Month: June 2022

SIGNING | Malachi Linton boosts Glovers’ strike force

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce the signing of Malachi Linton on a two-year-deal following his departure from Wycombe Wanderers.

The 21-year-old joins off the back of a successful loan spell with King’s Lynn Town, where he struck eight goals in 20 National League starts.

Originally hailing from Ipswich, the forward began his career in the Tractor Boys’ academy, before departing for Crewe Alexandra to play for their U18’s side.

He then spent time with Lowestoft Town, scoring 13 goals in a short spell which caught the eye of Wycombe Wanderers.

A short loan spell with fellow Berkshire side Slough Town followed in the 2020/21 season before venturing to the Linnets for his successful temporary spell in the National League.

Commenting after signing his contract, Malachi said; “I’m excited. Yeovil is a big club with a good core of players and staff. I’m looking forward to coming in and adding to that.

“The manager has been a big pulling factor. We’ve had some good conversations. We share similar traits, but the main one being ambition. I’ve played here before, I’ve seen what it’s like, I simply couldn’t refuse.

“I can’t wait to meet up with the boys and get on the pitch.”

Manager Chris Hargreaves added; “Malachi is a player all of the coaching staff have seen. His goal record for games played at his age in this league is very good.

He’s a player with an excellent attitude and is someone who is hungry to succeed. He arrives with a strong recommendation from Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth. I think he will be an excellent addition to the squad, and I look forward to working with him.”

Don’t miss a minute of Malachi’s debut season at Huish Park, with season tickets now available – click HERE for more information.

TRANSFER | Ollie Hulbert begins Chris Hargreaves’ transfer business

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce the signing of Ollie Hulbert on a free transfer.

After departing Bristol Rovers at the end of last season, Hulbert signs a one-year deal with an option of an extra year and will work with his former Rovers coach, Chris Hargreaves at Yeovil Town.

A versatile forward, the 19-year-old played up front and on the wing last season, during his loan spells at Gloucester City and Hereford. Throughout his time in the National League North, Hulbert struck nine goals in 32 games.

The season prior, Hulbert enjoyed a loan spell in the Cymru Premier with Cardiff Metropolitan University, where he scored 14 goals in 23 games.

Commenting after his arrival was confirmed, Hulbert said; “I’m absolutely buzzing. It’s a move that’s been in the works for a little while, now that it’s all signed, I just can’t wait to start!”

Manager Hargreaves added; “Ollie is a young player with potential who is now ready to kick on. He will be a welcome addition to our squad.

“I know him well from our time at Rovers and look forward to working with him again.”

Welcome to Somerset, Ollie.

VACANCY | Hospitality assistants

We are recruiting for hospitality assistants to come and join us on a matchday at Huish Park.

Yeovil Town are looking to recruit more individuals to our hospitality team. We are looking for committed and enthusiastic candidates to play a vital role in the match day experience at Huish Park. 

Hospitality assistants will be able to work in a number of roles, with duties including, but not limited to:

  • Welcoming and serving guests
  • A care for fan satisfaction, aiming to deliver the optimal match day experience
  • Serving guests in a friendly, welcoming and efficient manner while maintaining a clean and safe work environment
  • Help answer questions and work with your line manager if any issues may arise
  • Clean up after the event and wash up any cutlery
  • Working behind the bar in the hospitality lounges (18+ applicants will only be able to work this role)
  • Working in the tea bars

What we need from you:

  • Efficient communication and customer service skills
  • A strong desire to work as part of a team to deliver an enjoyable matchday.
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Experience is favourable but a can-do attitude is much more important!

General Information

Hours are variable due to alternating kick-off times. For a 3pm KO you should expect a 12pm until 6pm. 

For an evening kick-off, it will be approximately a 5pm start and finish at 9pm. 

To apply, please fill out the attached form below and either drop it to Huish Park or email recruitment@ytfc.net

VACANCY | Match Day Stewards

We are recruiting for matchday stewards to come and join us on a matchday at Huish Park.

Yeovil Town are looking to recruit more individuals to our stewarding team. We are looking for committed and enthusiastic candidates to play a vital role in the match day experience at Huish Park. 

Main Duties   

  • To attend all pre-match briefings.
  • Carry out pre-event safety checks.
  • Attend all training required by the club.
  • Implement the Ground Regulations. 
  • Ensure a safe environment 
  • Controlling or directing people who are entering or leaving the ground, to do so in a safe manner.
  • Help create a positive match day experience 
  • Welcoming and friendly to supporters
  • Recognising potential issues 
  • Staffing entrances exits and other strategic points to, from and within the stadium.
  • Ensuring and maintaining that all safe exit routes remain clear during the progress of the specified activity.
  • Undertaking specific duties in an emergency, or as otherwise directed by the Safety Officer.
  • Assisting in the safe operation of the ground, not to view the activity taking place; and understanding their general responsibilities towards the Health & Safety, including any specific Covid-19 measures that may be in place. 
  • Assisting to ensure safeguarding of all persons present, including vulnerable adults, children and themselves.
  • Checking accreditation in restricted areas and ensuring only those authorised to do so have access.
  • Ensure a full report of any incidents is accurately completed before finishing duty.
  • Acquire a good knowledge of stadium layout.
  • To be the first point of call for any incidents or issues in the stadium.
  • Obligation to adhere to the club’s health and safety policy and procedures. 
  • As a member of staff to ensure in all matters you follow and actively promote the club’s equality policies and practices to ensure a welcoming, safe and inclusive. environment for everyone engaged with the club.

Key Competencies

  • Possess or be willing to undertake NVQ Level 2 in Spectator Safety, such training to be provided by the club.
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills, including a calm approach to difficult situations.
  • A strong desire to work as part of a team to deliver a safe and enjoyable matchday.

General Information

  • Please note you may be required to complete a DBS check for this role.
  • This role is on a casual worker contract basis and will be renewed seasonally.
  • Shifts are normally 5 hours on a match day, with 3 hours of reporting duty and 2 hours for the duration of the match.
  • Report time for a 15:00 kick off will be 12:00. 
  • Finish time for a 15:00 kick off is between 17:00 and 17:15.
  • Report time for a 19:45 kick off is normally 16:45. 
  • Finish time for a 19:45 kick off is normally between 21:45 and 22:00.

To apply, please fill out the attached form below and either drop it to Huish Park or email recruitment@ytfc.net

LOTTERY | Week 20 & 21

The results are in…

Week 20:

1st Prize                 £100       Mr Cookman

2nd Prize               £ 50        Mr Sibley

3rd Prize                £ 25        Mr Shooter

Week 21:

1st Prize                £100       Mrs Chedzoy

2nd Prize               £ 50        Ms Jeanes

3rd Prize                £ 25        Mr Twist

CLUB NEWS | Charlie Wakefield signs for 22/23

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce that Charlie Wakefield has extended his contract with the Club for the 2022/23 season.

Wakefield, who signed in 2021, became a fan favourite during his first campaign in Green & White, netting eight goals in all competitions.

He became accustomed to scoring important goals for the Glovers, including openers against Stockport County & Weymouth, alongside the only goal of the game in our FA Cup Second Round clash against Stevenage.

In total, the silky winger made 46 appearances in all competitions last season, more than he has made for any other club.

Commenting after his signature was secured, the 24-year-old said; “I’m really excited to be staying at Yeovil.

“I’m looking forward to getting back with the boys and working under the new gaffer.

“See you back at Huish Park, Glovers fans!”

Manager Chris Hargreaves added, “It’s great news that Charlie has decided to extend his contract with the Club, adding to the already strong core of existing players.

“He’s a player we were very eager to keep hold of, he proved himself at the level last season and he can kick-on again next season.

Charlie is the sort of player that gets fans excited in the stands, I’m looking forward to working with him!

CLUB NEWS | All the key dates from the National League AGM

Last weekend, the National League hosted its AGM, where a lot of key dates were confirmed for next season.

Firstly, National League fixtures will be released on Wednesday 6th July, with the league season kicking off exactly one month later on the 6th August.

The annual Christmas schedule will see the Glovers play on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

The regular league season will come to a close on the 29th April, with the play-offs getting underway straight away the following midweek. The first eliminator will take place between 5th & 6th on Tuesday 2nd May, with 4th against 7th taking place on Wednesday 3rd May.

On Sunday 7th May, it’s a double header of semi-finals, as 2nd & 3rd place host the eliminator winners, all leading up to the promotion final on the 13th May, with the venue to be confirmed.

We can’t wait to see you all next season, and you can secure your ticket to all our home league fixtures now by purchasing a season ticket. Click HERE for more information.

CLUB NEWS | 2021/22 EPDP round-up

As the season has come to a close, it offers time to reflect on the many successes the club has enjoyed over the last twelve months.

This season has been the first that our Elite Player Development Programme, in partnership with Yeovil College, has consisted as the club’s sole youth system. With the final academy scholars departing 12 months ago, the system has been the sole focus, and has thrived in the spotlight, and numbers are only expected to grow over the next year.

The most high-profile success of the programme has been Ollie Haste signing his first professional deal with the Club. Haste, who captained the U18’s side, made his first starts in the Somerset Premier Cup and made a real impression, being named in the match day squad on a number of occasions. Haste’s strong form also earned him a call-up to the England College’s side, coached by our new assistant manager Chris Todd.

Late in the season saw Haste given his opportunity to impress in the National League, coming on as a substitute in our final day win against Altrincham.

However on a team-wide perspective, the performances as a whole have been excellent. Earlier this year, the U18’s travelled to Nottingham to compete in the AOC National 7-a-side football tournament, representing the South West, where they came home as Champions!

The positives don’t stop there, in our first season in the competition, our youngsters won the College League (ECFA), and secured promotion.

In our Saturday league (South West Counties League), the U18’s finished in mid table, but with it being the side’s first season in the competition, will be more determined than ever to climb the table next season.

In cup action, the U18’s reached the quarter finals of the College knockout cup, a national competition, where they were narrowly knocked out on in a penalty shootout. Whilst also reaching the semi final of the Gary Else Cup, (the South West Counties League Cup).

Benjani Jr warms up during SPC game against Cheddar

The Somerset Premier Cup saw many of the youngsters make themselves known to Glovers supporters, with involvements for Haste, Korey Andrews, Fin Ridout, Jake Graziano, Benjani Jr, Mason Hunter, Sam Hodges, Callum Deemer with a number more in the match day squad, warming up with the first team squad. Andrews even found the net, scoring against Odd Down in the semi-final.

Academically, the programme saw many students hit a Distinction* grade (equivalent to an A*), with some securing offers from universities such as Liverpool John Moors & Exeter College following their departure from the programme.

Reflecting on the season, Lead EPDP coach and U18’s manager Matt Percival said;

“With this being the first year that the programme was operating as our sole youth system, on the whole, it was successful, both with team and individual successes.

“Next year we’ll be playing in a higher college league and having played our first full season in the South West Counties League, we’ll be better equipped going forward in those fixtures.

“I feel the programme is going from strength to strength, after a record intake last year, we’re projected to break that record once again. It’s not too late to apply either, head to the college website for more information.

“We’ll be back for pre-season in August, with some friendlies to be announced soon. It would be great to see some fans there!”

TICKETS | Price freeze on season tickets

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm a season ticket PRICE FREEZE for the 2022/23 season. 

With the National League back to a full complement of teams, this actually works out as even better value for money, with SEVEN free fixtures in the seated areas and EIGHT in the terrace!  

Season ticket holders also receive priority seats and tickets for cup matches or similar events at Huish Park.

Further benefits for season ticket holders include exclusive discounts in the club shop and a free 22/23 shirt with children’s tickets (U16 & U12).  

Tickets are on sale now, so act fast and secure yours!

Full price table:

How to buy:

Renewals:

Renewals for existing season tickets are now live and available to purchase from within your ticketing account, please visit the link HERE, and login with your account details from the drop down menu (click the three lines to access), from there you will see “2022/23 season ticket” available for purchase.

Those wishing to keep their seat will have theirs held until 18th July and following this, all seats will be available for general sale*. 

New season ticket holders:

For those that are purchasing a season ticket for the first time, tickets are on sale now. These can be purchased either online, by calling the ticket office (01935 847888) or from the club shop.

Finance:

Tickets can also be purchased through finance, those that wish to should fill out our season ticket application form, linked below, and return it before payment so their seat can be reserved. For further assistance on this, please call the ticket office or visit the club shop.

Season ticket application form:

Match tickets

This season, we’ll be bringing a whole new system when it comes to match tickets, with e-tickets and loyalty point systems being introduced. We’ll release further information on this in due course.

Further questions?

Should you have any issues, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our ticket office team who will be on hand to help. Either via email: ticketoffice@ytfc.net, calling: 01935 847888, or by visiting the club shop.

*Season tickets bought in the Screwfix Stand could be subject to be moved into an equivalent seat in the Main Stand, similarly to what has occurred during last season, in line with terms & conditions.

CLUB NEWS | Marcus Stewart joins as head of player development

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce that Marcus Stewart has joined our coaching staff as head of player development for the 2022/23 season.

The former forward, who needs no introduction to Glovers fans, becomes the second appointment to Chris Hargreaves’ backroom staff.

Stewart is fondly remembered for his goal scoring exploits in a green & white shirt, most notably scoring against Nottingham Forest in the League One play-offs as Town secured passage to Wembley.

Stewart in his playing days for the Glovers

During the later years of his playing career, Stewart held first team coaching roles at Exeter City, eventually working as a full-time coach following his retirement in 2011.

One year later, he joined hometown club Bristol Rovers as a development coach, but quickly became assistant manager within a year of his arrival.

He held the role as assistant when the Gas were promoted from the National League in the 14/15 season, followed by a second successive promotion into League One the next season. Departing in 2018, Stewart joined Walsall as assistant alongside former Rovers manager Darrell Clarke.

Commenting after his arrival was confirmed, Stewart said; “When Chris called me, this just felt like the right thing to do, I’ve been here before and I feel like I can help him.

“I’m here to do my best, like I did before. This is a club I’m fond of, it’s a club that’s local to me and where I have had a good relationship with the fans.”

Welcome back, Marcus.

CLUB NEWS | Chris Todd appointed assistant manager

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce the appointment of Chris Todd as assistant manager.

Todd, who was a former teammate of Chris Hargreaves at Torquay United, joins having managed the Gulls’ U18’s side since 2019, whilst also working within the first team set up. Last season, his U18’s side won the South West Counties Youth League & the Gary Else Cup.

The 40-year-old Welshman also possesses management experience within the National League, leading Eastleigh to a seventh-place finish in the 2015/16 season. His most recent role in first team management was at Gloucester City during the 2018/19 season.

As a player, Todd began his career with hometown club Swansea City and played 43 times for them, a move into the West Country then followed, to play for Exeter City, where he made 154 league apps.

He then moved across Devon to line-up for Torquay United, where he tasted promotion to the Football League in 2008/09. A number of loan spells followed within the National League, playing for the likes of Forest Green Rovers, Newport County, Hereford & Salisbury.

Eventually, Eastleigh became his permanent home in 2012, becoming their player manager just three years later.

Commenting after his arrival was confirmed; “I’m very excited. It’s a new challenge and when I spoke to Chris, we had a good conversation. We discussed the future of the football club and I wanted to be a part of that.

“I hope the fans are excited about the new journey that we’re on together. I will give 110% daily, as I know Chris will and the rest of the background staff.

“This is a good group and we’re trying to make them successful, if they’re successful the Club is successful and it’s a good moment for everyone.”

Welcome to Somerset, Chris.

CLUB NEWS | Rest in peace, Patrick Billett

Yeovil Town are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of supporter Patrick Billett.

Patrick, who was fondly nicknamed, “the mad bell-ringer,” became well known for ringing his bell every time Yeovil found the back of the net. Each season Patrick bought a Yeovil Town shirt and had “PAT THE MAD BELL-RINGER” emblazoned across the back of it.

We would like to extend our condolences to Patrick’s family and friends at this difficult time.

CONTRACT | Matt Worthington extends his stay

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce that Matthew Worthington has extended his Yeovil Town contract for the 2022/23 season.

Worthington’s new contract furthers his time as the club’s longest serving player, having signed for the Glovers in January 2019.

Last season, he became the latest player to make 100 appearances for Yeovil Town, with his total figure now standing at 139. The 24-year-old established himself as a regular fixture in the Glovers’ starting 11 during the last campaign, making 41 appearances in all competitions, the most he has made in a single season.

He did no harm to his reputation scoring the opener against Weymouth in an FA Cup replay at the Bob Lucas Stadium in October.

Commenting after his stay was confirmed, the midfielder said; “I’m delighted to sign a new deal to stay at this club once again.

“We’ve got a few weeks to go, but I’m already looking forward to getting back out there with the lads and doing all we can for the fans.”

Manager Chris Hargreaves also added, “It’s brilliant that Matt has agreed to sign for us. He is a player I feel the fans identify to and relate with.

“He had offers elsewhere, but it was Matt’s passion for the football club that drove this move, I’m really delighted he’ll be with us next season.”

It’s great you’re still with us, Matt!

TICKETS | Weston-Super-Mare friendly

Tickets for Yeovil Town’s friendly trip to Weston-Super-Mare (30th July – 3pm) can now be purchased from the Seagulls’ website.

Gates will open on the day at 1:30pm. Tickets will also be available to purchase on the turnstiles.

This will be the Glovers’ final pre-season before the beginning of the National League season.

Ticket prices:

Adult – £9.00
Concession – £6.00
Under 16 – £2.50
Family (2x Adult & up to 2x U16) – £17.00
Under 8 – FREE

To purchase your tickets, click HERE.

CONTRACT | Max Evans extends his stay in Somerset

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm that Max Evans has extended his contract with the Club until the end of the 2022/23 season.

The 20-year-old signs just weeks after he made his National League debut against Altrincham, where he kept a clean sheet and made a string of saves to help earn the Glovers three points in Greater Manchester.

Evans has also enjoyed starts for the Glovers in the FA Trophy and the Somerset Premier Cup.

Previously, Evans has spent time on loan at Frome, where he gained valuable first team experience.

Now looking to further his development in Somerset, Evans remains at Huish Park ahead of the new campaign.

Commenting after his signature was secured, Evans said; “I’m delighted to have signed for another year at the Club.

“I had a taste of playing in the National League last year and can hopefully experience that again with this amazing club!”

It’s great to have you with us, Max!

LOTTERY | Week 17, 18, & 19

Here are the results for Week 17:

1st Prize   £100 Mrs Watson

2nd Prize  £ 50  Mrs George

3rd Prize £ 25  Ms Jeanes

Week 18:

1st Prize £100  Mrs King

2nd Prize £50   Mrs Deakins

3rd Prize £25    Mrs Hewitt

Week 19:

1st Prize  £100   Mr Sibley

2nd Prize  £50    Mrs Stone

3rd Prize   £25    Mr & Mrs Ludgate

CLUB NEWS | Released/retained list

Yeovil Town can now announce our retained/released list at the end of the 21/22 season.

All at Yeovil Town would firstly like to place on record our thanks to the players departing the club. We thank them for their efforts and wish them every success in the future.

Players released :

Reuben Reid 

Mark Little 

Adi Yussuf 

Alex Bradley 

Jordan Barnett

Remaining under contract or contract extension triggered:

Tom Knowles 

Grant Smith 

Max Evans 

Morgan Williams 

Max Hunt 

Offered and accepted:

Josh Staunton 

Ollie Haste 

Toby Stephens 

Lawson D’Ath

Contracts have been offered to:

Matt Worthington 

Charlie Wakefield 

Dale Gorman (rejected and will be departing the club)

Returned to parent clubs:

Ben Barclay 

Sonny Blu Lo-Everton 

Josh Neufville

CONTRACT | Ollie Haste signs professional terms

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce Ollie Haste has agreed professional terms with the club. 

The left-sided player has impressed many with his performances last season, firstly for the Yeovil Town U18’s, who he led as captain to National 7-a-side victory for South West Colleges, but also in Men’s football for Barnstaple Town and Yeovil Town, specifically in the Somerset Premier Cup. 

In the final National League game of the season, Haste made his professional debut as a late substitute against Altrincham as the Glovers signed off with a victory. 

His performances last season also earned him a number of call-ups to the England College side.

In signing his pro-terms, Haste has become the first graduate of our Elite Player Development Programme to sign professional terms with the Club. 

Many congratulations, Ollie.

CONTRACT | Lawson D’Ath remains a Glover

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce that Lawson D’Ath has extended his contract and will remain a Glover for the 2022/23 National League season. 

Lawson was one of the feel-good stories of last season, returning from a long-term injury lay-off in January and making 17 National League appearances. 

Last season also saw the creative midfielder net his first National League goal in green & white, opening the scoring in a victory over Bromley in March. 

Agreeing to an extra year, Lawson will now enter his fourth consecutive season as a Yeovil Town player. 

Commenting after his signing the dotted line, Lawson said; “I’m absolutely buzzing to be staying here! I’ve absolutely loved my time here so far and I really feel at home in Yeovil.

It’s the start of a new chapter here and I can’t wait to get started!”

Manager Chris Hargreaves added; “I’m delighted that Lawson has agreed to stay at Yeovil and I’m excited to work with him.

Last season, he showed terrific determination to get through his injury. He is a player of real quality and is another experienced head in the changing room.”

Great to have you with us, Lawson!