Category: Club News

VACANCY | Hospitality assistants

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

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

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

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

What we need from you:

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

General Information

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

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

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

VACANCY | Match Day Stewards

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

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

Main Duties   

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

Key Competencies

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

General Information

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

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

CLUB NEWS | Charlie Wakefield signs for 22/23

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CLUB NEWS | 2021/22 EPDP round-up

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Benjani Jr warms up during SPC game against Cheddar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CLUB NEWS | Marcus Stewart joins as head of player development

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

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

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

Stewart in his playing days for the Glovers

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

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

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

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

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

Welcome back, Marcus.

CLUB NEWS | Chris Todd appointed assistant manager

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Welcome to Somerset, Chris.

CLUB NEWS | Rest in peace, Patrick Billett

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

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

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

CONTRACT | Matt Worthington extends his stay

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONTRACT | Max Evans extends his stay in Somerset

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’s great to have you with us, Max!

CLUB NEWS | Released/retained list

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

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

Players released :

Reuben Reid 

Mark Little 

Adi Yussuf 

Alex Bradley 

Jordan Barnett

Remaining under contract or contract extension triggered:

Tom Knowles 

Grant Smith 

Max Evans 

Morgan Williams 

Max Hunt 

Offered and accepted:

Josh Staunton 

Ollie Haste 

Toby Stephens 

Lawson D’Ath

Contracts have been offered to:

Matt Worthington 

Charlie Wakefield 

Dale Gorman (rejected and will be departing the club)

Returned to parent clubs:

Ben Barclay 

Sonny Blu Lo-Everton 

Josh Neufville

CONTRACT | Ollie Haste signs professional terms

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

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

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

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

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

Many congratulations, Ollie.

CONTRACT | Lawson D’Ath remains a Glover

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great to have you with us, Lawson!

CLUB NEWS | Hargreaves meets Memory Lane café group

Yeovil Town manager Chris Hargreaves has this week met with our memory lane café group.

The group consists of dementia patients and their carers, who come into Huish Park and engage in activities with club staff.

This week, first team manager Hargreaves joined the group as they toured the facilities at Huish Park.

Commenting commercial manager, Mark Robinson added; “The group offers an amazing opportunity for the Club to help lighten the strain for those living with dementia.

“Those two hours every fortnight firstly give the individual something to look forward too, but it also gives carers the opportunity to find a support network and time to relax.

“It’s amazing to see everyone brighten up and engage with the staff and Chris.”

We would like to thank Julie Woan and all at the Alzheimers Society South West for their support across the café group.

FIXTURE NEWS | Two further friendlies confirmed

Yeovil Town have added two friendlies to our pre-season schedule with trips to Dorchester Town & Weston-Super-Mare on the horizon.

The Glovers will firstly travel to Dorchester on Tuesday 26th July for a 7pm kick-off at the Avenue Stadium.

Then on Saturday 30th July, Chris Hargreaves’ will face a trip to the seaside to face Weston-Super-Mare at the Optima Stadium (3pm KO).

Ticket details for these fixtures will be confirmed in due course.

Updated schedule:

Taunton Town – Cygnet Health Stadium – 12th July – 7:45pm

Exeter City – Huish Park – 16th July – 3pm

Plymouth Argyle – Huish Park – 23rd July – 3pm

Dorchester Town- Avenue Stadium – 26th July – 7pm

Weston-Super-Mare – Optima Stadium – 30th July – 3pm

CLUB NEWS | Stuart Robins appointed to the Yeovil Town board

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce the appointment of life-long supporter and businessman Stuart Robins to the Club’s board.  

With a strong background in business, specifically Telecommunications, Robins arrives as the first appointment of a new board of directors at Huish Park.  

Born in Yeovil, Robins was educated at Bucklers Mead Secondary Modern School and worked for Post Office Telecommunications (now BT) after leaving school.  

Following this, he worked for various Telecom Companies in Australia from 1980 through to 1992. His final role in Australia was as Managing Director of a joint venture between a UK company called Systems Reliability and Telecom Australia, and following a merger, returned to the UK in 1992 with Systems Reliability.  

Systems Reliability was then acquired by a publicly listed Canadian company, TSB International in 1995 and was transferred to Toronto, Canada, this was where Robins was appointed President & CEO. In 1999, Robins returned to the UK and two years later executed a management buyout with his business partner of what was the European arm of TSB International.  

This business was rebranded to the Nu Holdings Group, and soon became the largest European Distributor of IT products from a major US Technology Corporation. In 2019, Nu Holdings was successfully divested to a Texas based competitor. 

A true Glovers fan at heart, our new Director started watching Yeovil at the age of 10 when taken by his parents to the old Huish. He comes from a long line family of Yeovil fans, and these include Gerry Lock, the former Yeovil Town chairman who was Robins’ uncle. 

At age 16, Robins trained with Yeovil Town for 12 months, to try and develop a football career under the late Stan Harland; unfortunately, unable to make the playing grade at the club, he continued to play on semi-professionally for Ilminster Town and then for various clubs in Australia, but never lost passion for Yeovil Town.  

While in Australia, his mother would send press cuttings from the Western Gazette every week so that he never lost touch with the Glovers.  

Speaking after his appointment was confirmed, Robins said; “I am incredibly proud and honoured to be given this opportunity to help further develop Yeovil Town for all our supporters.  

“I have been a regular attendee of games both home and away since returning from Canada in 1999 and season ticket holder over the last 15 years.  

“I have significant experience in growing and developing successful businesses in both the private and public sector, both at home and overseas and I want to use that experience to help provide the resources necessary for Chris Hargreaves to return us to the Football League as soon as we can, and in a sustainable way.  

“I have a lot to learn about the football business and I’m really looking forward to doing that and working with everyone at Huish Park.” 

Chairman Scott Priestnall added, “Bringing Stuart into the club can only be a positive move for us. Not only is he a lifelong supporter of the club, but he brings with him a wealth of business experience.  

“When I said I wanted to formulate a board that could bring about a shared vision for the club’s future, I could not have wished for any one more passionate and dedicated to see the club succeed as Stuart.  

“Stuart becomes both a director and shareholder of the football club”. 

Welcome to the club, Stuart.  

CONTRACT | Tom Knowles contract trigger exercised

Yeovil Town can confirm that Tom Knowles will remain at the Club for the 2022/23 season after having his contract extension trigger exercised.

Since his arrival in November 2020, the winger has become a fan favourite amongst Glovers fans, netting 18 times in 82 games across all competitions.

Last season saw Knowles hit double figures for the first time in his professional career, scoring on 11 occasions and finishing as the Club’s top scorer.

His performances in-front of goal and all-round exciting play earned the 23-year-old the Yeovil Town player of the season award.

Knowles now joins Grant Smith, Josh Staunton, Max Hunt, Morgan Williams & Toby Stephens who remain under contract with the Club next season.

Great to have you with us, Tom!

CONTRACT | Max Hunt remains a Glover

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm that Max Hunt remains a Glover for the 22/23 season.

The central defender, who signed from Carlisle United in January 2021 after an initial loan spell, has made 52 appearances across all competitions for the Glovers.

This past season, Hunt has become a mainstay in the Yeovil Town defence, and recently produced a man of the match performance against league champions Stockport County in his first game back after returning from injury.

Despite the aforementioned injury side-lining Hunt for a number of months, he still made 33 appearances for Town, as the Glovers boasted the fifth best defensive record in the National League.

Hunt now bolsters Yeovil’s contracted defensive unit of Grant Smith, Morgan Williams & Josh Staunton. 

It’s great to have you with us, Hunty!

CONTRACT | Grant Smith contract triggered

Yeovil Town can announce that Grant Smith has had his contract extension triggered, meaning he will be at Huish Park for the 22/23 season.

Smith has been the Glovers’ no.1 since his arrival in the summer of 2021 and was part of the defence that conceded just 46 goals last season, the fifth best in the National League.

In total, Smith played 37 league games last season and kept 13 clean sheets in the National League, with another two coming in the FA Cup against League Two side Stevenage and Yate Town.

Commenting after confirmation, the shotstopper said; :“I’m delighted to be on board for another year, I’m really looking forward to the season ahead and hopefully we can improve on last season.

Personally, I think I have done well since I arrived, but I feel there’s definitely a lot more to come from me next season!

“The conversations with Chris Hargreaves have been really positive, I’m really looking forward to working with him next season.”

It’s great to have you on board, Grant!

CONTRACT | Toby Stephens contract trigger exercised

Yeovil Town youngster Toby Stephens has had his contract extension triggered for the 22/23 season.

Stephens, who spent much of last season out on loan, firstly with Hemel Hempstead and then Barnstaple Town, is a graduate of the Yeovil Town academy.

In total, Stephens has made six league appearances for the Glovers and featured heavily in the County Cup side which went on to win the Somerset Premier Cup.

Stephens also made an appearance for Town in the FA Cup last season, starring against Yate Town in a 5-0 victory.

The youngster, who is still only eighteen, will be hoping to kick-on next season and get some more valuable first team minutes.

See you soon, Toby!

CLUB NEWS | Final EPDP taster session of the academic year

Yeovil Town will be hosting our final EPDP taster session on Tuesday 31st May, at 7pm – 9pm.

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. 

Recent successes have seen players such as Ollie Haste start for the England College side, along with appearances in the Yeovil Town first team squad, making his National League debut against Altrincham. We have more exciting news about Ollie coming soon!

A number of current EPDP players have also starred in Yeovil Town’s Somerset Premier Cup win, with then interim manager Charlie Lee full of praise for the youngsters, describing their performances as ‘superb’.

The programme has also won the local college league and helped South West colleges win the National Cup in Nottingham.

This course is not just for those looking for routes into playing professionally, the course opens doors across the football industry, with the course helping those looking to go into sports science, physiotherapy and coaching at University and beyond.

This taster session will take place 31st May, starting at 7pm and ending at 9pm at the Huish Park 3G pitch and is open to all existing Year 10 and 11 students.

Click HERE to register your interest.

CLUB NEWS | Josh Staunton extends his stay at Huish Park

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm that Josh Staunton has extended his contract at the Club.

Signing a two-year deal, the midfielder is the first player to re-sign following the arrival of new manager Chris Hargreaves.

Staunton, who had his first season in Somerset majorly disrupted by injury, has bounced back excellently this term, making 33 appearances in the National League, and even managing the side on the last game of the season against Altrincham.

The 26 year-old also netted a memorable first time effort in the Glovers’ 2-0 away win against Wrexham in November 2021.

His commitment and determination has endeared himself to the Huish Park faithful, becoming a real fan favourite amongst the terraces.

Commenting after his signature was secured, Staunton said, “I’m delighted that it’s confirmed that I’m staying here.

“I came here to start something, unfortunately we haven’t done it in the last two years, but I’m excited to continue being part of the journey.

A full interview with Josh is available on our YouTube channel, linked HERE.

Manager Hargreaves also added, “I’m delighted that Josh has committed his future to the football club.

“Josh has established himself as a real leader during his spell here and shown great quality whilst on the pitch.

“I’m looking forward to working with him and send my congratulations to both him and his family.”

CLUB STATEMENT | Sale & lease back for stadium & land at Huish Park

After more than a year of discussions, South Somerset District Council and Yeovil Town FC have concluded a sale and lease back deal for the stadium and land at Huish Park. 

Yeovil Town Chairman, Scott Priestnall commented: “The deal provides valuable funds to the Club, in what has been a very difficult period financially and operationally. We utilised all government schemes available to us during the pandemic, but unfortunately those funds did not meet our ongoing cash requirement, never mind allow us to grow.  

“When I first came into the Club, I saw the opportunity to grow this already amazing Club into an organisation off the pitch that could provide revenues all week, not just on match days. While I had very positive conversations with local planning, developers and funding partners, the pandemic delayed our options to grow, at the same time causing huge financial difficulties to our ongoing operations.   

“There is and has always been a massive opportunity to develop the club’s infrastructure, but over the last 30 years the custodians of this Club have never been able to put a plan together that works for all related parties.   

“I believe, thanks to the hard work and vision of our MP, local councillors, and officers of SSDC, we are now in a position to not only sustain this Club financially but also move forward with a viable plan to grow our infrastructure off the pitch, to help with gaining future success on the pitch. 

“The funds will help pay for costs incurred during the pandemic such as deferred payments with some of our key partners and deferred salaries to our incredible staff and players who accepted a reduction in wages during lockdown when the Club could not operate.   

“I thank each and every one of them for their commitment and patience to allow us to get to where we are now. 

“SSDC have showed fantastic commitment to this football club and special thanks should be given for their understanding and patience over the last year while the Club explored all other possibilities for investment, including the potential takeover that has dominated the Club for the past nine months. 

“In addition, the funds will also allow us to engage contractors and consultants to put forward a planning application for the site as well as allowing us to sensibly invest in required maintenance work and our playing squad.  Fundamentally, it has also allowed us to negotiate and remove the well-publicised restrictive covenants held over the site since the football club made Huish Park its home. 

Moving Forward: 

“As I stated at my open discussion in the Alec Stock Lounge before the Stockport game and to the Supporters Alliance three weeks ago and again at a meeting on Wednesday, I have been talking to various individuals to form a new board for the upcoming season.  

“I am pleased to say that I will be announcing appointments over the next week or two. The new board will have a combination of specialist football operations, a voice for supporters and a wealth of experience in business, that will come together and help shape the future of Yeovil Town. 

“Our new first team manager, Chris Hargreaves, has also been announced and is in discussion with members of our existing squad, as well as potential targets, while his backroom staff will be announced over the coming weeks. 

“I do appreciate that it has been a frustrating time for supporters this season with so much uncertainty. I acknowledge that mistakes have been made.  

“My aim for the upcoming season is that as supporters you have clarity on our plans. That starts with the manager, then with player signings and his backroom staff. Then over the next year you see progress and see sight of our long-term vision for Huish Park. 

“It has been a difficult time for everyone involved in the Club, there is no doubt about that, and there will be those that will put a negative spin on this deal, but this project is an exciting prospect and gives the Club a clear route for growth for the first time in its life at Huish Park. Providing future additional revenues that will give us competitive advantages down the line.  

“It’s important that we come together and work together to ensure a successful future for YTFC, and with the new board, continue to provide clarity on the Clubs’ operations.” 

Following the completion of the deal Council Leader Val Keitch added: “This is a significant deal, and it is certainly not a decision we have taken lightly. However, we strongly believe it is in the best interests of South Somerset and its communities. 

“YTFC is the only professional football club in Somerset, and it makes a significant contribution to both the local economy and more widely in terms of community, education, and local civic pride. 

“This includes the community impact of the club’s charity, the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust, which strives to make a positive difference for all through sport and learning for thousands of local people through its work with local schools and its own Soccer Schools.” 

CLUB NEWS | Chris Hargreaves announced as manager

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce that Chris Hargreaves has signed as our first team manager.

Signing a two-year deal, Hargreaves arrives with a strong coaching pedigree, holding a UEFA PRO Licence and fifteen years experience in coaching roles.

Beginning his coaching career at Exeter City, our new manager played a vital role within the youth set-up, helping develop the likes of Ollie Watkins, Matt Grimes and Matt Jay, igniting his strong reputation for developing players.

In 2011, he moved to Dorset to join Eddie Howe’s coaching department at AFC Bournemouth. As a first team coach, the Cherries won promotion to the Championship. During his spell on the South Coast, he helped nurture the likes of Harry Cornick and Jayden Stockley, whilst being on the coaching team working with players such as Matt Ritchie, Steve Cook, Charlie Daniels, and Ryan Fraser.

Hargreaves also boasts management experience within the National League, taking the reins at Torquay United in 2014. During his spell, Hargreaves led the Gulls to the FA Trophy semi-final and recruited a number of gems from the lower leagues who went on to play in the Football League such as Angus MacDonald, as well as giving debuts to a number of young, up and coming players, such as Baily Cargill and Aiden O’Brien.

Following this, Hargreaves spent a number of years at Bristol Rovers in a variety of roles. Firstly as chief scout, as the Club were promoted to League One. He then moved onto a role within the Development Squad, helping them win the Central League and earning seven players their first team debut.

The success with the development squad saw him given the role as assistant manager, taking over when the side were four points adrift of safety. By the end of the season, an upturn in form saw the Gas finish in 15th.

Since 2019, he has been the academy manager at Rovers, working with the U18’s & U23’s on a daily basis. Successes include selling two graduates to Premier League sides for record fees, alongside moving a number of players, including Alfie Kilgour and Luca Hoole, into the first team picture.

In his playing days, Hargreaves made over 650 appearances in the professional game and was a promotion specialist in the National League. Firstly with Torquay, whom he captained to a play-off final victory at Wembley and then with Oxford United just 12 months later. In total, he earned five promotions throughout his career and wore the captains armband at three clubs.

Some may also recognise Hargreaves for his regular appearances as a pundit on BT Sport, covering National League & FA Cup fixtures.

Speaking to ytfc.net, our new manager said; “It feels fantastic to be here. I’m delighted to be at such a brilliant football club.

“Yeovil Town has an immense fan base and a great history, I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”

A full interview with Chris is available on our YouTube channel, linked HERE.

Welcome to Somerset, Chris!

Images: PPAUK

MATCH PREVIEW | Altrincham – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town’s season comes to a close with a trip to Altrincham on Sunday afternoon (3pm).

Josh Staunton will take charge of the final day fixture, before the appointment of a new manager next week.

The match could see Yeovil Town finish as high as 12th following a topsy-turvery campaign.

Josh Staunton’s thoughts

Speaking ahead of the fixture, Staunton said; “I didn’t expect to be in this position, especially before speaking to Charlie (Lee) and subsequently the chairman, but it’s the way this season has been really.

“We’ve just got to give it our best going into Sunday, there’s not really to much to say other than that.:

Team news
In his pre-match press conference, Staunton said that club captain Luke Wilkinson was suffering with illness.

Max Hunt suffered an injury against Bath in the Somerset Premier Cup final and will sit out on the final day.

A foot in the opposition camp

This weekend’s game signals the end of Altrincham’s time as a part-time club, as from next season the club will be operating full time.

This means a number of players will be departing, including no.1 Tony Thompson.

Phil Parkinson, who led the club to promotion from the National League North, remains in charge and will be hoping to kick on with a full-time squad next season.

Have we met before?

Since their promotion to the National League last season, the Glovers have endured mixed fortunes against Alty.

Last season both teams earned themselves three points at their own ground, with Yeovil winning 2-0 at Huish Park thanks to goals from Rhys Murphy and Chris Dagnall.

This season, Town were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw by Alty.

Tickets

Ticket information is available HERE.

CLUB NEWS | Josh Neufville returns to Luton

Yeovil Town can confirm that Josh Neufville has been recalled by Luton Town with immediate effect.

Neufville, who returned for his second loan spell in March, has been recalled due to reduced numbers in the Luton squad as they continue their play-off campaign.

The forward netted once for the Glovers during his second stint, the winner against league leaders Stockport County.

Everyone at Yeovil Town would like to wish Josh all the best and thank him for his contribution during both his loan spells in Somerset. We’d also like to wish Luton, who are managed by former Glover Nathan Jones, all the best during their play-off campaign.

CLUB NEWS | U18 team friendlies

Yeovil Town are looking for a number of friendlies in August for our U18’s side.

Due to the size of our EPDP programme, the club are looking for a number of opponents of a mixed standard, from scholarship programmes to grassroots sides.

The club can host or travel to any proposed friendly fixtures.

If interested, contact U18’s manager Matt Percival via email – MPercival@ytfc.net

CLUB STATEMENT | Charlie Lee departs as interim manager

Yeovil Town can confirm the departure of Charlie Lee as our interim manager with immediate effect.

Charlie departs following the appointment of a new manager and his decision to not continue as part of our coaching staff.

All at Yeovil Town would like to thank Charlie for his efforts and commitment during his spell as both assistant manager and interim manager.

The new manager will be announced next week with a press conference to follow.

Josh Staunton will take charge of Sunday’s final National League fixture against Altrincham, assisted by club captain Luke Wilkinson and lead sport scientist Scott Wickens.

VIRTUAL PROGRAMME | Boreham Wood

This afternoon’s virtual programme is now available. 

In this week’s addition:

  • Tom Knowles on his throw on exploits
  • Charlie Lee’s last programme notes of the season
  • Where are they now feature on Kevin Dawson
  • A look back on last season’s five-goal thriller at Meadow Park

To view, click HERE.

CLUB NEWS | Jeff Sherwood Q&A

Yeovil Town are delighted to welcome back former Glover Jeff Sherwood for the latest ‘Memory Lanes’ Q&A.

Jeff made an impressive 286 appearances for Yeovil Town across two spells, where he scored on six occasions.

For many Yeovil fans, one performance of Jeff’s stands out from others. Cambridge United away in the FA Cup Second Round in 1987. Jeff was an absolute rock that day and the one-nil victory was just as much because of his defensive work as Andy Wallace’s goal.

As ever, we’ll be getting underway at around 1pm in the Alec Stock Lounge, with Ian hosting once again. You can send him your questions via email – Ian.welch15@btinternet.com.

CLUB NEWS | Charlie Lee joins Get Pedalling cyclists

Yeovil Town manager Charlie Lee has joined up with the Get Pedalling cyclists who are cycling from Huish Park to a number of Lee Collins’ former clubs in support of ‘Mind’.

Lee, who played with Collins across his two seasons as a player at Yeovil Town is joining the cyclists on the route from Mansfield Town to Port Vale, which is the day of the ride with the most hills!

The interim boss will head back to Somerset this evening ready for training tomorrow afternoon, whilst the rest of the cyclists will arrive back at Huish Park on Saturday morning ahead of our final home fixture of the season against Boreham Wood.

For more information on the ride, head to the Get Pedalling twitter page.

VIRTUAL PROGRAMME | Wealdstone

This afternoon’s virtual programme is now available.

In this week’s addition:

  • Charlie Lee’s programme notes including his thoughts on Saturday’s game and a thank you to supporters.
  • Lawson D’Ath on the club’s strong form against the league’s top sides.
  • The low-down on Wealdstone.
  • Where are they now feature on Jed Steer.

And much more!

To view the programme, click HERE.

CLUB NEWS | Jethro Hill’s funeral

Many of you will be aware that well-known Yeovil Town supporter and friend to many Jethro Hill recently passed away. His family has asked us to share the details of his funeral for those who knew him. Jethro’s funeral will take place on Wednesday 11th May at 11am in St.Mary’s church Stallbridge (DT10 2LR).

The family would love to have you along to remember Jethro and share some memories.

MEMORY LANES | Andy Lindegaard to join us before Wealdstone clash

We are delighted to welcome back ‘one of our own’ as Andy Lindegaard is the latest former Glover to take on a Memory Lanes Q&A.

Born and bred in Yeovil, Andy achieved all local boys dreams and played for The Glovers. Andy started off down the road, playing for Westlands, a club that in the past has been the springboard for many Yeovil player.

Andy started off in the reserves, and soon was attracting attention with some impressive displays at full back. When Dave Webb took over the reigns of Yeovil in March 2000, he surprised all a week after he took over by naming a bunch of local players at Doncaster away, amongst them nineteen year old Andy Lindegaard.

Andy and the other lads had a blinder, producing a fantastic yet surprising three-nil win over the Yorkshire club, never an easy place to go. Andy was ever present in the side for the remainder of 1999/2000 season. Scoring his first goal for the club in a three-nil victory over Hednesford just before the end of the season. Andy became an important member of the squad, through the time of Colin Addison and then in came Gary Johnson.

Under Johnson, Andy became a recognised member of those great years. At Villa Park, Andy came on as substitute to shore up the defences in the FA Trophy final victory over Stevenage and give Yeovil its first major national trophy.

The 2002/03 season saw the Glovers crowned champions and promotion to the Football League, no small part played by Andy who made thirty-six appearances in the season.

It was quite poetic that the title was clinched at Doncaster, on the same ground Andy had made his Yeovil debut. Andy continued to be a part of Yeovil’s success in the Football League under Gary Johnson and later Russell Slade.

Probably his finest moment in a Yeovil shirt came with the commentators words at the City Ground, Nottingham “… And here’s Lindegaard” with that Andy put in a world class cross to Marcus Stewart to head in and send the fans crazy.

In total Andy played 158 times for the club scoring 11 times. These performances at a time of the best years in Yeovil’s history.

Andy will be joining us in the Alec Stock Lounge ahead of our National League clash with Wealdstone on Bank Holiday Monday. The Q&A will be starting at approx 1pm.

To submit your questions, please email our host Ian – Ian.welch15@btinternet.com.

CLUB NEWS | Young Glovers win National College 7-a-side competition

Yeovil Town’s EPDP programme has won the National College 7-a-side competition in Nottingham.

The Glovers represented the South West and enjoyed an unbeaten weekend, beating teams from across the nation. Yeovil’s victory in the football competition helped the South West win overall in the multi-sport event.

Benjani Jr. was the the competition’s top scorer, but it was a real team effort, with goals shared across the team along with a strong defensive effort.

This follows an excellent campaign for the club’s EPDP side, with the Glovers reaching the National College Cup quarter finals, and a number of individuals spending time with the first team in training and the Somerset Premier Cup.

Congratulations, lads!

If you’re interested in the programme, please get in touch with Matt – mpercival@ytfc.net

CLUB NEWS | An update from Scott Priestnall

Good morning, YTFC Supporters.
 
It is disappointing that I’m writing to you the day after an exhilarating performance and fantastic result from Charlie and the boys, but I would like to clear up a few things.
 
It is being reported that I am dismissing supporter unrest and not prepared to discuss the club’s current position and future. This is completely untrue.
 
My public silence and lack of attendances at games over the last few months has been to respect the process of a proposed takeover, a takeover that has been made very public by the Glovers Trust.  I have given the process nine months to allow parties to get themselves in a position to complete, without success.
 
Since the open letter by the Gloverscast, I spoke to Ian Perkins for an hour and have agreed to do his podcast. I also regularly speak to Rich Rendell regarding club affairs.  
 
Before yesterday’s game, I reached out to BBC Somerset and invited them to an interview, to show a willingness to be transparent. I flew over yesterday but unfortunately they cancelled. Ian Welch and Sam Collard stepped in so I could address the 100 or so supporters in attendance.
 
I discussed how I am putting a new board together, a board where I would not necessarily be Chairman going into next season. That the ownership structure of the club would change to create a more collective and shared thinking approach. Those discussions have included key supporters of the club and prominent business people who want to be involved in delivering a long term plan for YTFC.
 
I also confirmed to supporters that I have been communicating with players and their representatives regarding player contract extensions. I have also scheduled interviews with our shortlist for the first team manager position, as it is crucial to have the right person in place going into the close season to fully maximise our player recruitment.
 
Over the next day or so, videos from the discussion in the Alec Stock will be released and I will be reaching out to member groups of the Supporter’s Alliance, including the Glovers Trust, to discuss concerns and ways of building a better communication with supporters.
 
While I understand the frustrations of those unhappy at yesterday’s game, there is a lot of misinformation on social media. I hope supporters can understand that I am not always in a position to refute online claims. Historically I have found my attempt to correct those claims has often led to further negativity and not as productive as I would have liked, which is my prime reason for silence.
 
I do believe it is underestimated how difficult it has been to guide this club through the pandemic. It has been a truly horrific couple of years to own a football club, or any business for that matter.
 
I love this club and am so grateful to my staff and players for getting on with the job through what has been a challenging time for everyone.  I really do understand supporters concerns when there has been so much uncertainty around financial stability and a drawn out takeover saga.  However, I have been and continue to be the prime investor in this club because I want to see it succeed. Nevertheless, I give you my assurances that over the remaining weeks of the season and into the close season that communication will improve.

VIRTUAL PROGRAMME | Stockport County

This afternoon’s free virtual programme is now available!

In this week’s addition:

  • Charlie Lee announces an assistant manager for his interim spell in his programme notes.
  • The full squads for the YTFC legends match.
  • Mark Little on his injury that kept him out for the first half of the season.
  • The low-down on Stockport County.
  • Where are they now feature on Byron Webster.

Plus much more!

To view the programme, click HERE.

CLUB NEWS | Rest in peace, Jethro Hill

It is with great sadness that in the early hours of Friday 22nd April, Jethro Hill, a life long fan of Yeovil Town FC and a committee member of the Disabled Supporters Association sadly passed away.

Jethro followed the Glovers home and away for many years and he will be greatly missed by all.

The club would like to extend its sincere condolences to Jethro’s family and friends at this extremely difficult time.

CLUB NEWS | Glenn Collis leaves as club director

Yeovil Town can confirm the departure of Glenn Collis as a club director with immediate effect.

Collis, who has been a board member since February 2020, departs with our best wishes. All at Yeovil Town thank Glenn for his hard work during his time at the football club.

Chairman Scott Priestnall is currently assembling a new board of directors ready for the 2022/23 season which will include prominent local businesspeople.

We will issue a further update on board appointments in due course.

The chairman will be appearing on independent fan podcast, Gloverscast, next week to discuss club matters. We will share the interview across our platforms when it is released.

CLUB NEWS | Dean Birkby – Memory Lanes Q&A

Ahead of Yeovil Town’s National League clash with Stockport County, Dean Birkby will be the latest former Glover to take part in a ‘Memory Lanes’ Q&A.

The forward spearheaded the side which stormed its way to promotion from the ICIS league title in 1996/97.

In total Dean scored 31 goals from 90 matches for the Glovers.

Dean will be joining us from around 1pm in the Alec Stock Lounge.

As ever, get your questions in to Ian via – Ian.welch15@btinternet.com.

LOTTERY | Week 12

Here are the winners of the weekly lottery for week 12:

1st Prize                £100       Mr Harris

2nd Prize               £ 50        Mr Martin

3rd Prize                £ 25        Mr Bown

Private Members Winners for March are 10 x £100

2 winners for 3 Counties Syndicate

Mr Trott

Mr Quayle

Mr Spencer

Mr Gibson

Mr Mount

Mr Cox

Mrs Swain

Mr Martin

TRANSFER | Olomola recalled due to injuries at Hartlepool

Yeovil Town can confirm that Olufela Olomola has been recalled by Hartlepool United.

The forward, who has netted once since his return to Huish Park, is needed in the North East due to a number of injuries within the League Two club’s squad.

All at Yeovil Town would like to thank Olufela for his efforts during his third loan spell with the club.

CLUB NEWS | Online programme feedback form

As announced last week, Yeovil Town supporters can fill out our feedback form for our online programme from our Good Friday fixture against Aldershot.

For those that cannot access a computer, we will have forms printed out which can be collected from Huish Park and filled out physically in time for our fixture against Stockport County.

In terms of readership, the online programme was a huge success, with the new addition receiving three times as many readers as last year’s online programme and a similar increase on this year’s physical programme.

Following this, we will be continuing the trial until the end of the National League season.

Those who wish to share their valuable thoughts on the online programme, can do so by clicking the link HERE.

If you have not yet read the online programme, you can do so by clicking HERE.

CLUB NEWS | Fit like a Glove open to all

Following the success of the first session, ‘Fit like a Glove’ with Yeovil Town’s lead sport scientist Scott Wickens will be now be open to all YTFC supporters for free!

Wickens, who works with the first team on a daily basis, will be leading fitness sessions and passing on his expertise to help Glovers fan get fit ahead of the summer.

Sessions will run every Thursday from 6-7pm, and take place at Huish Park.

If you are interested in taking part, please email info@ytfc.net with your name.

CLUB STATEMENT | Aldershot Town

Yeovil Town are aware of allegations made by Aldershot Town players following Friday’s National League fixture.

We take accusations of any form of discrimination extremely seriously and the club can confirm it has begun its own internal investigation.

We will discuss our findings with Aldershot Town over the coming days in order to deal with this situation correctly.

CLUB NEWS | Yeovil Town supporters cycle in memory of Lee Collins

A number of Yeovil Town fans will be cycling to raise money for mental health charity ‘Mind’ in memory of Lee Collins.

The journey will take place from the 1st-7th May, with the cyclists returning to Huish Park ahead of our final home fixture of the season against Boreham Wood.

The route is a total of 500 miles, and the cyclists will be calling in at some of our skippers’ former clubs: Forest Green Rovers, Port Vale, Mansfield, Northampton & Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Pictured above is one of the event organisers Marilyn Cottle, holding the bespoke cycling shirt that will be worn by riders.

For more information on the ride, head to their Twitter page linked HERE.

Good luck to all involved!

CLUB NEWS | Virtual programme trial

For our upcoming home fixtures, Yeovil Town will be trialing an online exclusive programme which will be free for all supporters!

The programme will be similar in design to last season’s virtual programme but packed with much more content! It will be available to access for free from the club website and social media pages on the morning of the match.

Next week, we will issue a feedback survey on the programme to get your thoughts. We would like to hear where we can improve and what you would want to see if we went down the virtual avenue as a permanent fixture next season.

Although programmes will not be available to purchase on the day of the game, we will endeavour to print some physical copies. If you would like one, please register your interest HERE.

This week’s programme will feature an exclusive chat with Kevin Gall as he looks ahead to the legend’s fixture with one-month to go. We have Charlie Lee’s first programme notes as interim manager along with much more content centred around the game against Aldershot.

We hope you enjoy the finished product!

MEMORY LANES | John Clancy

Ahead of this Friday’s National League clash with Aldershot, Yeovil Town legend John Clancy will be joining us for the latest ‘Memory Lanes’ Q&A.

Clancy was a star for Yeovil in the Southern League during the late 1960’s and 70’s, with Clancy’s side winning the league in the 70/71 season, along with a memorable FA Cup run which was ended by First Division side Arsenal.

In total, the winger made an astonishing 569 appearances for Yeovil Town, finding the back of the new on 78 occasions.

We’re delighted to welcome John back to Yeovil this weekend, and he’ll be joining us in the Alec Stock Lounge for a Q&A from approximately 1pm.

As ever, get your questions in to Ian via – Ian.welch15@btinternet.com.

CLUB NEWS | EPDP taster day

Yeovil Town FC are pleased to confirm that we will be hosting a taster day 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. 

Recent successes have seen players such as Ollie Haste start for the England College side, along with appearances in the Yeovil Town first team squad.

A number of current EPDP players have also starred in Yeovil Town’s run to the Somerset Premier Cup final, with interim manager Charlie Lee full of praise for the youngsters, describing their performances as ‘superb’.

This taster session will take place 19th April, starting at 7pm and ending at 9pm at the Huish Park 3G pitch and is open to existing Year 10 and 11 students.

Click HERE to register your interest.

CLUB NEWS | Fit like a Glove

Yeovil Town’s lead sport scientist Scott Wickens will be leading free fitness sessions for existing season ticket holders.

Wickens, who works with the first team on a daily basis, will be passing on his expertise to help Glovers fan get fit ahead of the summer.

Sessions will run every Thursday from 6-7pm, starting on 14th April and will take place at Huish Park.

If you are interested in taking part, please email info@ytfc.net with your name and season ticket info.

CLUB NEWS | Adam Stansfield memorial game tickets on sale

Tickets for the Yeovil Town legends game in memory of Adam Stansfield (14th May – 2pm KO) are now available from the Yeovil Town online ticket office.

A team of Glovers legends will face off against a team of South-West legends, with funds raised going to the Adam Stansfield Foundation.

The fixture will see the likes of Terry Skiverton, Chris Weale, Kevin Gall and many more favourites who played alongside Stanno return to play at Huish Park once more.

On the same day, Yeovil Town supporters will face Exeter City supporters, with the fixture taking place prior to the Legends game. Tickets for the Legends game include access to this fixture.

Stanno is fondly remembered by both Yeovil and Exeter City fans for his unbelievable contribution to both clubs’ success, so why not join us for a memorable day at Huish Park!

Ticket prices:

Adults – £8.00

Young person (4-16) – £4.00

U4 – free

Family ticket ( 2 adults + 2 children) – £20.00

Player lounge ticket – £15.00

Click HERE to purchase your ticket.

Tickets for the fixture will only be sold in advance, so please purchase yours to avoid missing out.

Hospitality packages for the fixture are also available, to book them please contact ytfcgame@gmail.com

CLUB STATEMENT | Darren Sarll

Yeovil Town can confirm the departure of Darren Sarll with immediate effect. 

Sarll, who has been at the helm since 2019, has accepted an offer from another National League side. 

All at Yeovil Town would like to place on record our thanks to Sarll for all his efforts over his three seasons in charge. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours. 

Charlie Lee will take interim charge of the football club for the foreseeable future. 

We will not be making further comment at this time.

CLUB NEWS | Mickey Engwell Q&A

The next ‘Memory Lanes’ Q&A is with Mickey Engwell. It’s taking place this Saturday before the Southend game.

Similarly to the Jamie McAllister Q&A, this will take place in the Alec Stock Lounge at approx 1:30pm.

Mickey began his career at Southend United, progressing through the club’s academy, making nine Football League appearances for the club, scoring three times before moving onto Crewe Alexandra in 1986. At Crewe, Mickey made two league appearances, departing the club at the end of the season, subsequently signing for Chelmsford City.

Following his spell at Chelmsford, Micket played for Barking, Harrow Borough, Enfield and Grays Athletic, before signing for Yeovil in 1995, reuniting with former Enfield manager Graham Roberts.

At his time with the club, Mickey made 114 appearances in all competitions over the course of his three seasons with us, helping the club win the ICIS league and promotion back to the Conference in the 1997-98 season.

At his time with the Glovers, Mickey established himself as a crowd favourite with his never say die attitude and his commitment to the club. For the 8000 plus who were there that memorable night against Enfield in March 1997, and the 2000 locked out, no one will ever forget his goal after four minutes to send Huish Park wild. And Mickey, we know it was a shot not a cross! 

At his time with us over three seasons, Mickey played 114 times for The Glovers, scoring 5 goals. Leaving us in March 1998. When Mickey signed for Chesham United, his qualities as an attacking full back were missed. 

Still when we think back to that ICIS winning team as fans, one name will always be mentioned, that of Mickey Engwell.

To submit your questions, please email our host Ian – Ian.welch15@btinternet.com.

CLUB NEWS | Southend fixture in tribute to Lee Collins

This Saturday’s fixture against Southend United will be held in tribute to our captain Lee Collins.

Almost one-year after Lee’s tragic passing, Saturday’s game is the closest home fixture to the anniversary of our loss of Lee.

For the fixture, we are delighted to welcome Lee’s family to Huish Park, with his three daughters; Amelia, Laila, and Charlie-Mae taking up mascot duties. Lee’s family are forever part of the Yeovil Town family and we know you’ll give them a warm reception once more.

As ever, we ask supporters in the Thatchers Stand to hold aloft the Lee Collins banner as the players enter the pitch.

Tributes to Lee will be paid before kick-off, so we ask supporters to be in their seats around 15 minutes before kick-off so you can join us in celebrating his life.

Tickets for the fixture remain available, click HERE to purchase yours.

CLUB NEWS | Adi Yussuf earns fourth Tanzania cap

Adi Yussuf enjoyed a successful return to the Tanzania squad on Wednesday afternoon with a 3-1 win against the Central African Republic.

The Glovers forward started for the Taifa Stars at the 60,000 seater Benjamin Mkapa Stadium. This was his fourth cap for his nation and his first since 2019.

Tanzania struck ahead in the first half through 18-year-old Beitar Tel Aviv star Novatus Miroshi. In the second half, they added to their tally with former Aston Villa man Mbwana Samatta getting in on the act. The visitors pulled a goal back from the penalty spot before George Mpole added a third. 

Next up for Tanzania is a friendly against Botswana which will be played at the same time the Glovers host Southend.

CLUB NEWS | Adi Yussuf called up to Tanzania squad

Yeovil Town forward Adi Yussuf has been selected for the Tanzanian international squad for their upcoming fixtures.

The Taifa Stars take on the Central African Republic on Wednesday March 23rd, Botswana on Saturday 26th March, before a showdown with Sudan on Tuesday 29th March.

The Glovers no.23’s call-up means he will be unavailable for upcoming National League fixtures against Bromley & Southend.

Yussuf was first called up for international duty in 2015, but didn’t make his debut until 2019. He has a total of three caps for his country.

Congratulations Adi!

LOTTERY | Week 8

The results are in…

1st Prize                £100       Mr Walls

2nd Prize             £ 50        Mr Wescott

3rd Prize                £ 25        Mrs Harvey

CLUB NEWS | Darren’s programme notes vs. Grimsby

Due to a temporary print deadline, we weren’t able to get Darren Sarll’s programme notes in the printed copy of this weekend’s programme, however it can be read for free below.

This week’s full programme includes a feature on International Women’s Day/#HerGameToo, the low-down on Grimsby and much more!

You can purchase the full programme for £3 from Huish Park this afternoon!

Good afternoon and welcome to Paul, his team & staff and all in attendance at Huish Park                              

We go into this game off the back of some of the best and most focused training we’ve had all season, the players have responded – as always – very weel to what was a really poor performance Tuesday night and they are ready to fly out of the traps.

Sure, some looked tired, some looked off the pace but this was something I had predicted and tried to solve a few weeks back. We’ve played at such a tempo this season and this was always in the back of my mind that the lack of seasoned players would eventually take its toll. Let’s take Charlie Wakefield, a magnificent performer for us all year and one of the first names on the team sheet. However, Charlie has played a thousand more minutes this season than in the last five years… combined. He has put his body very much of the line each and every week and through this commitment he has really turned his career round.

That’s been the highlight right? A young group showing individual and collective desire and ambition to be better, play higher and achieve success. There were some strong words exchanged Tuesday night between the group as Charlie and I watched on. They definitely care deeply for this Football Club.

Paul and his Grimsby team know too well the struggle that exists in this division and we will face a team well prepared for the battle ahead. We’ve done out best to recharge the batteries whilst resetting our goals and objectives and I am positive that the response will be strong and very assertive. It’s been a tough season and these last months will be what we can make of it and try we shall. 

This team has a really wonderful long term feel to it and I hope we can build on its young, exciting foundations for seasons to come. There’s a winning team there I am 100% sure of it. After seeing promotions up close the attitude is very similar, the physical capabilities are there, now it’s the substance and resilience through learning that takes us another stride forward.

Thanks again in advance for your wonderful support. Nothing more excites us than sharing wins with you and we will do our best to share another today.

Onwards and upwards,

DS

CLUB NEWS | Jamie McAllister to take part in ‘Memory Lanes’ Q&A

Yeovil Town promotion hero Jamie McAllister will be taking part in our brand new ‘Memory Lanes’ match day Q&A in the Alec Stock Lounge ahead of Yeovil Town’s fixture against Grimsby.

The former Glovers Skipper will be joining match day announcer Ian Welch at approximately 1pm to field your questions about his time at the club and his career in football which includes International experience with Scotland and coaching at Bristol City & Sunderland.

McAllister is fondly remembered in Somerset for his part in Yeovil Town’s promotion to the Championship, where he held aloft the play-off final trophy at Wembley after a victory against Brentford.

We would like to thank the supporters who helped arrange this event and have shown their support for the Q&A events.

To submit your questions, please email our host Ian – Ian.welch15@btinternet.com.

LOTTERY | Week 5

The results are in…

1st Prize                £100       Mr Clothier

2nd Prize               £ 50        Mrs Brockway

3rd Prize                £ 25        Mr Alford

INTERVIEW | Sarll updates on Olomola injury

Yeovil Town are unlikely to have Olufela Olomola to call upon on Saturday evening according to Darren Sarll.

The forward, who recently signed on loan from Hartlepool, was forced off with a knock in the Glovers’ draw with Maidenhead earlier this week.

When asked about the forward’s condition, the boss said; “Fela’s been great for us, he just needs that resilience through games to regain his fitness. This was shown the other night when we had to bring him off.

“I don’t think he’ll make Saturday, but that will be beneficial for him, in the same way we’ve worked with Lawson (D’Ath), it will be beneficial in the long-run.”

It’s been a bright start to life on the pitch for Olomola since returning to Somerset, as he struck his first goal of his loan spell against Maidenhead.

However, with his recent lack of game-time at parent club Hartlepool, Sarll believes his no.10 needs to build-up his game-time.

“He hasn’t played consistently for three years, I don’t think he’s played more than 15 games in a season for that period.

“We need to make sure that he’s built to be resilient and robust and can carry on throughout the rest of the season for us.”

CLUB NEWS | National Lottery Football Weekend

National Lottery players across the country, including those from Somerset are being given the chance to watch their local football teams for free as a thank you for the over £12.5 million of National Lottery funding which helped these community clubs survive when the Covid pandemic struck and football at this level effectively shut down.

The National Lottery Football Weekends campaign will makeover 100,000 tickets available on a ‘Buy One Get One Free’ basis for National Lottery players for selected matches in March and April, including at Yeovil Town. It aims to get people out to watch and really get behind their local team, perhaps for the first time, and experience the vital role these clubs play as part of their local community.

Thanks to National Lottery players, during the height of the Covid crisis a total support package of over £12.5 million from The National Lottery was made available and proved vital for many local clubs across England,Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, including [insert club] to survive the loss of essential matchday revenue as football shut down. The National Lottery Football Weekends is to thank National Lottery players for stepping up when they were needed the most. The special ‘Buy One Get One Free’ ticket offer will be available to National Lottery players for a game at one of the 231 participating clubs in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.* The ticket offer will apply to the Southend home match, taking place on 26th March.

The campaign will be delivered in partnership with the Vanarama National League, The FA (Football Association), The Scottish FA (Scottish Football Association),FAW (Football Association of Wales) and NIFA (Northern Ireland Football Association) and is also backed by well-known ex-footballers Ally McCoist and Karen Carney.

Former Scottish international and National Lottery Football Weekends Ambassador McCoist said:

“In nearly every corner of the country you will find a football club which does much more than just kick a ball around on a Saturday afternoon. These clubs make a difference to so many in their community and they suffered perhaps more than any other part of our game during the pandemic. The support of National Lottery players has been crucial in helping them survive and now you can support them again, but this time from the terraces.”

To find out more about The National Lottery Football Weekends and to find your nearest match visit www.thenationallotteryfootballweekends.co.uk. 

Each club will be responsible for distributing tickets for its home match and details on how to claim will be available from each club. Terms and conditions apply.

The money for this campaign, as well as the initiatives with the various FAs and leagues across the UK during Covid came from a National Lottery promotional fund, it was not funded by money allocated for National Lottery Good Causes or by Camelot.

The National Lottery is also working alongside Non-League Day, a campaign set up in 2010 to encourage supporters of clubs playing at the highest levels of the game to support their smaller local or non-league club and sample the unique matchday experience of football at local level.

The National Lottery has always played a vital role in supporting elite, community and grassroot sport in the UK. Including football, The National Lottery has invested more than £5.7 billion into grassroots sport since it was established in 1994. In the last year nearly £395 million was given to grassroots and elite sport good causes, funding everything from facilities to playing fields and creating opportunities for everyone to get active and improve their lives through sport. 

There are other opportunities for National Lottery players in March. The National Lottery Open Week takes place between 19th-27thMarch to say thank you for the more than £30 million raised every week by National Lottery players.

Open Week unlocks free entry and exclusive discounts for National Lottery players at a range of participating venues including galleries, museums, gardens, historic castles and sports stadiums. Full Ts&Cs apply and are available at: https://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/projects/national-lottery-open-week

CLUB NEWS | Celebrate International Women’s Day at Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town & #HerGameToo are delighted to announce our first International Women’s Day event at Huish Park.

Taking place at our fixture on the 12th March against Grimsby, we will firstly be offering discounted tickets for local female football teams, in the local area. We are in the process of contacting a number of teams, but if we haven’t been in touch already, please drop us an email on info@ytfc.net, and we’ll be happy to extend the offer to your Women’s/Girl’s team.

Leading up to and on the match-day, we’ll be championing some of the great work Women do for our football club, and how Women can achieve fruitful careers in the football industry, whether that be on or off the pitch.

The team at #HerGameToo will kindly be providing us with information flyers to highlight some of the excellent work they do stamping sexism out of football.

There’s lots more work going on behind the scenes for this fixture, so keep an eye out on our channels and we’ll keep you updated!

LOTTERY | Week 4

The results are in…

1st Prize  – £100     Mr Rowland

2nd Prize – £50      Mrs Robus

3rd Prize – £25       Mrs Frampton

MATCH OFF | Dagenham & Redbridge

Yeovil Town can confirm that tomorrow’s fixture against Dagenham & Redbridge has been postponed.

This is due to the adverse weather conditions forecasted to continue into tomorrow afternoon. The safety of all in attendance is at the utmost importance to us, therefore we have had to make the difficult decision to postpone the fixture. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Further information regarding a rearranged date will be issued in due course.

Tickets purchased for the fixture will remain valid for the rearranged date, those who cannot attend can contact info@ytfc.net to claim a refund.

CLUB NEWS | Charlie Lee returns as assistant manager

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce that Charlie Lee has been appointed as our first team assistant manager.

Lee, who spent two seasons playing for the Glovers, now ventures into his first full-time coaching role after retiring from playing in December 2021.

The midfielder began his playing career in the Tottenham Hotspur academy and enjoyed a successful career within the EFL and later National League. A promotion specialist, Lee was promoted on five occasions, with Peterborough, Gillingham, and Leyton Orient.

Lee arrives with coaching experience under his belt at youth level, having passed on his expertise within the academies at Leyton Orient and Stevenage.

Speaking on his first day, Lee said,“I’m really excited about it. It’s a great opportunity for me and I’m really looking forward to it.

“I’m going to learn so much, obviously there is a lot for me to learn. I’m new to the role but there’s a lot of things I know I can bring, whether that be day-to-day, with the team or away from the team. I’ll bring a lot of energy.

“I’ve been in football for a long-time, I’ve helped out before with things that the coaches are normally involved in, even when I was here as a player. For that to be my focus, it’s really exciting and I can’t wait for the game on Saturday.”

Manager Darren Sarll commented,“I think the appointment of Charlie highlights so many wonderful things about the Football Club. Firstly, Charlie was desperate to come back and work for me and really try and impact the players with his experience, winning mentality and character.

“Secondly, it goes to show how much he loves and has connected with this Football Club. This was a 3-minute conversation and we had an agreement, I think that says it all about the man and his willingness to make a difference.

“Sure, there are certain aspects of the role he’ll have to learn, but who knows winning better than Charlie? Not many. He’ll be an excellent foil for me and a perfect bridge to a young changing room, his enthusiasm will help me continue the path this team is on. I am truly delighted he is back where he belongs.”

Welcome back, Charlie!

CLUB NEWS | More EPDP success in the Somerset Premier Cup

Yeovil Town advanced in the Somerset Premier Cup last night with a 2-0 victory over Cheddar AFC, with no less than four Elite Player Development Programme students involved in the side.

The match saw starts for both Mason Hunter and Finlay Ridout who began as part of the Glovers’ back four alongside Jordan Barnett & Morgan Williams. Both youngsters completed 90 minutes on their first team debut, and kept the Cheddar forward line quiet throughout the fixture.

Late on, the game saw substitutes appearances for Sam Hodges and Benjani Jr, who were both making their first team debuts.

Benjani Jr warms-up against Cheddar

This isn’t the first involvement for EPDP students in the competition, with the likes of Ollie Haste, Jake Graziano and Corey Andrews all starring in previous rounds of the competition.

Next Tuesday & Friday, the club are hosting two trials for next year’s programme, to sign up, click HERE.

CLUB NEWS | EPDP Trials to take place

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:  22nd & 25th Feb – 1-3pm on 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.

For more information from Yeovil College, click HERE.

CLUB NEWS | Send in your questions for ‘Memory Lanes’ Q&A

As first advertised last week, Yeovil Town will be hosting a number of Q&A’s with former players, sponsored by Lanes Hotel.

Questions can now be sent in to our host, Paul Thorpe via email – Thorpy1955@gmail.com.

The first Q&A, with Micky Engwell will take place ahead of Yeovil Town’s National League clash with Dagenham & Redbridge on 19th February in the Alec Stock Lounge. Doors will open from approx 12:30pm and spaces will be on a first come, first served basis.

Full list –

19th Feb – Dagenham – Micky Engwell

12th March – Grimsby – Martyn Grimshaw 

26th March – Southend – tbc

15th April – Aldershot – tbc

23rd April – Stockport – Dean Birkby

2nd May – Wealdstone – Andy Lindegaard

7th May – Boreham Wood – Jeff Sherwood 

CLUB STATEMENT | Anti-social behaviour

In recent weeks, the Club have become aware of an increase in anti-social behaviour by a small minority Yeovil Town supporters at home and away fixtures.

There has been an increase in wholly unacceptable language and chanting by this minority of supporters, something the football club strongly condemns. In recent months, there has also been an increase in pyrotechnics which we remind supporters are banned from all football stadia.   

As a football club, we want Huish Park to be a welcoming environment for all and will work hard to ensure incidents like this do not happen again. 

We would also like to thank the vast majority of fans who continue to showcase the football club in a positive light, both at Huish Park and when travelling to away grounds. 

CLUB NEWS | Meet club legends on upcoming match days

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce that we will be welcoming back a number of club legends on upcoming match days at Huish Park for ‘Memory Lanes Q&A’ – sponsored by Lanes Hotel.

Starting from our National League clash with Dagenham, a number of former players will be hosted in the Alec Stock Lounge, and taking part in supporter Q&A’s pre-match.

There’s no need to book for these events, with entry free to the Alec Stock Lounge. We encourage supporters to arrive early to avoid missing out.

Full list:

19th Feb – Dagenham – Mickey Engwell

12th March – Grimsby – Martyn Grimshaw 

26th March – Southend – tbc

15th April – Aldershot – tbc

23rd April – Stockport – Dean Birkby

2nd May – Wealdstone – Andy Lindegaard

7th May – Boreham Wood – Jeff Sherwood 

TRANSFER | Joe Quigley departs

Yeovil Town can confirm the departure of Joe Quigley to Chesterfield for an undisclosed fee. 

Forward Quigley signed on a free transfer from Dagenham & Redbridge in October 2020 and went on to make 61 appearances for the Glovers, scoring 19 times. 

Chairman Scott Priestnall commented on the departure; “The decision to accept the offer for Joe is one that helps improve our cash resources at a time when our average attendances are much lower than expected, and as a result, we have a shortfall in our budget for this season.

“The ongoing speculation surrounding a takeover is certainly not helping the club recover from the lost revenues from playing last season behind closed doors, and with the exception of the Bournemouth game, attendances have not met pre-pandemic numbers.

“On the point of a potential takeover, I can tell you that no party up to this point has been in a position or is yet in a position to complete a takeover. Although discussions have continued, the club are looking at alternative sources of funding and investment. I shall update you further in due course.”

We would like to thank Joe for his efforts during his time at the club and wish him all the best for the future.

CLUB NEWS | Terry Skiverton to depart Huish Park

Yeovil Town can confirm the departure of assistant manager and club legend Terry Skiverton. 

‘Skivo’ joined the football club in 1999 as a player and made a total of 382 appearances. During his playing days, the central defender led the team as captain to an FA Trophy victory in 2002, alongside promotion from the Conference and League Two. 

As the club climbed the football pyramid, Skiverton remained an instrumental figure, even being named in the PFA’s League One team of the season in the 2006/07 season. 

In 2009, Skiverton took the role of manager at the football club for the first time, and continued to be a registered player before relinquishing his playing duties in May 2010.

As manager, Skiverton kept the Glovers competitive in League One for a number of years before stepping aside to join Gary Johnson’s coaching team when he returned to the club. This proved to be an extremely successful spell for the club, as it secured promotion to the Championship for the first time in our existence. 

After Johnson’s departure, Skivo spent a short time as caretaker manager once again before becoming Darren Way’s assistant until 2018. 

In 2019, Skiverton became academy manager, and during this time he has seen his son Fin make his debut for the club. 

When Darren Sarll was appointed manager, Skiverton was the first person he phoned, with the former captain stepping into first team coaching once again, whilst continuing his role as the academy manager. 

Chairman Scott Priestnall commented, “I’d like to thank Terry for everything he has done for Yeovil Town. He is undoubtedly a club legend, both for his service on and off the pitch. He will always be welcome at Huish Park.”

Skiverton, departs as he moves into a new role in the Football League. All at Yeovil Town would like to extend our gratitude to Terry for his stellar service to the football club, and wish him all the best in his new role. 

TRANSFER | Dan Moss returns to Millwall

Yeovil Town can confirm that Dan Moss’ loan spell at the club has come to an end.

The defender became a fan’s favourite during his temporary move, being voted the Anytime Fitness player of the month for December. 

Speaking in his post-match press conference, Darren Sarll confirmed that Moss would be venturing to pastures new during the January transfer window. 

The club would like to place on record its thanks to both Dan and Millwall Football Club and wish him all the best for the future!

CLUB NEWS | Chesterfield clash to be televised

Yeovil Town’s National League trip to Chesterfield on the 26th February has been selected for coverage on BT Sport.

This means the fixture has been moved to a later kick-off time of 5:20pm.

After a defeat to the Spireites in September, Darren Sarll’s side will be hungry to set the record straight in front of the BT Sport cameras.

CLUB NEWS | COVID-19 Code of Conduct

With Omicron cases rising, Yeovil Town would like to remind supporters of our code of conduct, to ensure a safe environment for all when attending fixtures.

It is essential that you fully understand and agree to the following code of conduct when attending fixtures at Huish Park. 

Please remember that any breach of this Covid-19 Spectator Code of Conduct may result in you being removed from the stadium. Ejection from the stadium could lead to additional sanctions which could result in you having your season ticket or club membership suspended, withdrawn and/or may result in a significant ban from attending future matches at the stadium.

COVID-19 SUPPORTER CODE OF CONDUCT

Please be aware that this code is subject to any changes in Government legislation and football authority guidelines. 

In order to assist our staff and stewards, and to help protect you and your fellow spectators, you are kindly requested to follow these guidelines:

Symptoms:

If you have any of the following symptoms, please do not travel to the stadium;

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more for an hour or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Bags:

Please keep the number of bags at a minimum to speed up entry time, please only bring them where essential. 

Face Coverings:

Face coverings must be worn at all times within enclosed areas of the stadium e.g. first floor hospitality areas. Wearing of face coverings within the stadium external seating/stadium areas are worn at personal discretion. 

Concessions and facilities:

Our concession facilities are open for this fixture. Bars and catering outlets are open outside the home and away terraces as well as the refreshment outlets within the stadium.

Hygiene:

Please make use of the hand sanitiser stations around the stadium

Respiratory etiquette:

  • Always cover your mouth if needing to cough or sneeze. 
  • Avoid hugs, high-fives and any close contact with people who are not within your social bubble.  
  • Follow NHS health guidelines e.g. when coughing or sneezing cover your mouth or use the crook of your elbow

CLUB NEWS | Sonny Blu Lo-Everton red card rescinded on appeal

Yeovil Town can confirm that after an appeal, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton’s red card against Torquay United has been rescinded.

The Watford loanee had been given his marching orders in the second half of the Glovers’ trip to Plainmoor.

This means he will now be available for this weekend’s National League clash at Huish Park, once again against Torquay United.

CLUB NEWS | A Christmas message from Darren Sarll

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you have a wonderful day with your families and friends. Today of all days we should be grateful for, with an unpredictable climate out there the chance to spend time with those you cherish the most takes on even greater importance. 

We of course have a huge game tomorrow and we have to all remain professional to ensure performances can reflect that mindset and discipline. However, we should not deny anyone – professional footballer or not – the chance to relax and unwind even if it’s momentary with their families. 

We all know the importance of every three points and how hard it is to earn but also these games have been entertaining for each club to say the least and we have to attack it with the same gusto as I believe we have all season. Yes, I know the cynics will say we haven’t, but believe you me those challenging months are the foundations that allow any team to turn left or RIGHT! This group of young people have reinvigorated the club, you the supporters and myself. I am grateful for them and their commitment to our wonderful club. Even if ‘to you’ the future can seem uncertain we can all enjoy the moment we are in and enjoy the collaborative way we’ve all won together recently. And I do mean it when I refer to it being a collaborative effort. Your effort has also created an energy and anticipation that we now are thriving off and if it wasn’t for you we would not have progressed as quickly. The support away from home – Tuesday nights at Bromley and Wrexham to name just a couple – has been amazing and those efforts again were rewarded both on and off the pitch. Thank you again. 

Please do not forget how lucky we are to interact again! Last season without supporters was the worst, soulless and unemotional. It also made anything make sense from watching it on stream. To have everyone back has been the highlight of the season and will do so for me anyway until the last game. 

In closing, have a great day, spend time with those you love and do not take for granted the riches that are afforded to us. Please stay safe tomorrow, sing as loud as possible, make it a home game for Yeovil and stay with us through the marathon that is a football season.

Onwards and upwards

DS

LOTTERY | Week 47

The results are in…

Mrs E James       1st Prize                 £100

Miss G Symons  2nd Prize               £50

Mrs D Sams        3rd Prize                £ 25

The Golden Gamble 3rd Prize was not claimed on Saturday.  Ticket No: 290 has won £25

CLUB NEWS | Christmas opening hours

Huish Park will be operating reduced opening hours throughout the Christmas period.

With both home fixtures against Torquay & Weymouth all ticket, fans are encouraged to purchase online to avoid missing out due to Huish Park’s closure.

To purchase tickets from Huish Park on a non-matchday, please head to the club shop.

Full opening hours:

20th – 10am – 4pm

21st – 10am – 4pm

22nd – 10am – 4pm

23rd – 10am – 4pm

Christmas Eve – 10am – 2pm

Christmas Day – Closed

Boxing Day (Torquay away) – Closed

27th – 10am -2pm

28th (vs Weymouth @ Huish Park) – 10am – 3pm (kick-off)

29th – Closed

30th – 10am -4pm

New Year’s Eve – 10am – 2pm

CLUB NEWS | Updated COVID-19 guidance at Huish Park

Following recent government announcements, Yeovil Town can confirm our up-to-date COVID-19 guidance.

Although not a requirement, Yeovil Town strongly advise supporters to take a Lateral Flow Test around 24 hours prior to the fixture. 

When in the indoor areas at Huish Park, it is now a requirement that a mask must be worn, unless exempt or sat at a table. In outdoor areas, it is the supporters discretion whether they wear a mask.

If you have any symptoms of Coronavirus, do NOT travel to Huish Park on a match day and please instead take a PCR test. 

Our aim is to make Huish Park a safe environment for all as we look forward to welcoming you for our busy Christmas schedule.

To order Lateral Flow Tests, click HERE.

CLUB NEWS | Proud week for youngster Haste

It’s been a proud week for Yeovil Town youngster Ollie Haste as he made his England Colleges debut on Thursday afternoon.

Haste and his international teammates were held to a 3-3 draw against the Independent Schools Team. 

https://twitter.com/ECFA12/status/1471481192084131850
Ollie Haste and his international teammates sing the national anthem

The left-sided player has been involved in a number of first team squads in recent weeks, and has now had his hard work rewarded within the England set-up. 

Along with his involvement in the match day squad, Haste has spent a lot of time with the Yeovil Town first team in recent months, training on many an occasion and starting in both of the Glovers’ Somerset Premier Cup fixtures. 

Very well deserved, Ollie! Keep up the good work.

LOTTERY | Week 45-46

The results are in for Week 45 & 46 of the lottery.

Week 45:

1st Prize                £100       P Davies

2nd Prize               £50         Mrs Davidge

3rd Prize                £25         Mr Spearpoint

Week 46:

1st Prize   £100    Mrs C Stone

2nd Prize   £50      Mrs S Cox

3rd Prize    £25      Mr C Charles

November’s 1895 Club – Private Member’s Draw:

£250   Mrs J Gartell

£250   Mr P Oram

£250   Mr P Sibley

£250   Three Counties Syndicate

As an aside, two prizes were not claimed from Saturday’s Golden Gamble draw (vs. Barnet).

The tickets that were not claimed are  No. 248 (£80) and No. 58 (£50).

CLUB NEWS | Darren Sarll wins November’s manager of the month

Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll has been named the National League’s manager of the month for November 2021.

In what was an extremely successful month for the Glovers, Sarll’s young side went unbeaten in the league, whilst advancing in the FA Cup with a 5-0 victory over Yate Town.

There were many memorable moments across the month, most notably the wins on the road, firstly against Dagenham & Redbridge where Town secured a 0-1 victory against a side which sat in the play-offs at the time.

Then came a trip to Bromley, who at the time held the longest unbeaten run in the National League, however goals from Tom Knowles and Charlie Wakefield put a stop to that as Sarll’s side were the 1-2 victors at Hayes Lane.

Despite some early season struggles at home, this didn’t continue as Town picked up four points from the six available at Huish Park.

To cap off a stellar month, a make-shift Yeovil side travelled to Wrexham and upset the league’s big spenders with a 0-2 victory at the Racecourse Ground.

Since November came to a close, Yeovil’s form hasn’t declined, with back-to-back victories at Huish Park, firstly in the FA Cup as Sarll beat his former side Stevenage before a victory over Barnet ensured Town went ten games unbeaten (11 if you count the Somerset Premier Cup!)

Congratulations Boss!

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.