Category: Club News

CLUB NEWS | An update from the Chairman

There has been much speculation of late regarding the ownership of the club and a potential sale being connected to my lack of attendances at games. Most of what has been written across social media is nothing more than rumours and game playing.  My absence from games over the last couple of months has been down to illness and then personal reasons, which some supporters discovered and have sent their congratulations, so thank you.  As I have said many times, I have had no interest in selling this football club, I believe myself and my team have done a fantastic job in keeping this football club alive in seriously difficult times.  I’m also proud of our recruitment this season and our progress with a young dynamic set of players who have shown enthusiasm, determination and passion for the shirt.  With our supporters behind them, and a return of our more experienced players, we have a real chance of making the playoffs this season, even in the adversity of what is a seriously competitive league this season.

Regarding the ownership of the club and the circus a minority of supporters and certain supporters groups have made of a potential sale of the club, is very concerning and clearly impacting our attendances and financial viability, in what is already a hugely challenging year financially.  

I bought this football club, not because I was a supporter or because I’m from the area, but because I am passionate about football, I love the game and I saw an opportunity to build something great, a legacy project, something for the next generation.  I have fallen for this club and the people of the town and community.  I am a Glover and if any of you have seen me, I’m nervous at games and passion in my support. I want the club to succeed and I have ensured there has been huge investment behind that passion.

Selling this club has never been my desire and I find it incredible that the Glovers Trust, that has no shareholdings or that doesn’t do any real good for the club, or any positive activities, that sole purpose is to hold whoever is the clubs owner to account, regardless of the economic situation, who has the audacity to effectively place the club up for sale and hold interviews with perspective buyers, would publicly push one particular consortium consistently for numerous months, without knowing their financial capabilities or current ability to conclude a deal?

Then the Glovers Trust post over the weekend that at the emergency Supporter’s Alliance Meeting, I stated “I would no longer financially support the club and that the club were surviving on the FA Cup monies.”  This is yet another incorrect statement from the Glovers Trust, that they have done numerous times over the past year, as they look to force through their own agenda.  I actually stated as part of a larger conversation, why would I invest my family and children’s money somewhere I’m not wanted? I never said I would withdraw my support, simply looking for supporters groups to help with decreasing attendances and increasing negativity growing.  Not only I have been mis-quoted, but once the Alliance meeting notes are presented you will not also see this mis-representation but also how the Glovers Trust misled the rest of the Supporters Alliance Group at a previous meeting in telling them it had been myself holding up a possible sale, in order to get support for their preferred bidder, when in fact I agreed deals with both parties many months ago and it is both groups who have failed to complete a deal. 

For absolute clarity, I have today given both parties this week to conclude a deal.  Should they both fail to conclude on a deal I will continue to be the owner of this great football club with the supporters on board that want to continue with my tenure.  I will go back to my plans for building a better Yeovil Town FC, utilising our infrastructure to be better on and off the field. This will not include over-spending on players and bring about further financial insecurity but working towards a financially sustainable position, which at present we are nowhere near achieving but will give Darren every pound possible to have a competitive squad. I will present to supporter’s a long-term vision and plan to improve this club for future generations. 

On a personal level, the social media criticism towards myself is bitterly disappointing, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion.  This club is only here today because of the funds invested into the club and the deep restructuring that has taken place, after years of mis-management and ever reducing revenues after multiple relegations.  There has been criticism of my decision to take funds from Sport England, which without those funds the club would not be here today. We took this step as many other National League Systems clubs’ did, as a result of the government’s U-turn on their position towards grants, which were originally given to get the season started. No other clubs that took Sport England loans seem to have received the amount of negativity a minority of our supporters have shown towards this club and myself.

To clear other matters up, it has been noted that some supporters have picked up on changes to company accounts, where they now believe the recent amendments are about myself levying the club with more debt, yet the actual reason for the changes is to write off more than £1m (one million pounds) of shareholder loans across Yeovil Football & Athletic Club (The) Limited and Yeovil Town Holdings Limited, this will become apparent when the changes take effect in company’s accounts, therefore reducing the clubs debts, something you would think supporters would be happy with but yet again there is a minority breeding negativity.  

I keep getting called an asset stripper, when I have done this, what exactly have I asset stripped, what has been sold during my three seasons for that matter?

I get called a property developer, what property have I ever built, I’m an ex-music agent that went into nightclubs and F&B businesses.

I keep getting told I’m destroying this club, in what way? Who else has brought the club through the most difficult of times, not only its own history but one of society’s most difficult times?

Misleading supporters to not attend games, or assist with campaigns to get the current owner to sell based on lies, or sending threats to my family members is not going to convince me to buy another striker or increase the squad depth or sell to someone who doesn’t have funds to complete a deal.  All it does is helps destroys the club you love, reduces our financial capabilities and keeps us from progressing.  For every 1000 people that does not come to watch a home game, it reduces our budget by around £20,000.  The message to the Supporter’s Alliance was not one of myself not supporting the club, it was one that this club cannot operate as it does with 2,000 people attending home games.  We would once again need to restructure on and off the field.  Our budget is based on 3,000 people and if we don’t achieve that the budget is short of what cash it needs.  When we achieve in advance of 3,000, as we have regularly in the past, it gives us the opportunity to invest in the squad, with additional players to compete for a vital top 7 place, as we have previously done with Marc Richards, Chris Dagnall and Jimmy Smith.

I understand there has been a desire from supporters groups and some supporters for myself to give clarity on the position before now, and any progression of a potential deal but I wanted to give the consortiums every opportunity to stand firm on assurances given and conclude a deal. 

I have always done what I felt was in the best interest of this club and will continue to do so. I will update you all in due course of any developments.  In the meantime, it is more important than ever, with the fantastic run of results, that everyone gets united behind Darren and our team for this weekend’s game and the busy Christmas period to come.  It has been said before, but this club is nothing without its amazing supporters and our team needs you now.

Continue to stay safe.

LOTTERY | Week 43

The draw has been made:

1st           £100       Mr & Mrs Ludgate

2nd        £ 50        Mrs Herridge

3rd           £ 25        Mr Boon

CLUB NEWS | Over £2,000 raised from Poppy Shirt sales

After the auction period ended on Wednesday afternoon, we’re delighted to announce that we have raised £2,461 for the Poppy Appeal.

The winners of each shirt will have been contacted by email to arrange collection or delivery of the shirts.

Funds raised will now be donated to the Poppy Appeal, who continue to support the armed forces community with the outstanding engagement they do. For more information on the Poppy Appeal, click HERE.

CLUB NEWS | Poppy Shirt bid update (23rd November)

The latest round of bids are in for the Yeovil Town poppy shirts. 

Currently the highest bid for each shirt is as follows:

Smith £100

Barnett £150

Hunt £80

Wilkinson £250

Worthington £80

Gorman £75

Quigley £100

Knowles £125

Williams£80

Bradley £50

Lo-Everton £75

Wakefield £200

Moss £90

Yussuf £120

Staunton £150

Framed shirt £300

Bidding will close tomorrow at midday, to place a bid for one of these shirts, please email info@ytfc.net with the name and number of players shirt they wish to purchase alongside the bid amount. 

There are no bids on Evans’ shirt, we also now have shirts printed for Toby Stephens and Jack Robinson available to bid on.

LOAN WATCH | Toby Stephens makes Hemel debut

After signing on loan on Friday afternoon, Toby Stephens was sent straight into action a day later for Hemel Hempstead.

In a home clash against top of the league Dartford, Hemel who are managed by former Glovers youth coach Mark Jones, fell to a narrow 3-2 defeat. A Tyrique Hyde double and Ade Azzez spot kick was the difference as the 17th placed Tudors pushed the high-flyers all the way.

The Yeovil youngster played for 77 minutes on his debut before being substituted. Stephens will have another opportunity to impress next Saturday as Hemel host Stourbridge in FA Trophy action.

Onto the next one, Toby!

TRANSFER | Toby Stephens departs on a short-term loan deal

Yeovil Town youngster Toby Stephens has joined National League South side Hemel Hempstead on a one-month loan deal.

A graduate of the Yeovil Town academy, Toby Stephens has travelled with the squad for the majority of fixtures this season, but has been limited to a limited amount of substitute appearances and Somerset Premier Cup starts.

The 18-year-old will now join the National League South side on a temporary basis, hoping for a consistent run of first team football.

Commenting on the youngsters loan departure, first team manager Darren Sarll said, “Despite our small squad size, I believe it’s fundamental for Toby’s development, that the young man gets some minutes within a first team environment.

“He’s going to be playing one league below us, so it’s a good standard and learning experience for him which we will both reap the rewards from.”

Good luck, Toby!

CLUB NEWS | Poppy Shirt bid update (19th November)

The first round of bids are in for the Yeovil Town poppy shirts.

Currently the highest bid for each shirt is as follows:

Smith – £80

Moss – £55

Barnett – £150

Wilkinson – £250

Staunton £150

Williams – £80

Gorman – £75

Knowles £125

Wakefield – £200

Quigley – £100

Yussuf – £103

Framed signed shirt – £100

All other waiting for opening bid of £50

These are: Max Hunt, Matt Worthington, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, Max Evans and Alex Bradley.

To place a bid for one of these shirts, please email info@ytfc.net with the name and number of players shirt they wish to purchase alongside the bid amount.

The auction will close on Wednesday, 24th November at midday.

NATIONAL LEAGUE | Premier League New Funding

The following statement has been issued by the National League, not by Yeovil Town F.C:

The National League Board is delighted to receive news from the Premier League of fresh Covid Impact Funding to assist all our member Clubs.

This additional funding forms part of the Exclusion Order agreement with Government relating to the three-year renewal of the Premier League’s UK live and non-live broadcast rights. 

The League will receive an additional £5m funding over the next four seasons; with £2m this season in recognition of the extra pressure on Clubs due to the pandemic with an additional £1m for each of the following 3 seasons. This is totally new funding and as stated, arises from the agreement referred to in the previous paragraph.

The National League Board has met to consider the immediate distribution of this additional £2m funding and decided that this should be divided as 50% to Step 1 and 50% to Step 2.

National League Chairman Jack Pearce said: “The National League has been in regular discussion with the Premier League and other football organisations to discuss funding throughout the game.  This latest announcement is brilliant news for National League clubs for which we, as a Competition, are extremely grateful. 

“We welcome this new funding which comes after the Premier League assisted with the provision of valuable financial support during the pandemic that was crucial to the livelihood of clubs. The impact of COVID-19 was particularly severe at our level of the game and this new commitment is a timely boost which will aid clubs in their recovery and enable them to plan for the future.”

The NL Board are extremely grateful to our Chairman Jack Pearce for his assistance with the decision makers to obtain much need support for our members club

CLUB NEWS | Poppy shirts now open to bids

Proudly in partnership with the Royal British Legion, Yeovil Town will be auctioning match-worn shirts from Saturday’s victory over Eastleigh.

For the fixture, Darren Sarll’s squad each wore shirts with the RBL poppy embroidered on the front.

The match-worn shirts are now available to bid for with all proceeds going to the Poppy Appeal.

Alongside the match-worn shirts, there’s a framed shirt, signed by the first team squad open for bidding. 

Fans can bid by emailing info@ytfc.net, with the name and number of players shirt they wish to purchase alongside the bid amount. 

Bids must start at £50 per shirt and P&P will be extra should you require it.

We will issue updates on our website across the auction period with updates on the highest bid. The auction will close on Wednesday, 24th November at midday.

Good luck!

The shirts available: 

  • Framed shirt signed by the entire first team squad

Starting XI 

1. Grant Smith 

22. Dan Moss 

6. Luke Wilkinson 

5. Max Hunt 

3. Jordan Barnett 

32. Josh Staunton 

8. Dale Gorman 

7. Matthew Worthington 

19. Charlie Wakefield  

11. Tom Knowles  

23. Adi Yussuf 

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Used subs 

10. Joe Quigley 

13. Morgan Williams 

15. Sonny Blu Lo-Everton 

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Unused subs 

12. Max Evans 

14. Alex Bradley 

INJURY NEWS | Jack Robinson out for 4-6 weeks

Yeovil Town will be without Middlesbrough loanee Jack Robinson for four to six weeks due to an injury sustained in our FA Cup clash with Yate.

Since signing on loan, the 20-year-old has made 11 apps in all competitions, and scored in the fixture against Yate which saw him pick up an injury.

Speaking after Saturday’s victory, Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll confirmed the extent of the injury; “Unfortunately last week Jack Robinson caught a cross on the end of his toes and opened his ligaments up.

“I would have thought he’d be at least four to six weeks away. He’s been brilliant for us, obviously we wish him a speedy recovery as we’d like him back.”

The Glovers’ hard-fought victory over Eastleigh saw a number of players pick up war wounds, meaning Sarll was forced into a number of substitutions.

“All of them (the substituted players), were injuries. Charlie Wakefield came off after he was struggling with a dead leg at half-time. He did try to carry on, but when a player is running like he’s got a stone in their shoe, it’s normally a sore one.

“Matthew (Worthington) was the same, Knowlesy (Tom Knowles) was similar too, he’d just been down injured, so we whipped him off.

“I thought those three were excellent. Wakefield has been an outstanding signing.

CLUB NEWS | Ben Seymour & Jordan Dyer return to Exeter City

Yeovil Town can confirm that Ben Seymour and Jordan Dyer have returned to Exeter City after the expiry of their loan deals. 

The club would like to thank Seymour & Dyer for their efforts during their loan period.

Seymour made six appearances during his time at the club whilst defender Dyer made one appearance on Tuesday evening against Woking. 

We would also like to extend our thanks to Exeter manager Matt Taylor who has been excellent to deal with during the process of the duos loan spell. 

All the best for the future, lads!

CLUB NEWS | Lewis Simper recalled by Cambridge United

Yeovil Town can confirm that Lewis Simper has been recalled from his loan spell by Cambridge United.

Due to a number of injuries at his parent club, the midfielder now returns to Cambridge with immediate effect.

The club would like to thank Lewis for his efforts during his time in Somerset and wish him all the best for the future. 

CLUB NEWS | Lottery ticket volunteers

Yeovil Town are searching for a number of volunteers to sell lottery tickets on a match day at Huish Park.

The role includes free entry to Huish Park, so why not come and join the lottery team?

To apply for the roles, please email James – JHillier@ytfc.net.

CLUB NEWS | EPDP Success in County Cup clash

It was a proud night for the Yeovil Town Elite Player Development Programme on Wednesday as three members of the scheme in partnership with Yeovil College were involved in first team action.

Ollie Haste, who had been previously named on the bench in pre-season, enjoyed his first start for the club, completing 90 minutes and earning praise from first team manager Darren Sarll in his weekly press conference.

Speaking on Thursday afternoon, the boss said, “I was really pleased with the boys who came out of the college programme. Ollie Haste I thought was magnificent, talk about standing up to the opportunity.

In terms of the experience I was able to give him, he will remember that for the rest of his life and the same with young Jake Graziano, they coped brilliantly.

The wide-man had an effort cleared off the line in the second half and proved to be a thorn in the Bridgwater United side throughout the game.

Graziano, who was also mentioned by Sarll, is another member of the scheme also started for Town, starting on the right hand side of a young defence which was able to keep Bridgwater at arms-length for the majority of the cup tie.

Late in the day, with the game beyond doubt, Sarll said he wanted to give the young players on the bench a moment to remember, bringing on a third EPDP product in Corey Andrews (pictured).

In the coming weeks, the EPDP programme will be holding trials for the next academic year, for more information on the programme and the trials, click HERE.

CLUB NEWS | More trials arranged for Elite Player Development Programme in partnership with Yeovil College

Yeovil Town FC are pleased to confirm that another set of trials will be taking place for our Elite Player Development Programme. 

The programme which is jointly offered by Yeovil Town FC and Yeovil College is an exciting opportunity for Year 12 and 13 BTEC students to continue their full-time education within a professional football environment. 

The Football programme training is based at Huish Park with games across the South West, and studies based at Yeovil College offer BTEC Level 2 & 3 options, retakes of GCSEs and opportunities for additional coaching qualifications alongside the BTEC programme. 

All upcoming trials will take place with the latest social distancing measures enforced, ensuring all applicants and club staff are operating within a safe environment.

Our next set of trials will take place on the following dates:  25th, 26th, 27th and 28th October, 1:30PM-3:30PM, @ the Huish Park 3G pitch.

  First team manager Darren Sarll has given the scheme his personal backing, commenting when the scheme was launched, “At 16 I got the biggest knock back of my life. Within days I agreed to partake in the very same scheme, and I found my calling and future trade, in coaching. 

“This scheme gave me the platform to qualify, train every day and practices my trade as a coach. I have overseen many of these programmes since and have ex-students who are now working as a Physio, Head of Analysis, Heads of Coaching and most importantly players who all live in the EFL and Premier League. 

“These are wonderful programmes that I am looking to build at Yeovil Town FC to ensure we give focused, young, determined people the best possible chance to achieve their life goals. I want this football club in partnership with Yeovil College to be the hub of creating really positive futures for this community and Somerset area.” 

To book yourself onto a trial, click HERE.

CLUB NEWS | Financial Update: August 2021

With the season underway, Yeovil Town can offer supporters a financial update for the football club. 

Throughout the last year, the impact of playing without supporters has been a major financial challenge for Yeovil Town. 

During the lockdown, whilst fixtures were played behind closed doors, the club took out a payment agreement HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs), something offered to all National League clubs. As of August 2021, we are pleased to confirm the club has paid back all liabilities and no longer has any debts with HMRC. 

This week, as a result of the government lockdown being in force after April 1st, restricting our capacity to welcome supporters until the final two home fixtures, we have received another £112,000 loan from Sport England. 

This loan is a top up on loans given to clubs due to the lost revenue from last season’s lockdown period. This means that the loan itself is in relation to the costs and creditors from last season, and that is what the loan will be used for. 

The loan itself is a 20-year term, which includes a four-year holiday period at a 2% interest rate per annum. 

As has already been widely reported, clubs within the National League had expected funding to come in the form of grants rather than the collective loans that have been received. Yeovil Town, along with a number of other National League clubs will be looking to the sports minister for the loans to be eventually turned into grants, as has been previously suggested.

CLUB NEWS | Yeovil Town sign defensive duo on loan from the Championship

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce the loan signings of Jack Robinson from Middlesbrough and Dan Moss from Millwall.  

Joining to bolster Yeovil Town’s defensive options, Robinson has already had a taste of first team football this season, starting for Boro against Blackpool in the first round of the Carabao Cup and signs until January 10th.

A versatile defender, Robinson can play both left back, and left-sided centre half, providing much needed competition to the defensive ranks but will be unavailable for this afternoon’s clash with King’s Lynn due to minor injury.  

Jack Robinson of Yeovil Town during the Yeovil Town Photocall at Huish Park on 26 Aug 2021 in Yeovil, England (Photo by Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)

Moss, who signs until November 3rd is also a defender of a versatile mould. Mainly operating on the right side of the defence, the Millwall youngster has also found himself dispatched in the midfield and central defence.  

Already well travelled, Moss began his career in the youth ranks at Burnley, before venturing to Southeast London to ply his trade for the Lions. Dan will be available for this afternoon’s game, and you can still purchase tickets for our National League opener by visiting the Huish Park ticket office.  

Welcome to Somerset, lads! 

CLUB NEWS | Brand new programme

We are delighted to reveal our new-look programme, the Green & White, back in physical form for the 21/22 National League season.

Designed by Remous Print and edited by press officer Sam Collard, we are hoping to offer a fresh programme with some exciting reads.

Featuring exclusive interviews with players & staff, updates on the academy, and all the latest news, the Green & White is not to be missed!

This week’s addition includes an exclusive interview with Yeovil Town winger Tom Knowles, where he talks how his move to Yeovil developed, reflection on last season, and aims for the upcoming campaign.

Alongside a chat with our interview, Alex Bradley is the first Glover to take on our ‘This or That’ segment.

Darren Sarll’s full programme notes also return, alongside all the latest news from the Community Sports Trust & travel information from the Green & Whites supports group, plus much more!

The programme will be available to purchase from the ground tomorrow from just £3, with any remaining copies available in the club shop.

CLUB NEWS | 2021/22 away shirt launched

Introducing the new 2021/22 Yeovil Town away shirt.

Designed in collaboration with Hummel, Yeovil Town will don a white away shirt for the second season running, paired with green socks and shorts.

The shirt which will be worn on the road this season, will be available to purchase from tomorrow, both in-store and online.

View the gallery below of Tom Knowles, Joe Quigley & Dale Gorman modelling the latest kit.

CLUB NEWS | What’s on at Huish Park: King’s Lynn Town

After 18 months, we are delighted to finally welcome supporters back to Huish Park with reduced restrictions for competitive football. On Saturday, we’ve made a number of changes with the goal of improving the match day experience for all in attendance.


Bars: 

Pre/post match, the Marquee will not be open, however, we have instead opened a supporters suite in the Alec Stock Lounge. Opening from 12:15pm, why not join us to watch Arsenal take on Manchester City before taking your seats in Huish Park for our clash with King’s Lynn. If you’re looking for even more of a football fix, the bar will remain open for supporters to watch Chelsea take on Liverpool in a top of the table clash. Behind the Thatcher’s Gold Stand, we will be opening a new bar, however this week it will be operating at a reduced capacity, selling bottled drinks only this week. Our home match with Halifax will see the inclusion of draught products. In the coming weeks, thanks to our exciting partnership with Thatcher’s and St Austell Brewery.


Food & Drink:

After being closed for a number of months, we are delighted to officially reopen our tea bars around the ground at Huish Park. The Only Foods & Sauces van will not be at Huish Park on Saturday but will return for our clash with FC Halifax Town next weekend.


Programme:

With last season’s programme available digitally, this season we have returned to a physical programme, which will officially launch tomorrow afternoon, so keep your eyes peeled. 


Club shop:

We are also thrilled to be welcoming supporters back to the club shop on a match day once again, with our home, and soon to be revealed away shirt available to purchase alongside other Yeovil merchandise. We’ll be open from 10am and can’t wait to see you here!


Ticket office:

Alongside the club shop, the ticket office will also open at 10am. We recommend fans purchase their tickets before midday, with a price increase on tickets made after this time. 


If you haven’t got your ticket yet, why wait? Click HERE to purchase yours. 

CLUB NEWS | Yeovil Town partner with #HerGameToo

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce that we have partnered with #HerGameToo, with the aim to combat sexism within football.  

Within just months of the campaign, #HerGameToo have already partnered with a number of clubs at both ends of the pyramid, and we at Yeovil Town are proud to be the latest club to join forces with them.  

Commenting founder of #HerGameToo movement, Caz May who offered more insight into the excellent work the group do, “#HerGameToo is a movement set up to help tackle the misogynistic culture surrounding football.  

“It was founded by myself and 11 other female football fans who had simply had enough of sexist abuse when trying to enjoy the game we all love.  

“With this campaign, our main aim is to raise awareness of the problems we have to face alongside building a safer environment to make female fans feel more comfortable.” 

#HerGameToo is committed to ending sexism in football, and ten fundamental aims of their campaign:  

  • Create awareness 
  • Educate 
  • Research 
  • Develop a strong sense of community 
  • Create regular content to champion women in football (players, staff AND fans) 
  • Create strong relationships with clubs 
  • Create strong relationships with club trusts and communities 
  • Have a presence at football grounds and sports bars to build a more welcoming environment for young girls and women 
  • Continue to campaign against sexism in football 
  • Continue to campaign against online abuse 

Working proactively together, we will highlight #HerGameToo’s work within the programme and across our social media platforms, alongside information posters around Huish Park to build a presence within the stadium and offer information to report any abuse.

CLUB NEWS | Rest in peace, Stuart Housley

All at Yeovil Town Football Club are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of club legend, Stuart Housley.

Stuart was an excellent servant to the club. As a player he made 399 appearances, scoring 60 times, and continued to work within the football club in a variety of roles following his retirement from playing.

In the 1990s, Stuart served as a youth team manager, a role he held until 2009. In the years following, Stuart worked as the kit-man and video analyst before retiring in 2015.

The club would like to extend its condolences to Stuart’s family & friends at this extremely difficult time.

Rest in peace, Stuart Housley.

CLUB NEWS | Yeovil Town’s partnership with Screwfix continued, holding naming rights to the “The Screwfix Community Stand”

Yeovil Town Football Club are delighted to announce that Screwfix have agreed to extend their naming of The Screwfix Community Stand. The continued support from our local neighbour extends the close links between the two organisations into the eleventh consecutive season.

On maintaining the close links between Yeovil Town and Screwfix, the club’s Commercial Manager Mark Robinson said: “We are delighted Screwfix have extended their support of Yeovil Town Football Club with the continued naming rights of The Screwfix Community Stand and we are extremely grateful to everyone involved at Screwfix for their continued loyalty and commitment to our football club and supporters”

Commenting further, Jack Wallace Screwfix Marketing director added: We are delighted to continue our on-going support to Yeovil Town Football Club for the 2021/22 season with the naming rights of ‘The Screwfix Community Stand’. 

VACANCY | Chartered Physiotherapist/Sports Therapist

Yeovil Town FC are looking to recruit a self-motivated, committed, confident and knowledgeable individual to join Yeovil Town Football Club in the position of Physiotherapist/Sports Therapist to lead the Medical and Sports Science Department.

Please email or post a copy of your CV and application form to the HR Department for the attention of

James Hillier: recruitment@ytfc.net

By post: Huish Park, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8YF 

The application form for this role is available below:

The full job description can be viewed below:

STATEMENT | Club Update: July 2021

An update on all club matters

Ahead of the 21/22 season commencing, Yeovil Town can offer an update on all areas of the football club.

Chairman Scott Priestnall said, “After a tough 18-months without fans, we’re delighted to be preparing for a season with you behind us once again. I have to say my first two years as Chairman have not been without difficulty. The pandemic has affected all of us and we still live-in hope that the worst of this virus is behind us, and we can move forward with a happier and safer future. 

“I would also like to thank everyone who contributed to the raising of funds for Lee Collins’ family, it was extremely generous.  Lee was our captain and will never be forgotten.

“On the pitch, we are currently building a squad that has the potential to be competitive within this division, with a blend of youth and experience.

“Off the pitch, we are making strides to improve the match-day experience at Huish Park for all stakeholders, with multiple plans in place including a new bar area behind the Thatcher’s Gold Stand.

“It’s great to see so many of you have already purchased season tickets ahead of the new season, as you, the fans, are the lifeblood of our great club.

“There’s certainly lots to be excited about ahead of the new season, I’ll see you all at Huish Park very soon!”

The Squad

Darren Sarll has been making strides to build his squad in preparation for his third season at the helm, speaking in a recent interview, he said; “They’ve been very, very good. It’s a very different team, that’s going to have to play a very different way. 

“They’ve been excellent, they’re going to have to create a new dynamic, but the biggest thing for us was the change in athleticism. There are some frighteningly athletic young & older men out there now! 

“The biggest thing is that we have to cut-through and unfilter all of our work to be ready for the start of the season.”

To avoid conjecture & rumour, we can confirm that Albi Skendi is currently absent from Yeovil Town training. However, Skendi does remain under contract with the football club.  

Commercial

During the off-season, the club has worked hard to improve the experience around Huish Park on a match-day and during the week. Commercial Manager Mark Robinson has shared the latest updates around our conference facilities, match-day experience plans and sponsorship:

Conference facilities

As the world starts to come alive again, so too has our conference facilities with bookings for meetings and training courses starting to happen again and enquiries are increasing.

During the lockdown period we were a regular venue for hosting virtual conferences, an example of how we as an organisation had to adapt to the current business climate. However, we are now delighted to confirm that Huish Park Conference centre is open for business offering tailored meeting and conferencing options.

Match-day experience

During the coming season everyone at YTFC are looking to improve supporters experience of visiting Huish Park, we will be showing the televised fixtures live prior to our home games and after our final whistle within the Alec Stock lounge. This lounge is open to all home fans who wish to come to the stadium early and sit in a comfortable relaxed environment whilst socialising with their fellow supporters and enjoying our hospitality. There will be a matchday snack menu in place for supporters to enjoy as they soak up the build-up to our match’s. 

The club are in the process of completing an overhaul of our matchday hospitality with the commitment to improve the matchday experience at Huish Park. We have decorated and improved our executive boxes, to include their own bottle fridge and draught beverage to create an executive experience for all our customers to enjoy.

For fans who wish to sample the corporate experience we will be offering the opportunity to book a table in the 1895 Lounge to enjoy a three-course meal with table service. This will be a pre booked restaurant offering good quality food and service overlooking the pitch, allowing you to enjoy the build-up to our fixture.

We have an exciting project currently in motion behind our Thatcher’s Gold Terrace. For the start of the season, we shall have a new bar area in place, giving the home supporters the chance to have access to food and beverage refreshments prior to the match and at half time.

With these improved facilities across the venue, we feel we have catered better than before for all our fans and look forward to you all supporting each new and refreshed opportunity and hope it improves your time at the stadium.

New shirt/sponsors

We are excited to be able to work with Hummel to produce our training and playing kit.

The partnership allows us the opportunity to work with a passionate brand that are creating some great and exciting designs tailored to each of their partner clubs which is a fantastic opportunity for YTFC and our fans to have an exciting range in our club shop.

As you may have seen already, we launched our brand-new home strip this week, and we’ll be launching orders in the coming days whilst we await delivery of the full stock.

Alongside Hummel, we are also delighted to welcome Jurassic Fibre to the Yeovil Town family ahead of the National League season. Jurassic Fibre will be the clubs’ principal partner for the next three seasons, with their logo adorning the front of our shirt.

Speaking following the deal was signed, Steve Garrood, Chief Commercial Officer at Jurassic Fibre, said; “We are thrilled to become Yeovil Town FC’s main club partner and sponsor. At the heart of our approach is working with communities, and Yeovil Town is a strong community-based club. We are excited to be supporting and working with the club and the local community through this three-year partnership.

“Both Yeovil Town and Jurassic Fibre are intent on creating exciting futures, so it’s a perfect combination! On the field we will be backing the team to do great things. Off the field, as we roll out our ultrafast full fibre network, we’re committing significant investment to the Yeovil and wider Somerset area, with big plans to serve residents and the business community, with an outstanding full fibre broadband offering.”

For more information on Jurassic Fibre, click HERE.

We remain active in searching for further sponsors and will have further sponsorship news coming soon.

New Programme

After spending the last 18-months in digital form, we’re delighted to launch the Green & White in physical form once again, with a fresh design for the new season. Subscriptions for the programme will be available once we unveil the final product ahead of the new season, so keep your eyes peeled!  

Tickets

We are delighted to be able to welcome you back to Huish Park once again after a difficult 18 months apart. With the announcement that restrictions would be eased, season ticket sales have commenced in recent weeks, with an excellent response from the Huish Park faithful. As it stands, we have sold approximately 500 season tickets, and when compared to the same stage in previous seasons, we are selling tickets faster than ever!

Those who wish to renew their season ticket and guarantee their seat have until 4pm on the 6th of August to send their form to the club. For more information on season tickets, please click the link HERE, or visit the Huish Park club shop (Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm)

With pre-season well underway, Huish Park will host three friendlies, against Forest Green Rovers, AFC Bournemouth U23 and Southampton B, kids go free for these fixtures, so there’s no better time to welcome to family to Huish Park.

Crowdfunder packages

As it stands, the club has fulfilled all packages it has been able to whilst operating within COVID-19 restrictions. Packages such as a place in the team photo were unable to be fulfilled last season due to COVID restrictions not allowing this to take place. The football club plans to honour these packages when it is viable to do so.

Land

When it comes to the sale of the club’s land, the club remains considering our options, with the football club and the wider communities best interest paramount in our decision making. As was reported last year, the football club struck a deal with South Somerset District Council, however this deal has not been completed but remains a viable option.

The club continue to talk to interested parties, including development partners, who would be willing to work closely with the club to help fulfil our vision and give this club an exciting future.

Ground’s work

Our groundsman Stuart Antell has been a busy man in the offseason, working on the pitch at Huish Park alongside the training ground at Alvington. This has involved reseeding the pitch at Huish Park, so it’s prepared for the National League season ahead. Commenting on its progress, Stuart said; “The stadium was renovated in the week directly after the last league game. We took the top 5mm off with a machine called a Koro, deep spiked to 7”, 90 tonnes of sand applied and followed off with 18 bags of seed drilled in 4 directions. We are 6 weeks into that now and I’m as happy as a groundsman can be with it.

“Alvington has been a little behind with the renovations for various reasons. Pitch 1 was renovated on Tuesday (13th July). This wasn’t quite as extensive as the stadium. We scarified in 2 directions with a Tractor-Mounted Scarifier, deep spiked to 5” and applied 13 bags of seed drilled in 2 directions. I am hoping this will be playable within 4 weeks so we can go ahead with the same renovation on pitch 2 on 10th August.

“I would like to thank S Merret Services for all their help on these jobs!”

Community Sports Trust

Throughout the last year, the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust has continued their outstanding work, despite the challenging circumstances. In recent weeks, our U12 side managed by Louis McCarten travelled to Hertfordshire to compete in the JPL National Shield final which they won!

The Trust has continued to actively engage with school children across the local area, running football themed education for young people.

Growing in numbers, Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust are looking for Level 1 & 2 Football Coaches to work within their Football Development Programme. Opportunities to work and coach for their Junior Premier League teams.

If you are interested, please contact; Bob Thomas, Football Development Officer, (Bthomas@ytfc.net)

SIGNING | Morgan Williams returns for a permanent stay at Huish Park

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the signing of Morgan Williams on a two-year-deal.

A familiar face to most Glovers fans, Williams enjoyed two short term loan spells with the club from Coventry City.

Making an instant impact in his first spell, Williams kept a clean sheet on his debut against FC Halifax Town after just one training session with the club.

Prior to joining the Glovers on loan first time round, Williams had already made his first team bow for Coventry, lining up in the Checkatrade Trophy against Arsenal and later started in League One against Fleetwood Town.

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Despite being just 21-years old, Williams already has pedigree within the non-league circuit, being named in the 2017/18 Northern Premier League Team of the Season during his time with Mickleover Town.

The second of his loan spells with Yeovil came in late 2020, as the defender starred in Yeovil Town’s dramatic FA Cup victory over Bromley in November.

Speaking to ytfc.net after signing, the defender said, “I’m really excited, obviously I’ve been here twice before, and I’ve loved it so I’m happy to be back.

“Knowing the club is the main reason I wanted to come here. Knowing the gaffer (Darren Sarll) from the previous times I’ve been here, and the lads have helped me in both instances.

“It’s a fresh start for me, I really want to put my mark on the club now.”

All at Yeovil Town are delighted to welcome Morgan back to the club.

 

CLUB NEWS | Player Update: June 2021

Following the conclusion of the 2020/21 National League season, Yeovil Town can now issue a player update.

Currently, ten players are contracted to Yeovil Town F.C, whilst further discussions are taking place with players out of contract.

 

In-contract

Luke Wilkinson

Alex Bradley

Max Hunt

Albi Skendi

Josh Staunton

Tom Knowles

Reuben Reid

Joe Quigley

Max Evans

Toby Stephens

 

Offered new contract

Matthew Worthington

Rhys Murphy (Declined)

 

Out of contract

Lawson D’Ath (will remain at club post-surgery for rehabilitation)

Charlie Lee 

Jimmy Smith (Retired)

Chris Dagnall

Carl Dickinson

Emmanuel Sonupe

Gabriel Rogers

Alex John

 

Loan players returning to their parent club

Adam Smith

Michael Kelly

Josh Neufville

Billy Sass-Davies

 

Discussions are underway with individuals from the above out of contract and loan lists.

Yeovil Town would like to extend its thanks to all departing players for their efforts during their time at Huish Park and wish them all the best for the future.  

CLUB NEWS | Rhys Murphy to depart Huish Park

Rhys Murphy will depart Huish Park on the expiry of his Yeovil Town contract. 

After two successful seasons with the club, scoring 29 National League goals, Murphy has decided not to renew his Yeovil Town contract. 

The forward will now join newly relegated Southend United.

All at Yeovil Town would like to wish Rhys all the best for the future.

CLUB NEWS | From Somerset to South Asia, YTFC Live reaches far and wide

As the National League season drew to a close against Stockport County on the 29th  of May, so did YTFC Live, Yeovil Town’s streaming service which covered games whilst games were played behind closed doors.

Whilst it certainly wasn’t the same as being in Huish Park, the ever-evolving platform went through radical changes to improve the viewing experience for supporters. These supporters viewed from far and wide, highlighting the reach of Yeovil Town F.C.

Starting at home in the United Kingdom, YTFC Live welcomed over 18,000 customers based in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Venturing over the Atlantic Ocean, we were delighted to see 136 of you tuned in from the United States.

India, the second most populous country in the world also possessed a small number or Glovers fans this season, with 110 fans tuning in from the South Asian nation.

In mainland Europe, Spain, France, and Germany had approximately 100 supporters registered to the service.  

Viewing from home on a number of different devices, the most popular was a desktop/laptop, with 54% of you tuning in via one of these devices. The second most popular was mobiles, with just shy of 31% of you watching from them.

Rounding off the top five devices were tablets (7.84%), Smart TV’s (4.1%), and Games Consoles (2.67%).

Thank you for your continued support and feedback on our streaming service, as it stands, we are awaiting confirmation as to whether we can continue the platform for upcoming seasons, in the hope of reaching more Glovers fans, far and wide.

 

VACANCY | Part-time first team sports scientist

Yeovil Town are looking to appoint a fully qualified sports scientist to its first team staff on a part-time basis.

Applicants will only be considered if they have a degree is Sports Science and have experience in this field.

The role is part-time position, with the expectation that the individual will be present at two training sessions per week and all games home and away.

Candidates must have experience in GPS usage and delivering practical sessions to the team, alongside the rehabilitation of the returning injured players.

The wage expectation for this role is between 9-11k per annum. 

If the candiate is succesful, they will be expected to start on 8th July 2021.

The full job description can be found HERE. 

The application form can be found HERE. 

To apply, please email your CV alongside the application form to recruitment@ytfc.net

CARVERY | Bookings open for Father’s Day

Yeovil Town will once again be hosting a carvery at Huish Park for Father’s Day (20th June).

Serving from 12pm to 3pm, bookings can now be made for our Sunday roast. The roast will offer a range of meats including Beef, Pork & Turkey alongside vegtables & all the trimmings.

Vegetarian and Vegan options are available, with range of Desserts also on offer.

Under government guidelines, the rule of 6 per table will apply, unless the table includes just two households then a larger group can be welcomed. Face Coverings will be required on entry to Huish Park, and all food and drink will be table service. 

Please book early to avoid disappointment. To book, please email hospitality@ytfc.net

Prices:

2 Meats £10.95

3 Meats £11.95

Under 10 yrs old £6.55

CLUB NEWS | Club Shop & Ticket Office closed next week

For the week commencing May 31st, the club shop and ticket office will be closed. 

Online orders can still be placed but will not be dispatched until the week commencing 7th June. Refund information for 20/21 season tickets will also be issued that week. 

With regards to 21/22 season tickets, further information will be confirmed once Stadium guidelines are confirmed by the government ahead of lockdown easing once again in late June.

CLUB NEWS | Jimmy Smith to retire from professional football

Jimmy Smith will play his final game as a professional footballer on Saturday afternoon as the 34-year-old retires from the professional game.

Lacing up his boots for the last time against Stockport County, this will be the midfielder’s 513th and final professional appearance of his career.

Speaking to ytfc.net following the announcement, Jimmy said; “I’ve had two very different seasons in my time at Yeovil. The first one was unbelievable, to play for this club I’ve always thought so highly of throughout my career was special.

 “I always mentioned to Terry on occasions ‘when you going to sign me,’ as bit of banter and when I had to opportunity to come here, I was buzzing.

Jimmy made an immediate impact when signing, scoring on his debut against AFC Fylde, just one of the “fantastic times” he enjoyed in green and white.  

“I have a good relationship with the gaffer and Terry and have learnt so much from them.

“What we created as a team, staff, and fans together was amazing, playing home and away, the fans are truly the 12th man, which is something we have missed this season.

“Sharing the moment with our fans is something will always stick with me, especially when we sing our song all together. I was gutted we couldn’t achieve promotion in the play offs.”

This year has been particularly difficult for Town, both on and off the pitch, but the unity within the ranks has pulled the Glovers through to the end of the season.

“Not getting promotion was my reason to come back again this season, even though it is three hours from my home.

“I was committed to achieving that because I believed we could do it, but it turned out to be the worst year of my life, COVID, losing our captain, it’s been a very hard year for us all but we have stuck together through all of this because of the love and strength we have for each other.”

Playing from the Premier League to the National League, the 34-year-old has enjoyed a spectacular career spanning 16 seasons.

Starting on the books at Chelsea, Jimmy made one competitive appearance for the Blues, coming on as a substitute for Arjen Robben against Newcastle at St, James’ Park. Returning to where it all started, Jimmy will now take up a coaching role with this season’s Champions League finalists.

Sending his parting message to the club, Jimmy said, “I wish the gaffer, Terry, and the squad all the best for next season. With the fans back, pushing this team up the league, hopefully they can gain promotion, which this town deserves.”

All at Yeovil Town would like to congratulate Jimmy on his new role and thank him for his service in Somerset.

CLUB NEWS | An open letter from Lee Collins’ partner, Rachel

I just wanted to say a few words to thank you all, both those here at Yeovil Town F.C. and further afield in the footballing community, on both mine and Lee’s wider family’s behalf.

I’m not too sure on the right words to say, to express how thankful I am and how much your well wishes and kindness mean throughout what has been extremely difficult time. We are, understandably, devastated by the loss of Lee. Every single day is now a lesson, learning to live without him and ways to cope.

I personally visited the floral tributes left at the ground for Lee on a couple of occasions and I read every single card, note, picture and beautiful words written by people for Lee. I am truly touched by everyone’s kindness.

I also wanted to say the deepest, heartfelt thank you to Darren, Terry, and Scott. Their support has been amazing, nothing is ever too much and anything I have needed, Darren has always helped me and my girls out.

Our girls have been extremely strong throughout this whole thing. They undoubtedly miss their dad, as we all do, more than anything. Our new family motto is ‘one day at a time’, which sometimes, to get through every day, is a task in itself. Their courage, resilience and love is something that I am in complete awe of. They give me a reason to smile every day and we remember Lee every single day.

Mental health is so vitally important, and I ask any of you reading this, if you need help or are offered help by those closest to you, because they see you need it when you can’t, please, please reach out. It is OK to not be OK, and there is always someone there for you… Even when you feel like there isn’t.

Lee was your captain, your leader. For us, he was our safe place, our best friend.

We will forever be grateful for your love, kindness, and support. It means more than you will ever know to me and our girls.

Rachel

 

To donate to our Crowdfunder UK campaign raising money for Lee’s family & Young Minds, click the link HERE.

CLUB NEWS | Key Dates Confirmed For Vanarama National League Season 2021/22

Key dates have been confirmed for the 2021/22 Vanarama National League season across all three divisions.

The campaign for National League North and South clubs gets underway on Saturday 14th August, with the National division starting one week later.

Round dates for the FA Cup and FA Trophy can be found at www.thefa.com in due course.

The date for the release of league fixtures is yet to be finalised. 

 

Vanarama National League Key Dates

-Start Date: Saturday 21st August 2021

-End Date: Saturday 21st May 2022

-Play-Offs: Wednesday 25th May 2022 to Sunday 5th June 2022 (Dates TBC)

 

Vanarama National League North and South Key Dates

-Start Date: Saturday 14th August 2021

-End Date: Saturday 7th May 2022

-Play-Offs: Wednesday 11th May 2022 to Sunday 22nd May 2022 (Dates TBC)

 

Christmas Schedule (All Divisions)

-Sunday 26th December 2021

-Tuesday 28th December 2021 (Bank Holiday)

-Sunday 2nd January 2022- Clubs have the ability to move fixtures to Saturday 1st January 2022 or Monday 3rd January 2022 (both Bank Holidays)

 

*Dates could be subject to change

CLUB NEWS | Yeovil Town F.C. launch fundraising campaign to support family of late captain, Lee Collins

Yeovil Town F.C. has today launched a Crowdfunder UK campaign to support the family of club captain, Lee Collins, following his tragic passing in March.

Collaborating with Collins’ former clubs, Yeovil Town F.C. are bringing the football family together across the UK to raise funds for Collins’ partner and young children and mental health charities, with 10% of the donations given to Young Minds.

Described as the ‘glue’ of the club at Yeovil, Collins also wore the captain’s armband at Northampton Town, Mansfield Town and Forest Green Rovers and played for teams across the English Football League (EFL) and National League including Wolverhampton Wanderers, Port Vale, Barnsley and Shrewsbury Town.

Admired by all he played with at Yeovil and beyond, Collins set standards both on and off the pitch and will be remembered for his competitive attitude as well as his kind and caring nature.

Commenting on the campaign, Yeovil Town F.C.’s manager, Darren Sarll, said:

“Uniting the football family under one banner to create something special for the family of one of our own whilst supporting mental health charities in the UK is a huge objective of ours.

“Alongside Lee’s previous clubs and teammates, we have launched a fund to support the future aspirations of Lee’s daughters, Amelia, Laila and Charley-Mae and also raise money for the important work led by mental health charities across the nation.

“Yeovil is a family-centred club and Lee’s wonderful family, who have shown great strength during this extremely difficult time, will always have a home at Huish Park. We’ll celebrating Lee’s life with all the Yeovil supporters during our match against Stockport County on 29 May and appreciate the unbelievable support we have seen over the past few weeks.”

To donate to the Crowdfunder, click HERE.

HOSPITALITY | Stand up comedy night – 3rd June

Huish Park will host its first stand up comedy night on Thursday June 3rd. 

Taking place in the Alec Stock Lounge, enjoy a selection of local comedians presented by Dom Hatten Wood. 

Starting at 7pm, it’s not just comedy on offer, there will be a curry and a pint available for just £9.95. 

The rule of six will still be in place so reservations are essential. To book, please email Sharon Hartley –  hospitality@ytfc.net

CLUB NEWS | More trials arranged for Elite Player Development Programme in partnership with Yeovil College

Yeovil Town FC are pleased to confirm that another set of trials will be taking place for our Elite Player Development Programme. 

The programme which is jointly offered by Yeovil Town FC and Yeovil College is an exciting opportunity for Year 12 and 13 BTEC students to continue their full-time education within a professional football environment. 

The Football programme training is based at Huish Park with games across the South West, and studies based at Yeovil College offer BTEC Level 2 & 3 options, retakes of GCSEs and opportunities for additional coaching qualifications alongside the BTEC programme. 

All upcoming trials will take place with the latest social distancing measures enforced, ensuring all applicants and club staff are operating within a safe environment.

Our next set of trials will take place on the following dates:  

June 1st/3rd – 1pm-3pm. 
 
First team manager Darren Sarll has given the scheme his personal backing, commenting when the scheme was launched, “At 16 I got the biggest knock back of my life. Within days I agreed to partake in the very same scheme, and I found my calling and future trade, in coaching. 

“This scheme gave me the platform to qualify, train every day and practices my trade as a coach. I have overseen many of these programmes since and have ex-students who are now working as a Physio, Head of Analysis, Heads of Coaching and most importantly players who all live in the EFL and Premier League. 

“These are wonderful programmes that I am looking to build at Yeovil Town FC to ensure we give focused, young, determined people the best possible chance to achieve their life goals. I want this football club in partnership with Yeovil College to be the hub of creating really positive futures for this community and Somerset area.” 

To book your place at upcoming trials please email:  info@ytfc.net 

SUPPORTERS | Attending supporter information

Yeovil Town can confirm information for attending supporters ahead of Tuesday’s return of spectators to Huish Park.

There will be NO ticket sales made on the day, and those collecting their tickets are encouraged to do so on Monday or as early as possible on Tuesday. Tickets are selling fast, with only seated tickets remaining, purchase yours from HERE.

Turnstiles will open at 6:30pm and close at 7:35pm, please arrive as early as possible to ensure entry into Huish Park. There will be no admission for late arrivals to Huish Park.

As part of the supporter’s code of conduct, all in attendance must wear face masks throughout their time on site at Huish Park, unless medically exempt.

Social distancing rules remain in place, with seated gaps left to ensure this in the stands, whilst supporters must keep 2 meters in the terracing.

Stewards will be on hand to issue instructions and answer questions. Please always follow their instructions.

Following the conclusion of the fixture, the Main and Screwfix stand will have a delayed egress to ensure a safe exit of Huish Park.

To read the full code of conduct, click here, whilst a video is also available, highlighted above.

CLUB NEWS | Yeovil Town appeal Alex Bradley’s red card

Yeovil Town can confirm that we have appealed Alex Bradley’s red card which he received against Aldershot Town on Tuesday.

Bradley was sent off early in the second half as Town fell to a 2-0 defeat in Hampshire.

As it stands, Bradley will receive a three-match ban but with a successful appeal this can be reduced or cleared all together.

In his weekly press conference, Darren Sarll confirmed Town had sent an appeal to the Football Association.

Yeovil Town will issue an update once a response to the appeal has been received.

EUROS | Book your spot to watch England fixtures at Huish Park

Huish Park will be open for supporters to watch England’s opening ‘EURO 2020’ fixtures.

Support the Three Lions with fellow Yeovil supporters in the Alec Stock Lounge, firstly on Sunday 13th June as Gareth Southgate’s side face Croatia (2pm K.O). The club will be open from 12pm with a variety of food and drink available. 

On Friday 18th June it’s a clash of the home nations as England host Scotland at Wembley (8pm K.O), the club will be open from 6pm for this fixture. 

Booking is advisable for these fixtures as we will still be operating at a max capacity of six per table during these fixtures, with a view to expand for England’s final group fixture depending on government restrictions.

To book – via email: Sharon – hospitality@ytfc.net

 

CLUB NEWS | Darren Sarll & Terry Skiverton lead coaching session for Merriott Rhinos

On Monday evening, Merriott Rhinos Under 9’s youth football club were treated to a surprise visit during their training session from Darren Sarll and Terry Skiverton, as they led their weekly session.

Rhinos manager Matt Tither and coaches Kelvin Charles and Gareth Williams thought it would be a really special opportunity for the youngsters to be coached by the Town management team after a difficult year, mostly away from the pitch for the youngsters.

The young side were all smiles throughout as they enjoyed the drills and games set up by Sarll and Skiverton.

Speaking to ytfc.net following the session, Sarll said; “Terry and I are still very committed to the wider responsibilities that we have within the Somerset community.

“Personally, working with young people is how I try to relax and reconnect with the innocence of the game. We both very much enjoyed working with the players, meeting the coaches and the parents and I hope they took something positive away with from it.”

In the coming weeks, the Rhinos will travel to St. Mary’s Stadium in Southampton to take part in a youth tournament for sides based across the South of England.

All at Yeovil Town wish the Merriott Rhinos all the best during their upcoming tournament.  

 

VACANCY | Hospitality staff required

Yeovil Town are searching to grow our hospitality team at Huish Park. 

There are various roles in catering/hospitality available, with variable hours ranging from days, evening, weekends.

No previous experience is required but will be looked upon favourably upon application.

To apply, please email – recruitment@ytfc.net

TRANSFER | Alfie Lloyd departs Huish Park

Yeovil Town can confirm the departure of Alfie Lloyd to Queens Park Rangers for an undisclosed fee plus add ons.

The forward is a product of the Yeovil Town academy, and has caught the eye this season with his consistent goalscoring exploits for Town’s U18’s.

In November, Lloyd made his first team debut, coming off the bench against Hartlepool United.

Following a successful trial, the forward now moves to West London to join up with Mark Warburton’s side.

Speaking following his transfer, Lloyd said: “I have enjoyed every minute of my time at Yeovil, especially the last year working with Darren Sarll & Terry Skiverton.

“It was a great opportunity to work with someone like Darren who has a great reputation for developing young players and I was able to experience that first-hand, Terry had valuable advice and experience of what it was like to play at the highest level.

“I would also like to thank Mark Challen for his great work with me and the rest of the youth team for the last two years.”

All at Yeovil Town would like to wish Alfie all the best for the future.

Rest in peace, John West

Everyone at Yeovil Town is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former lottery agent, John West. 

John was a longtime Yeovil Town supporter who covered the St. John’s Road area of Yeovil for our lottery draw for over 20 years.

All associated with Yeovil Town would like to pass on our sincere condolences to his family and friends.  

CARVERY | 23rd & 30th May

On Sunday 23rd May, Huish Park will host a carvery once again for the first time this year. 

Serving from 12pm to 3pm, bookings can now be made for our Sunday roast. The roast will offer a range of meats including Beef, Pork & Turkey alongside vegtables & all the trimmings.

Vegetarian and Vegan options are available, with range of Desserts also on offer.

Under government guidelines, the rule of 6 per table will apply, unless the table includes just two households then a larger group can be welcomed. Face Coverings will be required on entry to Huish Park, and all food and drink will be table service. 

Please book early to avoid disappointment. To book, please call 07717007966 to reserve you table. You can also book via email – sharonhartley650@yahoo.com.

Prices:

2 Meats £10.95

3 Meats £11.95

Under 10 yrs old £6.55

 

LOTTERY | Week 14 & 15

This week’s winners are: 

Week 14:

1ST  MR ROGER TRASK,     YEOVIL,       WINNING NUMBER    AI1339     WINNING £100,

2ND   MRS  FARRANT,        YEOVIL,       WINNING  NUMBER  AF2428      WINNING  £50,

3RD  MR B C  FOWLER,      CHARD,        WINNING  NUMBER  AI8110      WINNING  £25.00,

 

Week 15: 

1ST     MR  ROBIN GOODFELLOW,     WINNING NUMBER  AI6899,    WINNING       £100     FROM  DRAYTON,

2ND   MR CLIVE    CHARLES,               WINNING NUMBER  AI8614,      WINNING      £50       FROM   YEOVIL,

3RD   MRS  J COLEMAN,                    WINNING NUMBER   AG4779,      WINNING £25           FROM YEOVIL,

 

CLUB NEWS | Virtual Mascot packages available

Support Yeovil Town from afar with our latest virtual mascot package, available for all of our remaining home fixtures. 

For just £20, a young Glovers fan can receive:

– A video introduction and shoutout from the match commentators on our streaming platform, seen and heard by thousands of fans! 

⁃ A video message from one of the first team squad/management! 

– A certificate to celebrate the occasion.

– A match pass for your chosen game.

– 15% off any junior sized replica ranges purchased from the Glovers store.

To purchase this package, please email commercial manager Mark Robinson – MRobinson@ytfc.net

CLUB NEWS | An update on the return of supporters to Huish Park

Yeovil Town can confirm we are making plans for the return of supporters ahead of our final two home fixtures against Maidenhead United & Stockport County.

Subject to government guidelines and necessary permissions, Huish Park will be able to welcome supporters as our National League season comes to a close. 

Active season ticket holders (those who either received a partial refund, a streaming pass, or donated funds to the club), will have paper tickets sent to their address. 

Yeovil Town supporters without a season ticket will be able to purchase from our online ticketing portal.  

We will be operating under a capped attendance for these fixtures and remind supporters to always maintain social distancing within Huish Park. The supporters code of conduct will be issued in our next release, supporters must always adhere to these rules within Huish Park.

Unfortunately, there will be no away fans permitted to attend these fixtures. 

A further update will be issued early next week once tickets have been put on sale. 

TEAM NEWS | How Yeovil Town lineup against FC Halifax Town

Darren Sarll has made just one change to the Yeovil Town side which beat Wealdstone on Saturday afternoon. 

After picking up a yellow card on Saturday, Charlie Lee has taken his total to ten meaning he will sit out against the Shaymen. Reuben Reid has returned to the side in his place. 

There’s also a first squad inclusion for Toby Stephens who starts on the bench. 

The full starting side is as follows:

A.Smith; Dickinson, Sass-Davies, Skendi, Kelly; J.Smith, Neufville, Knowles, Dagnall; Quigley, Reid.

Subs: Bradley, Evans, Hunt, Sonupe, Stephens

TEAM NEWS | How Yeovil Town line-up against Wealdstone F.C.

Darren Sarll has named an unchanged 11 as Yeovil Town face Wealdstone in National League action. 

That means, Adam Smith remains in goal, with a back four of Michael Kelly, Billy Sass-Davies, Albi Skendi and Carl Dickinson ahead of him. 

Sticking with the midfield diamond, Charlie Lee starts at the base, with Jimmy Smith, Tom Knowles and Chris Dagnall further forward. 

Luton loanee Josh Neufville partners hat-trick hero Joe Quigley up front. 

On the bench for Town, there is a return from injury for Alex Bradley, whilst Reuben Reid, Max Hunt, Emmanuel Sonupe and Max Evans all wait in the wings. 

CLUB NEWS | Young Glovers earn their coaching stripes

Yeovil Town academy scholars have been putting their studying into action this week, taking part in the FA Level Two coaching course.

On Tuesday afternoon, members of the U18’s side took to the Huish Park 3G pitch, leading sessions they had planned themselves after much hard work.

 

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Under the watchful eye of former Glover and Watford’s youngest ever goal scorer Gifton Noel-Williams, the young Glovers impressed as they led sessions for other members of the club’s youth ranks.

Setting themselves up for a future in coaching, the academy scholars ticked all the boxes and were a credit to the club throughout the process.

Well done, lads!

CONTRACT | Joe Quigley commits his future to Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm that Joe Quigley has signed a new contract at Huish Park, keeping him at the club until June 2023.

Joe, 24, signed for Town in October 2020, and last night scored his first hat-trick in green and white.

As confirmed in Darren Sarll’s post-match interview, the towering forward now looks forward to enjoying an extended spell in Somerset.

Speaking to BBC Somerset following the announcement, Joe said, “There was no doubt that I wanted to stay here. As soon as I spoke with the gaffer about it, I was on board.

“He’s (Sarll) been brilliant here, I absolutely love working with him and I love the lads here too.

“It ultimately comes down to the gaffer working with me, he’s spent a lot of hours with me over the time I’ve been here, it’s something I really appreciate and hopefully I’ll be able to repay him out on the pitch.”

Following the victory over Solihull Moors, Sarll confirmed the former Bournemouth man is in his plans going forward.

“We’re at a good point with Joe, it’s probably as good a time as ever to confirm that he’s with us next year.

“Obviously with the last couple of weeks we didn’t want to release anything disrespectfully.

“Joe is part of my long-term plans, and I thought he was great again tonight (against Solihull Moors).”

All at Yeovil Town would like to wish Joe all the best during his time at Huish Park.

CLUB NEWS | English football announces social media boycott

In line with the rest of English Football, Yeovil Town can confirm it will partake in the social media blackout with the support of the National League board. 

From 15.00 on Friday 30 April to 23.59 on Monday 3 May, there will be nothing posted across the Yeovil Town social media channels. 

 

The full statement reads:

The FA, Premier League, EFL, FA Women’s Super League, FA Women’s Championship, PFA, LMA, PGMOL, Kick It Out and the FSA will unite for a social media boycott from 15.00 on Friday 30 April to 23.59 on Monday 3 May, in response to the ongoing and sustained discriminatory abuse received online by players and many others connected to football.

 

This has been scheduled to take place across a full fixture programme in the men’s and women’s professional game and will see clubs across the Premier League, EFL, WSL and Women’s Championship switch off their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

 

As a collective, the game recognises the considerable reach and value of social media to our sport. The connectivity and access to supporters who are at the heart of football remains vital.

 

However, the boycott shows English football coming together to emphasise that social media companies must do more to eradicate online hate, while highlighting the importance of educating people in the ongoing fight against discrimination.

 

In our letter of February 2021, English football outlined its requests of social media companies, urging filtering, blocking and swift takedowns of offensive posts, an improved verification process and re-registration prevention, plus active assistance for law enforcement agencies to identify and prosecute originators of illegal content. While some progress has been made, we reiterate those requests today in an effort to stem the relentless flow of discriminatory messages and ensure that there are real-life consequences for purveyors of online abuse across all platforms.

 

Boycott action from football in isolation will, of course, not eradicate the scourge of online discriminatory abuse, but it will demonstrate that the game is willing to take voluntary and proactive steps in this continued fight.

 

Finally, while football takes a stand, we urge the UK Government to ensure its Online Safety Bill will bring in strong legislation to make social media companies more accountable for what happens on their platforms, as discussed at the DCMS Online Abuse roundtable earlier this week.

 

Edleen John, The FA’s Director of International Relations, Corporate Affairs and Co-Partner for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, said:  “It’s simply unacceptable that people across English football and society more broadly continue to be subjected to discriminatory abuse online on a daily basis, with no real-world consequences for perpetrators. This needs to change quickly, and we continue to urge social media companies to act now to address this. We will not stop talking about this issue and will continue to work with government in ensuring that the Online Safety Bill gives sufficient regulatory and supervisory powers to Ofcom. Social media companies need to be held accountable if they continue to fall short of their moral and social responsibilities to address this endemic problem.

 

“We have recently seen how powerful it can be when everybody is united for the good of the English game. We are calling on organisations and individuals across the game to join us in a temporary boycott of these social media platforms, to show solidarity and unite in the message that English football will not tolerate discrimination in any form.”

 

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “Racist behaviour of any form is unacceptable and the appalling abuse we are seeing players receive on social media platforms cannot be allowed to continue.

 

“The Premier League and our clubs stand alongside football in staging this boycott to highlight the urgent need for social media companies to do more in eliminating racial hatred. We will not stop challenging social media companies and want to see significant improvements in their policies and processes to tackle online discriminatory abuse on their platforms.

 

“Football is a diverse sport, which brings together communities and cultures from all backgrounds and this diversity makes the competition stronger. No Room For Racism represents all the work we do to promote equality, diversity and inclusion and tackling discrimination.”

 

Trevor Birch, Chief Executive of the EFL said: “EFL clubs have expressed a clear desire to take a united stand against abhorrent racist, discriminatory, and threatening abuse on social media platforms which we fully support alongside the rest of the football family.  

 

“While we recognise the value and role social media plays in our game, online abuse will not be tolerated and we will continue to strongly pursue all avenues open to us to affect change.

 

“The boycott is only part of the work being undertaken in this area but further highlights the need for social media companies to take additional responsibility for the inappropriate and unwelcome behaviour that appears on their platforms.  

 

Simone Pound, Director of EDI at the PFA said: “Social media channels represent an extension of the working environment for professional footballers, and as the players’ union, we are committed to finding solutions that better protect our membership and the wider community from online abuse.

 

“As part of our work to address this issue, which started with the 24-hour #Enough boycott of social media channels, the PFA has been pushing for collaboration between the platforms, the game, the Government, police and CPS to find solutions and protect players from the abuse they face daily.

 

“In 2021, with a collective voice, we can hold social media companies to account and send a powerful message to a global audience – abusive behaviour is unacceptable.”

 

Sanjay Bhandari, Kick It Out Chair, said: “Social media is now sadly a regular vessel for toxic abuse. This boycott signifies our collective anger at the damage this causes to the people who play, watch and work in the game. By removing ourselves from the platforms, we are making a symbolic gesture to those with power. We need you to act. We need you to create change.

 

“We need social media companies to make their platforms a hostile environment for trolls rather than for the football family. We need the Government to hold its nerve and keep its promises to regulate. The Online Safety Bill could be a game changer and we aim to help make that happen. There should be no space for hate and everyone can play their part. If you watch, work in or love the game, join in.” 

 

Richard Bevan, Chief Executive at the LMA said: “The LMA fully supports the social media boycott across the professional game.   A unified silence will send a loud and powerful message to those that perpetrate online abuse that their actions will no longer be tolerated, and to the social media companies that they have a responsibility to do everything in their power to eradicate online hate. 

 

“We also urge Government to understand the significance of this collective action and to ensure that its Online Safety Bill delivers appropriately strong legislation.”

 

Kevin Miles, Chief Executive of the Football Supporters’ Association said: “The Football Supporters’ Association is fully behind the game’s efforts to stamp out online hate and discrimination and will join next weekend’s social media boycott. Much media attention has rightly focused on the vile abuse aimed at players, managers and journalists in the men’s and women’s game and we see that aimed at fans groups too. It has to stop.

 

“Many of our most active fan groups tell us that they have received disgusting abuse when they are doing nothing more than trying to represent their supporter base. It’s a threat to the very existence of supporter organisations who are run by volunteers in their spare time. As fans we stand with players, managers, referees and all in the game in calling for the social media companies to step up.”

CLUB NEWS | Beamback planned for Altrincham game

Yeovil Town are pleased to announce plans for our beamback afternoons to return to Huish Park in May. 

Once goverment restrictions allow, we will be streaming our away fixtures at Huish Park with plans set for our trip to Altrincham on the 22nd May. The ground will open at 12:30pm with food such as Hotdogs, Burgers, and Chips served. 

To book, please call: 07717007966

A moment to remember our captain

On Thursday afternoon, players, staff and the family of Lee Collins took a moment to remember our captain. 

Instead of holding a minutes silence on Saturday afternoon, the club opted to remember Lee together with a two minutes applause with flowers and his shirts laid in the centre circle. 

To watch the applause, the video is available above.

CLUB NEWS | Club Shop reopened

In line with the Government’s COVID-19 roadmap, we are delighted to reopen our Club Shop for visitors. 

Supporters can now visit the Club Shop at Huish Park to purchase all the latest Yeovil Town clothing, gifts and much more!

To keep everyone safe, supporters are reminded to wear a face mask when visiting Huish Park and remain at a safe social distance at all times. 

If you can’t make it to Huish Park, our online store remains open, linked HERE.

 

The opening hours are as follows:

Monday – Friday – 10am – 4pm

NATIONAL LEAGUE | Brian Barwick to step down as Chairman

The National League chairman Brian Barwick has notified the Board he will be stepping down from his position at the end of the 2020/21 season.

Barwick, 66, has enjoyed a long and distinguished career, spanning over 40 years, with senior roles in both major sports broadcasting organisations and high-profile sports governing bodies.

In December, the former Football Association chief executive was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List for services to sport and broadcasting.

The Chairman stated, “After careful consideration I formally told the National League Board in February that I intended to step down at the end of the 2020/21 season.

“I think it is the right time to relinquish the role – and give somebody else the great privilege of leading the organisation.

“Since 2015, I believe the competition has continued to grow in stature and profile, sent strong clubs up into the EFL and built up a formidable and loyal set of commercial and broadcast partnerships.

“Our 66 clubs remain the life-blood of our competition and a vital part of their local communities – and that’s what makes our League so special.

“I also acknowledge just how tough it has been for many of our clubs over the past twelve months facing the unprecedented challenges brought on by the Covid pandemic.

“In closing, I would like to thank my National League Board colleagues, the League’s executive, our commercial partners, the wider football family and, most importantly, our member clubs for their warm welcomes and support over the past six years.

“I will continue to commit myself to the well-being of the National League until the end of the season.

“And, of course, I wish my successor as Chair and everybody connected with the National League my very best wishes for a brilliant future.”

National League vice-chairman Jack Pearce said: “Brian’s appointment signified a change of direction by The National League in 2015 for the benefit of the competition.

“Whilst it would be easy to reflect on what has been a very challenging year for football, not only The National League, the progression of the competition over this six-year period has been greater than we could have expected.

“The Chairman has been influential in our long-term commercial partnerships with Vanarama and BT Sport, with the three-year extensions on enhanced terms this season providing security for member clubs. We have also seen an increased level of professionalism, both on and off the pitch at clubs, since Brian’s appointment.      

“Brian’s remarkable work ethic and trust in others have made him an invaluable colleague and a person I consider to be a wonderful friend.”

General Manager Mark Ives also added: “Brian has worked tirelessly for the benefit of the League and his vast experience across the game and the media has been a tremendous benefit to the League and its member clubs.

“I have had the privilege now of working with Brian on two separate occasions during my career, and his knowledge and determination has been exceptional.  We are all grateful for his support over the years.”

A message from the Manager

Nothing in life can prepare you for what has happened in the last week. The sadness that has consumed all of us at Huish Park has been overwhelming – each of us attempting to cope in our own different ways. In the depths of this darkness though I think is it important to acknowledge just how many people have messaged, called and paid their respects to the man we called captain. On behalf of all the players and the management team we cannot thank you enough. The support and love you have offered, once again, demonstrates the power of football and the family it creates.

The ground has been flooded with flowers, scarves, shirts and messages paying respects to Lee. Seeing this visible representation of our shared love for Lee grow day by day, has brought me great comfort. Huish Park is where I spent the majority of my time with Lee, and at the moment this is where I feel his sudden loss most intensely. But this is also where I’ll always feel closest to him. So, sharing this space with so many moving tributes from the fans helps all of us here feel slightly less alone in our grief and for that we are deeply grateful. 

In respect to Lee’s teammates, they are all dealing with his loss in their own individual way, and we will do all we can to support them through this immensely challenging time. One of Lee’s teammates recently described Lee as “our glue” and I take great comfort in thinking of him in that way. What better tribute could there be to our captain than that – through his immense skill as a leader he brought the changing room together and when necessary, kept it in line! Even now as we process his loss, we are united again through Lee with our fans and with his family. Once again, he is “our glue”. 

I would like to take the chance to thank the National League and all the clubs that have held a minute’s silence in Lee’s honour over the last week. It is obvious that Lee had a huge effect on everyone he came across and all the wonderful football clubs he represented. We are very grateful for the love and support.

As you would expect Lee’s wonderful family are rallying round each other and learning how to cope and move forward in their new reality. I would ask that we continue to respect their privacy at this difficult time and allow them the space they need. But I would like them to know that the YTFC family is and will be here for you whenever you need it. We take care of our own here and Lee was and will always be one of our own. 

Lastly, to Lee. I want to thank him for his unwavering trust and loyalty over the last 20 months. To say we were close is an understatement, he was and is ‘MY GUY’. I will remember his strength of character, his undeniable playing ability and his will to win. It will always make me smile when I reminisce about our times together behind the scenes at Huish Park and I know all those that shared a changing room with him will understand this sentiment and feel the same. He was one of a kind and I will miss him greatly.

Lee and I came here to win, to achieve and create the most wonderful lasting memories, and that is what we are going to do, with our #4 always by our side.

Gaffer

Rest in peace, Lee Collins

All at Yeovil Town Football Club are mourning the loss of club captain Lee Collins.  

Lee sadly passed away yesterday and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. 

We ask everyone to respect the family’s privacy at this time.

The club will make no further comment at this time.

Our game with Altrincham tomorrow has been postponed. 

VACANCY | Accounts Technician/Bookkeeper

Yeovil Town Football Club has an opening for an Accounts Technician/Bookkeeper.

This is a part time role with a requirement for 24 hours per week reporting to the club Chairman.  The person will be an experienced Accounts Assistant/Bookkeeper.

Successful applicants will have the following essential skills;

  • SAGE Accounts and payroll experience
  • Production of invoices
  • Managing creditor and debtor list
  • Preparation and submission of quarterly VAT returns
  • Cash Management
  • Production of basic management accounts
  • Budgeting and forecasting
  • The ability to work with governing bodies to submit necessary returns.

Other key skills and experiences we are looking for include:

  • MS Office experience
  • Excellent communication
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Able to work well in a small team
  • AAT Level 1 & 2 is deemed an advantage

Applicants should complete the attached application for send to recruitment@ytfc.net

The application form can be found here. 

HOSPITALITY | Carvery returns 23rd May

On Sunday 23rd May, Huish Park will host a carvery once again for the first time this year. 

Serving from 12pm to 3pm, bookings can now be made for our Sunday roast. The roast will offer a range of meats including Beef, Pork & Turkey alongside vegtables & all the trimmings.

Vegetarian and Vegan options are available, with range of Desserts also on offer.

Under government guidelines, the rule of 6 per table will apply, unless the table includes just two households then a larger group can be welcomed. Face Coverings will be required on entry to Huish Park, and all food and drink will be table service. 

Please book early to avoid disappointment. To book, please call 07717007966 to reserve you table.

Prices:

2 Meats £10.95

3 Meats £11.95

Under 10 yrs old £6.55

 

 

 

 

VACANCY | Chartered Physiotherapist

Yeovil Town FC are looking to recruit a self-motivated, committed, confident and knowledgeable individual to join Yeovil Town Football Club in the position of Physiotherapist to lead the Medical and Sports Science Department.

The position is a short-term contract, running until 31st May 2021.

To view the full job description click HERE. 

The application form for this role is available HERE. 

Please E-mail or post a copy of your CV and application form to the HR Department for the attention of

James Hillier: recruitment@ytfc.net

By post: Huish Park, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8YF 

 

CLUB NEWS | Yeovil Town supporters restore Ernest Hyman’s grave

In recent months, Yeovil Town supporters have been restoring the grave of former player Ernest Hyman.

In January 1927, Ernest sadly passed away from injuries he sustained during a fixture against Taunton.

As time progressed, Ernest’s grave had deteriorated, however once Yeovil Town supporters became aware of this, they got to work at restoring the former Town player’s grave.

Michael West, who has taken a leading role in the restoration commented: “The restoration came about after I did some research on the story and realised the tragic circumstances of his Ernest Hyman died.

“I think if ever the club logo ‘Achieve by unity’ was proven to be true it was in this project where Glovers fans came together for a player who gave his life for the club, we all love.”

To learn more about Ernest’s story as a Yeovil Town player, Michael has written a piece detailing how he gave his life to the club, linked HERE.

TRANSFER | Carl Dickinson to move into management for Hanley Town

Yeovil Town defender Carl Dickinson will be moving on to pastures new at the end of the season, becoming player-manager of Hanley Town.

Having made 91 appearances in green and white, many of those as captain, ‘Dicko’ will leave Huish Park a player that fans remember fondly for his passion and commitment. 

The move allows Dickinson to step into senior management for the first time in his career, in the city he calls home having played for both Stoke and Port Vale previously. 

Speaking on social media following the announcement, the full back said; “Excited for the future, but job to finish first with my team and get us finishing as high as possible!”

All at Yeovil Town would like to wish Carl Dickinson all the best in his new adventure. 

 

TRANSFER | Billy Sass-Davies loan extended

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the loan extension of Billy Sass-Davies from Crewe Alexandra. 

Since joining, Sass-Davies has made an immediate impact on the Town defence, winning five games and keeping two clean sheets in the process.

It isn’t just at the back where the Crewe loanee has made himself known, Sass-Davies netted his first National League goal in the green and whites victory over Barnet. 

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The Welsh youth international now signs for an extra month ahead of a busy period of games for the Glovers. 

All at Yeovil Town would like to wish Billy all the best during his extended stay in Somerset.

 

 

Rest in peace, Trevor Peacock

All at Yeovil Town are saddened by the death of Trevor Peacock.
 
Trevor was well known across the country for his role in the BBC Comedy the Vicar of Dibley.
 
A valued member of the Glovers fan base, Trevor warmed the hearts of everybody he crossed paths with. 
 
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time. 

Rest in peace, John Sercombe

Everybody at Yeovil Town Football Club is saddened to hear of the passing of John Sercombe. 

John was a well-known supporter with a lot of friends around Huish Park. His life-long affiliation with the football club began when his Grandfather captained the club, with his team photo hanging proudly at Huish Park. 

If those that knew John wish to support with flowers and donations the family have said; “For flowers, we have used Blooming Linda’s in Somerton, and we are advised that donations are to be invited for PCC of Somerton [that is the Parish Church committee].”

The thoughts of all at Yeovil Town F.C. are with John’s family and friends at this difficult time. 

CLUB NEWS | Trials arranged for Elite Player Development Programme in partnership with Yeovil College

Yeovil Town FC are pleased to confirm that another set of trials will be taking place for our Elite Player Development Programme. 

The programme which is jointly offered by Yeovil Town FC and Yeovil College is an exciting opportunity for Year 12 and 13 BTEC students to continue their full-time education within a professional football environment. 

The Football programme training is based at Huish Park with games across the South West, and studies based at Yeovil College offer BTEC Level 2 & 3 options, retakes of GCSEs and opportunities for additional coaching qualifications alongside the BTEC programme. For those exceeding in all areas, opportunities to train with our Under 18 Scholars and play in the EFL Youth Alliance league are also available.

All upcoming trials will take place with the latest social distancing measures enforced, ensuring all applicants and club staff are operating within a safe environment.

Our next set of trials will take place on the following dates:  

Tuesday the 6th of April at 14:00
 
Thursday the 8th of April at 14:00
 
Tuesday the 13th of April at 14:00
 
Thursday the 15th of April at 14:00
 

First team manager Darren Sarll has given the scheme his personal backing, commenting when the scheme was launched, “At 16 I got the biggest knock back of my life. Within days I agreed to partake in the very same scheme, and I found my calling and future trade, in coaching. 

“This scheme gave me the platform to qualify, train every day and practices my trade as a coach. I have overseen many of these programmes since and have ex-students who are now Physio’s, Head of Analysis, Heads of Coaching and most importantly players who all live in the EFL and Premier League. 

“These are wonderful programmes that I am looking to build at Yeovil Town FC to ensure we give focused, young, determined people the best possible chance to achieve their life goals. I want this football club in partnership with Yeovil College to be the hub of creating really positive futures for this community and Somerset area.” 

To book your place at upcoming trials please email:  info@ytfc.net 

CLUB STATEMENT | An update from Scott Priestnall

Dear Glover’s Fans,

It’s been a difficult time for everyone, for every industry, for every worker not being able to go to work and for our children not being able to go to school.  The pandemic has effected everyone and my heart goes out to all those that have lost loved ones.

It almost hasn’t felt right that Football has continued while there is still so much tragedy still in the world.  Hopefully our increased performances on the pitch of late and with it our new viewing platform has improved spirits.

I appreciate it was been since December that I last gave you a formal update, but a lot has been going off in the National League from funding issues to a league resolution voting on ending the season and public rows over grants versus loans.  A lot has had to be discussed and allowed to play out before I could give you the clubs position in all this.

I want to start by thanking my team in Huish Park who have had to juggle lockdown restrictions with their families at home, while keeping the football club operating and fulfilling our crowded fixture schedule.  The same goes for our management team and players who have numerous protocols to follow to ensure training and matches continue.  Their continued commitment to this football club is a credit to this community.

I will take this opportunity to announce that David Mills, Chief Operating Officer, has left the club.  David is an incredibly well-liked guy, with great integrity and I wish him well in the future.  David and his family will always be welcome at Huish Park and I know he’ll be cheering the team on when it is safe to get everyone back into the stadium.  I am pleased that David will remain as Chairman of Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust.

 

Alliance Meeting Notes

I want to apologise for the lateness in issuing the notes from the last Supporters Alliance meeting, it was delayed my end with the amount of work I’ve had since the start of the year, I will ensure this doesn’t happen in the future but unfortunately they’ve been further delayed by one of the supporters group finding discrepancies in the notes.

National League and Funding

The well documented league vote was concluded last week that saw the National League continue while North and South divisions came to an end.  It was certainly a difficult vote to be part of considering we have not received any funding since December and with our cash reserves now depleted, like many clubs, it became more of issue of survival rather than a desire to actually finish the season.  My view has always been to continue to the season, we are a football club, this is our job and we’re lucky we’ve had the luxury of being able to continue, albeit in a restricted capacity that is heavily regulated, however, we could only continue if we had a responsible funding line in place to continue.  I won’t go over the Loans versus Grants row that has featured heavily in the press, what I will say is that all clubs at our level have been hugely effected by the lack of clarity in funding when we restarted the season and now actually find ourselves in a worse financial position than if we hadn’t started the season.  To give you an idea the club this season is forecasted to lose over £1m in revenue as a result of the pandemic and supporters not being allowed in stadiums.  This is in comparison to the £285k received during October, November and December from Camelot in order to restart the season.

Make no mistake, no club at this level can survive a season without the revenues generated from supporters and commercial partners when supporters are in stadiums.  As a result we are now in a position where we have been offered a loan from Sport England, via support from the DCMS, to complete the season.  The club are currently exploring this offer with our legal team and hope to have a resolution in place by 1st March.  I am confident at this stage that an agreement will be satisfactory to both sides, but I should say, as sad as it is, should we not be able to finalise the loan, the club will not be able to complete this season.  Our players and staff would be placed on furlough.

 

Current On-Field performances

On a more promising note our performances and results on the pitch have improved over the last month or so and we now find ourselves just seven points off the playoffs, giving us the opportunity to fight for a playoff place.  I’m pleased with how our new additions to the squad have settled in and delighted with the balance we now have of young, ambitious players and experienced heads.

 

The Glover’s Trust Position

I have deliberately kept myself out of the very public way The Glover’s Trust have dealt with myself since invoking the ACV.  Contrary to what The Glover’s Trust may have you believe I did cooperate with them regularly before Christmas, both with the previous board and the new board; with John Oakes, Interim Vice Chairman, by phone once, Brendan Owens, Interim Chairman, by phone four times and then at a meeting with their new board on 21st December 2020.  I have also spoken to Brendan Owen twice since they invoked the ACV.

I will make no secret of my disappointment of their handling of the situation and their continued lack of respect towards myself.  I believe this relationship has become very one sided where The Glover’s Trust demand answers and information from myself, yet offer the football club very little in return, especially when you consider the hard work and support other groups from the Supporters Alliance offer the club.  As one of the Glover’s Trust board members confirmed at the last Alliance meeting, that at the meeting on 21st December 2020 the majority of the new Glover’s Trust board were in support of the SSDC deal.  I have found it incredible that between then and the 1st January, the board members felt that they were in a position to make such a drastic change in decision at short notice, effectively against the clubs wishes, without any substitute offer of financial support to the club, credible evidence towards their decision, clear and effective consultation with supporters, and without any consultation with myself since 21st December.  After publicly demanding a meeting with me, a meeting I should say I had already agreed I would accommodate before the public demand, I didn’t even get a phone call to discuss the lack of information they portrayed to have received or to inform me that they had made the decision to invoke the ACV, until an email was received from Brendan Owen on 2nd January where he sent me a copy of the letter triggering the ACV, without any explanation.

I like to think I had a good relationship with the previous chairman Stuart Burrell and the previous board, whom confirmed they would not have invoked the moratorium period, which was also confirmed to me by interim Chairman Brendan Owen, before the new board was appointed.

Contrary to The Glover’s Trust position on a lack of information provided, I have given the Glover’s Trust board actual lost revenue numbers this financial year due to the pandemic, our current creditor situation, monthly cash flow shortage as a result of the National League distribution of National Lottery funds and explained our cash requirement from January 2020 until the end of the season.  As you would never see a business divulge this kind of sensitive financial information or a football club to a supporters group for that matter, plus the reassurances I gave around directors loans, previous owners liabilities, having a leadership group in place to oversee the SSDC deal and development potential, having had meetings with SSDC directly, I fail to understand what information they were lacking, it still hasn’t been clarified to me as I write this. 

The Glover’s trust have constantly tried to use their status as nominee of the ACV right to bid to gain a seat on the football clubs board.  As I said at the meeting on 21st December 2020, I will not be strong armed into giving a seat on the board, unless that person or organisation brought commercial benefit to the football club. I did, however, agree to consider one or two members of the Supporter’s Alliance joining the board, by way of a voice for supporters, which potentially could be one of Glover’s Trust members.  This would be judged on its own merits and something I have discussed with Supporter’s Alliance Chairman Rich Rendell.

 

Glover’s Trust Questions

I did discuss The Glover’s Trust questions at the last Supporter Alliance meeting and I made The Glover’s Trust aware that supporters questions should be directed to the Supporters Alliance meetings as to include all groups and all supporters.  A forum is being organised at the next Alliance meeting so questions can be presented.

 

Land Update and Investors

As had been suggested by Glover’s Trust board members they would introduce potential investors to the football club.  None so far have been introduced.  Neither have they engaged with me further on their right to bid on the land at Huish Park since they invoked the ACV.  While they have until the end of May, they were fully aware of the clubs financial situation from January onwards, so I’m surprised they have chose to attempt to shame me on social media regarding questions, a lot of which they have previously asked and have answers to, rather than work with me, as is their Right To Bid, to safeguards the clubs future.

I have stated before that we have commercial offers for the land and therefore, other options to the SSDC deal. I have spent the time publicly, on social media and with supporters groups to put my view forward that this is what is best for the future of the football club.  I understand and appreciate some supporters will not share that view and not be happy with the strategy I put forward but unfortunately, I wasn’t going to please everyone.  The fact is we do now need to make a decision and move our land project forward.  While I have had many emails and messages of support, The Glover’s Trust stated they have received hundreds of letters against the proposed SSDC deal.  On such an important matter to the future of the football club, I have made myself accountable for my decision, we made the council meeting public, I spoke to the press and did Q and A’s with supporters.  I feel The Glover’s Trust should also be accountable for their decision and requested to see the letters.  I spoke with Brendan Owen directly by phone and at the last Supporters Alliance meeting was told I could receive them, I still await the letters and in a letter to Brendan Owen today have stated we will be prepared to work on ensuring we comply with data protection.

It’s disappointing that with all the good work that member groups of the Alliance do for our football club, that we have one group who rather than be part of the team and work together would rather breed negativity and attempt to create a divide between the club and its’ supporters.

I will not comment publicly again on The Glover’s Trust online activities to shame me and hope that as the spectacle it has become, is now concluded so I can focus my intentions on safeguarding the clubs financial future, working with Darren and Terry on our promotion push, and dealing with matters relating to the land.  I will continue to keep supporters updated as best I can over the coming months as well as supporters groups through the Supporters Alliance, of which The Glover’s Trust remain part of.

With regards to rumours of potential new investors, I have mentioned in the past I would always be open to discussions and there is an interested party.  This will be on the basis of investing equity into the club in return for shares.  Nothing has been finalised and I will keep you updated once I know more.  I will also confirm, although it has been incorrectly reported that I have been introduced to a potential takeover through Jed McCrory, Jed has introduced a potential investor who is known to some supporters, although I haven’t actually spoken with them yet or received evidence of funds.  For some reason, there are a few on social media that want to keep dragging Jed into takeover/ownership talks.  Jed is a friend who has offered to introduce a potential investor.  In these difficult times, all options have to be explored.  I have other friends in football who have offered assistance to the club in various ways and I’ve also been helping other clubs, as is the way it should be.  The football community is pretty small, and we are all working to get through this without any of us going out of business, nobody wants to see any club disappear because of this pandemic.

On land matters, we are still exploring the SSDC deal and have kept dialogue open with them.  We also have offers to sell the land when the moratorium period ends.  A decision will be made once the Sport England loan position is finalised as to our next step with regards a full planning application.  I will keep you updated as we get closer to an outcome.  Be assured I will discuss developments at Supporter Alliance meetings.  Also be assured that even with the ACV activated, I still want what is in the best long term interests of the football club and have been working hard to resolve our short term financial difficulties in order to give us the best possible future.  Obviously, as I’ve stressed, we’re in difficult times but you will be kept updated.

 

Personal Note

This is both a long and not completely positive update.  It is one of transparency.  When I took over the club it was something supporters yearned for, desired even.  To feel like they were part of their club again.  I have tried in all my communications to be open with you but it hasn’t always gone in my favour.  I get abuse for launching a Crowdfunder, at supporters request, which showed true supporters in their greatest light, then I get questions posed constantly about supporters buying shares or local business owners buying the club.  I have said for some time I would listen but no one has called.  Don’t also forget that there are some 300 shareholders in Yeovil Town Holdings Ltd.

I may not be someone who lives or was raised in the area, I may not be the wealthiest football club owner, even at this level, but I believe I can make a difference to this club, I believe I already have, not only steering this club through the most difficult time in our economy since World War 2, and we still have a long way to go, but we have improved links to the community, given supporters a voice and put a team together on and off the pitch to make Yeovil Town Football Club competitive again.

I may not have been born a Yeovil Fan, I haven’t done all the highs and lows you’ve encountered over the years, I haven’t had the issue of where and when you can get a beer on match days, but I am a supporter now and I am working on solutions and improvements all the time to make this club better and that includes listening to you.  We changed the shirt, we’ve been dealing with the alcohol covenant, we improved the streaming, we built a new online shop.  Trust me, I listen to your criticisms and I want to improve your experiences. 

If you have an idea or concern or improvement use your supporters groups and get it brought up in the next forum.

I want this club to succeed and I will do everything in my power to make that happen, on and off the pitch.

Take care everyone, keep getting behind your team and help me and the team at Huish Park to make this club great again.

 

Stay Safe

Scott

Your Chairman

 

Rest in peace, Jimmy Quinn

Everybody at Yeovil Town is saddened to hear of the loss of Jimmy Quinn. 

Jimmy was the club’s resident comedian and a recognisable face to all around Huish Park.

During our 2013 League One play-off campaign, Jimmy recorded our official song with players and staff, which can be watched above. 

Outside of the football club, Jimmy was a well-known face all around the town and beyond, as an excellent stand-up comedian and compere. Jimmy previously hosted at events for the likes of George Best, Ian Botham and Geoff Hurst.

Terry Skiverton, who knew Jimmy well said; “I just wanted to write this message to talk about some of my fond memories of Jimmy. As long as I’ve been at the club Jimmy has been a massive part of it. 

“I’ll always have great memories after winning trophies and championships, Jimmy would be holding court, hosting the after parties and always being the life and soul of them. 

“Every time he ventured to Huish Park, Jimmy was taking the mickey out of all the players and staff, all-in good-natured fun and lifting the spirits of all around him.

“Jimmy is embedded into not just the football club, but the town itself, by all he is known as a family man who gave his life to putting a smile on the face of others, he will be truly missed by all.”  

Jimmy will be sorely missed by all those at Yeovil Town Football Club. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time. 

NATIONAL LEAGUE | Outcome of Written Resolutions

Earlier this month, The National League distributed four resolutions for Member Clubs to consider the outcome of the 2020/21 season.

Further information can be found here.

With relevant voting thresholds now met for each resolution, The National League can confirm the outcome of this process as follows.

 

Resolution One

In summary: Step One and Two to be split in deciding the outcome of 2020/21 Playing Season. As a Special Resolution, a voting percentage of 75% or higher was required to pass.

 

National League: (for) 21- (against) 0

National League North: 16-6

National League South: 9-12

 

Result: Passed

 

As a result, Resolution Four is disregarded.

 

 

Resolution Two (National League only)

 

In summary: The National League 2020/21 Playing Season (Step One) to be declared null and void. A minimum 51% majority was required for Resolution Two to pass.   

 

National League: 7-13

 

Result: Not Passed

As a result, the National League National Division will continue to operate for the remainder of the season

 

Resolution Three (National League North and South only)

 

In summary: The National League North and South 2020/21 Playing Season (Step Two) to be declared null and void. A minimum 51% majority was required for Resolution Three to pass.  

 

National League North: 15-7

National League South: 9-12

 

Result: Passed

Resolution is passed and consequently the season at Step Two is null and void.

 

Note – There are 2 votes from the National Division that have not yet been cast, however, the outcome of the resolutions cannot be affected by these votes, however they are cast.

 

With the voting procedure now closed, National League North and South fixtures will cease with immediate effect.

 

The Board will take the resolution outcome to The Football Association for ratification. This will include dialogue regarding promotion and relegation.

SIGNING | Billy Sass-Davies boosts defensive options

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the loan signing of defender Billy Sass-Davies from Crewe Alexandra on a short term basis. 

With numbers reduced at the back, Sass-Davies boosts the options that Darren Sarll has to choose from within his rearguard. 

At just 20-years-old, the defender has already enjoyed his fair share of mens football, making his professional debut against the Glovers in April 2019. 

The Wales U19 defender is familiar with the non-league circuit too, having already enjoyed seven loan spells with six clubs throughout the pyramid, most recently with fellow National League side Altrincham in late 2020.

Sass-Davies played just six times during this loan spell as he was recalled by Crewe following several injuries at his parent club.  

The young central defender will now be looking to get some more first team minutes under his belt, starting with the Glovers’ trip to Eastleigh. 

Everybody at Yeovil Town would like to wish Billy a warm welcome to Somerset and hope he enjoys his spell here. 

CLUB NEWS | Albi Skendi wins National League Player of the Month

Yeovil Town’s dynamic midfielder Albi Skendi has won the National League’s player of the month award for January. 

A key component of Yeovil Town’s return to form, Skendi scored three goals in the Glovers’ four games in January for a strong start to 2021. 

Despite defeat, the towering Albanian put in a performance to remember against Maidenhead United, scoring twice on a cold night at York Road. 

However, for all Yeovil fans, the goal that will be remembered most fondly is his thunderous strike against Weymouth in the derby. It wasn’t just his goal that stood out that evening either, Albi was instrumental to all of Yeovil’s attacks that evening, with the green and whites comfortably winning the derby 3-0.

All at the club would like to congratulate Albi on his well deserved award! 

NATIONAL LEAGUE STATEMENT | Written Resolutions

The National League has distributed resolutions this evening for Member Clubs to consider the outcome of the 2020/21 season.

The resolutions are formed of four parts: one Special Resolution and three Ordinary Resolutions based on the outcome of the first. A Special Resolution requires a 75% majority to be passed, whereas an Ordinary Resolution requires a more than 50% majority. Resolution 1 and 4 votes will be counted under prescribed voting conditions. Resolution 2 and 3 will be counted with one vote per Member Club.   

Should Resolution 1 pass, Resolution 2 and 3 will be counted, with Resolution 4 disregarded. Should Resolution 1 be voted against, Resolution 4 will be counted, with Resolution 2 and 3 votes disregarded.

Under the National League’s Articles of Association, Member Clubs have 28 days to return voting submissions.

The resolutions are as follows:

Resolution 1 (All Clubs)

That Resolution 2 about whether to end the 2020/21 Playing Season of The National League (Step 1) be taken only by Clubs in the National League and that Resolution 3 about whether to end the 2020/21 Playing Season of the National League North and the National League South (Step 2) be taken only by Clubs that play in the National League North or the National League South with votes cast for Resolution 3 being counted on a one member, one vote basis for National League North and National League South Clubs.

Resolution 2 (National League Only)

That, conditional upon Resolution 1 being passed, the 2020/21 Playing Season of the National League (Step 1) shall immediately end on the date this Resolution 2 is passed and be declared null and void and subject to the approval of The Football Association, those Regulations that provide for promotion and relegation to and from Step 1 be suspended for the 2020/21 Playing Season.

Resolution 3 (National League North and South Only)

That, conditional upon Resolution 1 being passed, the 2020/21 Playing Season of the National League North and the National League South (Step 2) shall immediately end on the date this Resolution 3 is passed and be declared null and void and subject to the approval of The Football Association those Regulations that provide for promotion and relegation to and from Step 2 be suspended for the 2020/21 Playing Season.

Resolution 4 (All Clubs)

That, conditional upon Resolution 1 being passed, the 2020/21 Playing Season of the National League North and the National League South (Step 2) shall immediately end on the date this Resolution 3 is passed and be declared null and void and subject to the approval of The Football Association those Regulations that provide for promotion and relegation to and from Step 2 be suspended for the 2020/21 Playing Season.

STATEMENT | Scott Priestnall issues an open letter to supporters

Yeovil Town chairman Scott Priestnall has issued an open letter to supporters.

Dear Glovers Fans,

As you may be aware there is a resolution being sent to all clubs to vote on the whether to end the season or not.  Many clubs will be feeling financial hardship at this current time, due to not receiving any central funding income or grants for January.  It is my belief that clubs should hold off voting at this time to allow a new PR campaign, that has been sanctioned by the National League board, to take effect.  This campaign includes interviews with BBC, ITV, The Times, Daily Telegraph, Associated Press, Press Association and others to be shortly confirmed.  The message is simple…

1 – Loans endanger our leagues.  Grants are required.

2 – Moving the goal posts at this stage of our season with contractual obligations in place is catastrophic for the game at our level.

3 – Taking loans just delays the pain and financial difficulty down the road.  Plus some clubs can’t take loans as part of their corporate structure.  Therefore, it is not a solution that fits all.

4 – Denying grants would be devastating to local communities who not only utilise our facilities but offer a real community hub and has the capability to improve peoples’ mental health in these difficult times.

Let me make my personal position clear.  We are not looking for a hand out from the tax payer.  The proposed grants will cost less than the potential cost to the public purse if our game is ended for the season and our players and staff are furloughed.

Ourselves at Yeovil Town FC are extremely grateful for the government COVID support grant of £10m for 66 clubs in October, which enabled our clubs to start the league season and continue to play a valuable role in the heart of the community, especially when so many local people are suffering due to the pandemic.  This essential grant was life-support funding as we battled the impact of Coronavirus with the loss of fans attending matches.  Quite simply without fans and the revenue they bring each week, we could not exist.

Throughout the entire process the offer of government support was framed as a COVID response grant and in no written or verbal communication were the terms of the extended period amended to become loans, loans simply don’t work and as part of discussions with National League clubs, 82% voted against taking on loans.

National League clubs are different to the vast majority of the domestic sports ecosystem that would have access to the Sport Winter Survival Package.  I can’t think of another sport where clubs are professional at level 5 or 6. Most low league/amateur sports clubs charge their members and players to play. National League clubs have a wage bill and we pay our players and staff from the revenue we generate.  This is an important distinction from other sports and clubs.

Should the league vote to close the current season, the players and club staff would be placed on the government furlough scheme. It has been calculated for National League clubs for the three months January to March 2021 would be a £14m cost to the public purse: £3m MORE than an appropriate grant. Plus clubs would still need to access Sport England loans to cover operating costs for the remainder of the season. 

We welcome the support of the Leader of Opposition, Sir Keir Starmer, and the Shadow Sports Minister, Alison McGovern, who attended meetings with the National League clubs: “Labour is clear: no community should lose a much-loved football club because of Covid” [Sir Keir Starmer, via Twitter – January 29th 2021]

Sports Minister Nigel Huddlestone has said: “If clubs… can demonstrate it needs grant funding urgently to survive, we will ensure that option is available. We will not let clubs go to the wall.” [via Sky Sports – January 27th 2021: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11095/12202150/national-league-17-clubs-group-together-to-call-for-season-to-be-curtailed-unless-covid-funding-is-found]

The National League throughout this has been in open dialogue with the government on a long-term, sustainable plan that ensures the viability and longevity of the National League and I urge Mr Huddlestone to fulfil his promise as our clubs can only survive on grants – not loans, and he now risks many club going to the wall this month if help is not received.

I ask our community and supporters to get behind the new petition.  Please sign it and spread across social media.  This is about 66 community clubs working together.

Part of the National League campaign includes establishing an online petition on Change.org. The link for this online petition can be found below.

Link: http://chng.it/9xsdbMMyBc

The effect that this pandemic has had on all our 66 community clubs is immeasurable and we’re now only asking the government to extend the support that they originally offered. 

My best regards to you and your families in these most difficult times.

Remain Safe.

Scott Priestnall

Chairman

SIGNING | Max Hunt signs permanently for Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the signing of Max Hunt on a permanent deal from Carlisle United on undisclosed terms.

After a successful short spell on loan, the towering central defender now signs until the end of the 2021/22 season.

During his loan stay, Hunt played four times for the club, winning on three occasions, and keeping two clean sheets alongside Luke Wilkinson at centre back.

Looking back on his career so far, the six-foot-six centre half graduated from the Derby County academy but failed to make a first team appearance for the Rams.

However, Hunt would gain experience in men’s football, with loan spells at Belper Town and eventually Aldershot Town in the National League last season, where he made 22 appearances, scoring once against Yeovil at the EBB Stadium.

Following his first taste of National League football, the Chesterfield born defender moved northbound to Carlisle in the summer but after making six appearances in League Two this season, the defender ventured to Somerset on loan, and now signs permanently for the green and whites.

Town manager Darren Sarll has been vocal about his desire to improve the defence and speaking to BBC Somerset on the addition he said: “The defence has been a real problematic area for us. Max, since his debut where he had a really tough time away at Torquay, has been outstanding.

“Carlisle were wonderful to deal with, Dave Holdsworth and Chris Beech were fantastic with us.

“I see a real future for Max, I don’t think we’ve seen the true extent of the young man’s potential. It was a really easy deal for us to get over the line.

“Max was desperate and keen to play for Yeovil, he loves it here. I think it’s a really good signing, as it’s another one who’s not just with us this year, he’s here next year too which gives us time to develop him, so it’s a really fantastic deal for us.”

 

CLUB NEWS | Terry Skiverton to take charge of Maidenhead clash

Yeovil Town assistant manager Terry Skiverton will be managing the team in tonight’s game against Maidenhead United.

Following Darren Sarll’s positive test which meant the club went into isolation, the gaffer will be at home with his family this evening due to another positive test in his household.

Speaking to BBC Somerset on Tuesday afternoon, Sarll said: 

“I won’t be at the game (against Maidenhead), my wife has unfortunately picked it up as well. I’ve got a duty to my kids to look after them whilst she’s recovering. 

“I’ll still be watching and connected to Terry in the dugout over the phone, so hopefully I’ll be able to have some sort of impact.

“They’re all more than capable of getting through a game without me there. Terry has over 150 games as manager in League One so I’m sure he can do a National League game on his own without me bombarding his eardrums too often.”

Continuing, Sarll spoke about the impact COVID had on him and reiterated the importance of doing all you can to stay safe in these tough times. 

“I’ve got to say, and I don’t want to sound like I’m going over the top here, but it was probably the worst seven days of my life.

“It really hit me quite hard, it’s not been a very nice time at all, but I do feel a lot better now.

“I do still feel tired and aching a lot, and I’m sure people who have had it will empathise, but the worst has left me. I’m just kind of in that after effects stage now, but it’s not very nice.

“Anybody who can hear this, any precautions you can take, please do so for yourself and your family, because I didn’t have a particularly good time with it.”

 

  

SIGNING | Michael Kelly signs on loan

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the loan signing of Michael Kelly from Bristol Rovers.

The 23-year old left-back signs in Somerset until the end of the 2020/21 National League season. 

Born in Scotland, Kelly played for Aberdeen’s academy before moving south of the border to represent Leicester City, but later departed the Foxes in 2016. 

A short spell back in Scotland followed as Kelly represented Hurlford United. 

After a successful trial period, Kelly signed for Bristol Rovers in 2017, and has made 46 appearances in all competitions for the Gas. 

This will be Kelly’s second spell in the National League system, having previously enjoyed a short spell on loan at Bath City in 2017/18.

Everybody at Yeovil Town is delighted to welcome Michael to the club and wish him all the best during his spell in Somerset. 

NATIONAL LEAGUE STATEMENT | Two-Week Suspension to National League North and South Season

The National League has issued the following statement as the North/South divisions are now suspended.

Following the review of the feedback from Clubs in connection to the recent Clubs meeting, a Board meeting this morning decided to halt the participation in the North/South Divisions for a two-week period, effective immediately.

As a result, tomorrow’s games are formally postponed. National League fixtures will continue to be fulfilled. 

NATIONAL LEAGUE STATEMENT | Winter Rescue Package

The National League has held meetings with Member Clubs today to discuss further information regarding the Government’s Winter Survival Package.

A presentation was given to Member Clubs at today’s meetings to assess various options. The National League wishes to place on record its gratitude for the approach of Member Clubs at each meeting.

Interim General Manager of The National League, Mark Ives, has requested each Member Club to provide views on three points:

  1.  The operation of a Club Loan process.
  2.  The operation of a National League Loan.
  3.  A suspension to The National League 2020/21 season.

The purpose of feedback is to assist the Board in understanding views of all 66 Clubs. The Board will be meeting before the end of the week.

TRANSFER | Courtney Duffus departs Huish Park

Yeovil Town can confirm the sale of Courtney Duffus for an undisclosed fee. 

The 25-year old forward made 63 appearances in green and white, scoring 21 times. 

Commenting Scott Priestnall said: “Reuben Reid was our top target this season and with a wealth of experienced strikers at the club it was clear one had to go out.

“With Courtney’s contract expiring in the summer, his agent made it clear to me he would not sign a new deal in the summer and expressed his desire to leave in this window. After entertaining bids over the last few days we got the best deal for the club.”

Everybody at the club would like to thank Courtney for his service and wish him all the best in the future.

SIGNING | Alex Bradley signs permanently in Somerset

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce the signing of Alex Bradley on a permanent deal. 

Signing an 18-month contract, Bradley makes his stay in Somerset permanent after his loan spell from Lincoln City expired earlier this month.

The versatile full-back made his debut for Town in the dramatic FA Cup victory over Bromley in early November, but an injury issue meant he missed some minutes early on in his loan spell. 

Bradley’s return to the side has coincided with Town’s up-turn in form, starring in victories over Torquay United and fierce rivals Weymouth. 

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Looking back on his career so far, Bradley is graduate of the West Bromwich Albion academy, but moved on from the Midlands club in 2019, signing for the Imps in the summer transfer window, following loan spells at Havant & Waterlooville & Burton Albion. 

Despite being born in Worcester, our latest addition has youth international experience with Finland, playing in the 2018 UEFA U19 Championships for his Mother’s birth nation.

The right sided defender already has National League promotion pedigree under his belt, having made 23 appearances for Harrogate Town last season as the Sulphurites won the delayed National League play-offs.

Speaking to ytfc.net after signing, our latest addition said; “It feels great to have signed here permanently and to finally be settled. It’s a great club with big history and has very good management, squad and fans. I am very pleased to be a Yeovil player. 

“My ambitions for the rest of the season are to play as many games as I can to the best of my ability and to help the team achieve what we are all capable of.

“To reach the play off spots is doable and it’s up to us as a squad to make that happen. I hope we can have a very successful remainder of the campaign and get this club back to where it belongs.”

Everybody at Yeovil Town is delighted to welcome Alex back to the club and wish him all the best during his time here. 

SIGNING | Neufville signs for the season

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the signing of Joshua Neufville on loan from Luton Town until the end of the season.

Following a successful month long spell through December and early January, Neufville returns after making a lasting impact in his short time at Huish Park. 

Neufville has found his scoring touch in Somerset, scoring his first two professional goals in his first two starts for the club against Torquay and fierce rivals Weymouth, which became the first goal scored in a fixture between the two clubs in over 20 years.

It’s not just goals Neufville has contributed either, his quick feet have caused nightmares for defenders across the National League, most notably winning the free-kick which led to Town’s second goal against Aldershot Town.   

Now extending until the end of the season, the pacy forward will be looking to pick up where he left off, starting with Tuesday’s trip to Barnet. 

Everybody at Yeovil Town is delighted to welcome Josh back to Huish Park and wish him all the best during his time here. 

 

CLUB NEWS | Brand new streaming production

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce our brand new streaming production.

With the technical support of Outspoken Projects, fans can now expect a much improved service for all of our upcoming home fixtures.

We’ve taken onboard your feedback from previous fixtures, and with the government guidance of an extended period of behind closed doors fixtures, we as a club have invested considerably into our current service to give you, the fans, the feeling of being closer to the action and feeling part of our future match days. In light of this, from the Notts County clash at Huish Park, fans can expect:

Pre/Post Match content e.g. exclusive interviews, match preview content and much more!
Extra camera angle, to get up close and personal with the action from the comfort of your own home.
Live action replays, to ensure you don’t miss any of the action.
Fantastic commercial opportunities to advertise your business pre-match, during the match and post match.
Opportunities for everyone to get involved should you wish to promote family birthdays or special occasions during the live stream.

The best way to highlight our improvements is to show you! The above video showcases the step up that our live broadcast will make, with the team at Outspoken providing some test shots from our match against Torquay United earlier this month.

All tickets purchased, whether that be a season pass or an exchanged season ticket remain valid for our new streaming production. We ask all our fans to sample this for themselves to see the improvements that have been made and hope everyone will continue to support this service until a time when we can all safely return to Huish Park and support Darren and the team.

Everybody at Yeovil Town is looking forward to showing you our brand new and improved production later this month.

SIGNING | Reuben Reid returns to Huish Park

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the signing of Reuben Reid until the end of the season.

Signing for his second stint in Green & White, Reid was part of the 12/13 League One play-off winning squad, netting six times in all competitions that season before a loan spell to Plymouth. 

Spending the majority of his career in the South West, the 32-year old forward has enjoyed stints at Plymouth, Forest Green Rovers, Torquay United, Exeter and most recently Cheltenham Town.

Now stepping into the National League for the second time in his career, Reid will be hoping for more success in the South-West. 

Everyone at Yeovil Town would like to wish a warm welcome to Rueben and wish him all the best during his second spell in Somerset.

CLUB NEWS | Reduced opening hours

Huish Park will be operating reduced opening hours from next week due to Tier 4 restrictions. 

The Club Shop will be open for deliveries and click and collect orders only, and will only operate on a Tuesday and Thursday (10-4pm). Deliveries will also only be sent on Tuesday and Thursday due to the club operating with reduced staff. 

However, club’s phone lines will remain operational throughout the week, all enquires must be made by the phone lines or by contacting the club via email. The club reception will not be open for supporters to visit at this time. 

All at Yeovil Town look forward to welcoming you back to Huish Park when it is safe to do so.

SIGNING | Max Hunt signs on loan

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce the loan signing of central defender Max Hunt on a one-month deal.

Standing at six foot, six inches inches tall, the towering Carlisle United loanee signs to bolster the backline ahead of the busy Christmas schedule.

A Derby County academy graduate, Hunt has experience at National League levels, enjoying a stint on loan at Aldershot Town in 2019, making 21 league appearances.

Following his first taste of mens football, the Chesterfield born defender moved northbound to Carlisle in the summer and after already making six appearances in League Two this season, now signs for the short term in Somerset with the look to gain more first team experience.

Looking to make an instant impact, Max will be available for this afternoon’s clash with Torquay United.

Everyone at Yeovil Town wishes Max a warm welcome to the club and hope he enjoys his time at Huish Park.

 

GAME ON | Torquay United – Yeovil Town

Following two Yeovil Town players showing symptoms of COVID-19, we can now confirm that these tests were returned to the club as negative. 

This means that Saturday’s Boxing Day trip to Torquay United and the fixtures following will now go ahead as planned. 

Streaming passes for Saturday’s match can be purchased from HERE.

STATEMENT | Yeovil placed under tier three restrictions

Following the recent Government announcement that Somerset will be placed under tier 3 restrictions, Yeovil Town will continue to play home fixtures behind closed doors. 

Unfortunately, this means we will be unable to welcome the Green Army back to Huish Park for our fixtures against Aldershot Town and Torquay United.

If you have bought tickets for any of these fixtures, including the previously postponed Notts County fixture, the value will be credited to your ticketing account for any future purchases. If supporters do require a refund, we will be able to process these when staff are back in Huish Park after Christmas.

Yeovil Town would like to wish supporters a Merry Christmas and look forward to welcoming you back to Huish Park when it’s safe to do so. 

GAME OFF | Rearranged Boreham Wood tie

Yeovil Town can confirm that in line with COVID-19 safety procedures, tonight’s game against Boreham Wood has been cancelled. 

Following two individuals showing symptoms of COVID-19 yesterday, they have been tested but the club have not received the results in time to fulfil this fixture.

Unfortunately, as we will not be able to fulfil the fixture, Yeovil Town will be removed from the competition.