram, it’s not about that. As soon as the balls come out your body is tested and moved in completely different ways.

“We’ve just tried to get back into having the ball, running with a ball and any sort of twisting and turning because that’s the one thing they’ve not had, and we prepare as we have to. The good thing for us is we have played largely the same system, utilising a similar formation and strategy for the majority of the season. So, it’s just reminders and getting going!”