Category: Club News

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

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

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

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

NATIONAL LEAGUE STATEMENT | Winter Rescue Package

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

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

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

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

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

TRANSFER | Courtney Duffus departs Huish Park

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

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

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

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

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

SIGNING | Alex Bradley signs permanently in Somerset

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SIGNING | Neufville signs for the season

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

CLUB NEWS | Brand new streaming production

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SIGNING | Reuben Reid returns to Huish Park

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

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

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

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

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

CLUB NEWS | Reduced opening hours

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

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

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

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

SIGNING | Max Hunt signs on loan

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

GAME ON | Torquay United – Yeovil Town

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

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

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

STATEMENT | Yeovil placed under tier three restrictions

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

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

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

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

GAME OFF | Rearranged Boreham Wood tie

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

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

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

GAME OFF | Boreham Wood

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

Due to two individuals showing symptoms of COVID-19, they are currently being tested and if results return negative, the fixture will be played tomorrow evening at 7:45pm.

However, if we do not receive the results in time, unfortunately we will not be able to fulfill the fixture and will be removed from the competition. In the case that either player tests positive, we will once again enter another period of self isolation. 

Yeovil Town will issue a further statement in due course.

CLUB NEWS | Call for COVID Volunteers

Yeovil Town are searching for ‘COVID Volunteers’ to assist with match day operations at Huish Park on Bank Holiday Monday.

With fans returning to Huish Park as Yeovil host Aldershot in National League action, the club call to supporters to play an important voluntary role for the fixture.

Volunteers will be completing tasks such as taking the temperature of spectators on entry and monitoring the toilet queues. 

To take up a role as a ‘COVID Volunteer’ email James Hillier – JHillier@ytfc.net

CLUB NEWS | Christmas opening hours

Throughout the Christmas period, Yeovil Town will be operating reduced opening hours at Huish Park, starting next week.

From Monday (21st) to Wednesday (23rd) the club will be open from 10am-4pm and then closed on Christmas Eve. Please ensure all click and collect orders are collected ahead of the 23rd to avoid any disappointment.

After Christmas, the club will be open on the 29th and 30th from 10am-4pm and then New Year’s Eve until 12pm. 

Any queries, please aboid coming on site where possible and call/email the club instead. The relevant contact details are available from this LINK. 

Everybody at Yeovil Town would like to wish supporters a very Merry Christmas.

 

STATEMENT | Fixtures postponed due to positive COVID-19 test

Following a comprehensive testing programme, Yeovil Town have returned a positive test of COVID-19.

In line with government guidelines, Yeovil Town’s fixture with Notts County will now be postponed with the club entering a period of self-isolation. 

Yeovil Town will issue an update on a rearranged date and ticketing details in due course. Streaming refunds are currently being processed but may take a few working days to appear in your bank account.

The club would like to wish the individual a speedy recovery. 

CLUB NEWS | Arrival times

With fans returning to Huish Park on Saturday afternoon, the match day experience will be different for all in attendance with allocated arrival times for each stand. 

Arrival times for each stand and zone are highlighted in the graph below:

 

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Please note, all gates will close 10 minutes prior to kick-off, please ensure you arrive on time to avoid being denied entry to the Stadium. When travelling to the Stadium, only travel with those in your bubble, walking and cycling to Huish Park is encouraged. 

For the safety of all in attendance, supporters must read the code of conduct before attending the fixture on Saturday. 

Tickets must also be purchased in advance, they are available from the Online Ticket Office and will be on sale until Friday evening. The club strongly advise supporters to pick up their tickets in advance, Huish Park will be operating extended opening hours on Friday (closing at 7pm, to accomodate for extra collections). If supporters need to collect their tickets on Saturday, the club ask if they are collected as early as possible, with the club open from 9am. 

 

CLUB NEWS | Call for COVID Volunteers

Yeovil Town are searching for ‘COVID Volunteers’ to assist with match day operations at Huish Park on Saturday afternoon.

With fans returning to Huish Park as Yeovil host Notts County in National League action, the club call to supporters to play an important voluntary role for the fixture.

Volunteers will be completing tasks such as taking the temperature of spectators on entry and monitoring the toilet queues. 

To take up a role as a ‘COVID Volunteer’ email James Hillier – JHillier@ytfc.net

CLUB NEWS | Volunteer Press Officer wins National League award

Yeovil Town’s volunteer press officer Sam Collard has won the National League’s volunteer of the month award for November. 

Taking the role in September 2019, Sam has balanced his role with Yeovil Town alongside his University studies at UCFB Wembley. 

Keeping him very busy, Sam produces all the content across the club’s social media, writes content for the website, and arranges press conferences plus much more!

Sam has been one of the lucky few to have been able to attend Yeovil Town’s fixtures this season, reporting on the fixtures for those who are unable to attend. 

Commercial manager Mark Robinson, who nominated Sam for the award said; 

“Sam has been instrumental in keeping fans up to date in very challenging circumstances, he has been instrumental in getting the live streaming of games up and running and constantly working on ways to enhance the viewer’s experience.

“Sam works hard on engaging and promoting ways we, as a club, can support the community during these difficult times, particularly with his focus on the ‘Football against child poverty’ campaign and providing free meals to our young supporters and children of Yeovil Town.

“Sam thoroughly deserves this recognition and we are exceptionally proud that he provides so much support to Yeovil Town Football Club, especially whilst continuing to study for his final year at university. Thank-you Sam”

CLUB STATEMENT | Return of spectators

Following the government announcement regarding the return of supporters to stadiums the club has been working hard to agree the necessary plans for the safe return of spectators.

A meeting is being held on Tuesday 8th December to discuss the plans with the Certifying Authority and other partners on the clubs Safety Advisory Group and the Director of Public Health will be kept informed . The club has also been working closely with the National League in respect of the planning process.

Subject to the necessary approvals the club intends to commence selling ticket from Tuesday evening via the club website for the YTFC v Notts County fixture on 12th December at 3pm.

It is the clubs primary objective to ensure the return of supporters done so in the safest way possible. 

CLUB STATEMENT | Errol Pope

Yeovil Town can confirm that Club Director Errol Pope has resigned from his position on the YTH and YFAC boards.

Resigning with immediate effect, Pope stated; “As a consequence of the current global pandemic and its devastating impact, this decision has been taken with a heart laden with regret.

“I am saddened that these unprecedented circumstances of uncertainty and plight have prohibited my plans and contributions to the Club, in the way and of the magnitude, I had hoped.”

Yeovil Town wish Errol all the best in his future endeavours.

SSDC STATEMENT | Proposed deal which will see South Somerset District Council purchase Yeovil Town Football Club property is approved

Proposed deal which will see South Somerset District Council purchase Yeovil Town Football Club property is approved

A proposal which will see South Somerset District Council purchase and lease back property owned by Yeovil Town Football Club including Huish Park has been approved.

Councillors on SSDC’s District Executive committee met today (3 December) to consider the investment as part of a proposal to not only ease financial pressures on the club but also to benefit communities across the district.

The club’s short-term financial concerns have been caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, with crowds prevented since March from attending National League matches for public safety and now continuing to be limited by COVID-19 restrictions.

The proposal will also give YTFC the option to buy back the land the club occupies in the future when its financial outlook has improved.

Council Leader Val Keitch said: “The decision to approve this proposal was made today following a detailed and thorough debate which was quite right given its importance.

“We have agreed to make an investment that will not only benefit a football club which has such an important role to play in our community but one which will also benefit our residents.

“It is our responsibility to ensure we offer any support where we can to businesses big and small, which we have done before and throughout this pandemic, and we will continue to do so.”

John Clark, Portfolio Holder for Commercial Strategy added: “This commercial investment has been analysed with the same rigour as all our commercial investments, and meets the Council’s requirements for return on investment at an acceptable level of risk.”

Approval of the proposal was welcomed by YTFC chairman Scott Priestnall who said:I would like to thank the officers at SSDC for their time and effort in putting together the proposal to buy the stadium and land at Huish Park.

“Being a chairman and owner of a football club is very different to operating other businesses and as a custodian of this fantastic club, I feel it is my duty to not only ensure its survival during these difficult times but also to give it the future the community and the supporters deserve.

“I would finally like to thank local Councillors for their time and support today, and I look forward to moving forward with SSDC and working with our supporters’ groups to deliver the best possible future for Yeovil Town Football Club.”

 

TRANSFER | Luton duo join on loan

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the loan signing of Josh Neufville and Gabriel Osho until the 9th January 2021. 

Darren Sarll has been vocal for his desire for extra bodies, confirming the club were in negotiations with “one or two” after Sunday’s FA Cup tie.

The two latest arrivals join from Championship side Luton, managed by former Glover, Nathan Jones. Defender Osho is a familiar face to Glovers fans after a short spell with the club last season on loan from Reading, making six appearances and keeping a clean sheet on his debut against FC Halifax Town. 

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Forward Neufville will be enjoying his third loan spell in the National League, after short spells at Solihull Moors and Woking during 2019/20, with the loanee starring in the Cards 1-0 victory over Yeovil in January.

All at Yeovil Town welcome Josh & Gabe to the club and wish them all the best during their time in green and white.

TRANSFER | Tom Knowles signs for Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the signing of attacking midfielder Tom Knowles from Cambridge United. 

The 22-year old year old arrives from The U’s on undisclosed terms until the end of next season.

Knowles began his career at Cambridge, and after graduating from his hometown club’s academy in 2017, has played a handful of games for the League Two side, scoring a late free-kick against Morecambe in April 2019 and netting this season against Fulham U23’s.

Already enjoying seven loan spells inside the National League pyramid, Knowles knows the non-league game well, including a 14 goal season across two loan spells at Cambridge City & St. Ives Town. 

Last season, Knowles received much praise during a successful spell on loan at Chelmsford City in the National League South, where he scored five times in 24 appearances, including the winner against eventual league champions Wealdstone F.C.

Knowles now signs in Somerset, looking to play National League football for the first time in his career. 

All at Yeovil Town welcome Tom to the club and wish him all the best during his time in green and white.

TRANSFER | Town swoop for Sonupe

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the signing of winger Emmanuel Sonupe.

The 24-year old arrives on a free transfer following a two year spell at Stevenage where he made 41 Football League appearances, scoring four times.

Signing until the end of the current season, Sonupe now ventures to Somerset, looking to offer a new creative option for the Glovers.  

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A Tottenham Hotspur academy graduate, Sonupe never appeared for the Lilywhite’s first team, and moved onto Northampton Town in 2016 following a brief loan spell north of the border at St.Mirren. 

First team football was hard to come by at the Sixfields Stadium so an initial loan move to Kidderminster Harriers became permanent, with the former England youth international netting 15 times in his first full season with the club. 

After two years at Stevenage, Sonupe will now play National League football for the first time in his career. 

All at Yeovil Town welcome Emmanuel to the club and wish him all the best during his time in green and white.

TRANSFER | Dagnall returns to boost the forward line

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the signing of Chris Dagnall until the end of the 2020/21 season. 

A familiar face to Yeovil fans, the forward joined the Glovers last October, making his debut against Woking in a 3-1 win at Huish Park. 

The 34-yard old netted his first two goals in Green and White against Haringey Borough in the FA Cup, and also found the net against Torquay United and Welling United during his first spell in green and white.

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After being present at training over the last week, Dagnall now puts pen to paper, looking to add a new dynamic to Darren Sarll’s forward line ahead of a busy winter schedule for Town, starting on Sunday against Stockport County.

Everybody at Yeovil Town would like to wish Chris a warm welcome back to Huish Park and all the best for the upcoming season. 

STATEMENT | An update from Glenn Collis

Over the past 12 months, both Scott Priestnall and I have been actively engaged with opportunities to develop Yeovil Town F.C.  In March, a month after joining the club’s board we hit with these new unprecedented times, and due to COVID-19, our commercial funding avenues and business alignments were shaken to the core.

During the last nine months, since being forced to close the gates to Huish Park, we have gratefully welcomed the financial support offered to all clubs throughout the National League as well as the fantastic sums raised by our loyal fans through the crowdfunding activities, streaming services, sponsorship opportunities and initiatives such as ‘Face in the Crowd’. Unfortunately, the allotted amount provided to us and the fundraising efforts do not cover the financial requirements to enable our club to operate sustainably as per our forecasts for the 2020/21 season.

With this, we are currently exploring several options, one of which is the potential discussion with SSDC to establish a long-term plan to financially sustain the future of Yeovil Town Football Club for generations under Scott’s leadership.  We also have other options that are being discussed, reviewed, and evaluated to ensure that whatever the final outcome, it is with the best interests of the club and its supporters, ensuring football continues to be played by YTFC at Huish Park.

The SSDC opportunity, would come with a 12 month ‘Rent Break’, along with a ‘Buy Back’ option that can be activated by the club and allows us a 30-year lease ensuring that we have the appropriate time in place for recovery from the hardship that has been caused this year.

Please be assured, no decisions have been made to how this process shall move forward, and we welcome interaction with supporters via the associated groups and the Supporters Trust to ensure that there is complete transparency from within.

This is an opportunity to reinvest into the club and push forward.  The ‘Buy Back’ option will enable the ownership of the club to regain control of the Stadium when the position to do so is available.

This club is the lifeblood of the community, for me, the YTFC Board are caretakers of the club for you, the fans, and I fully understand and appreciate that this is a concerning time.  I for one have not only become someone with a vested interest in the club’s day to day business, but also personally as a fan, a parent whose children love the club, and as someone who actively cares and supports interaction with the community as a whole.

More details will be forthcoming from Scott over the coming days, but please be assured that this is far from completed and we aim to be as transparent with you as possible through the process, and everything being discussed is done so with the club’s longevity and best interests only.

CLUB NEWS | Yeovil Town FC explore deal with South Somerset District Council for the stadium and land at Huish Park.

Yeovil Town FC explore deal with South Somerset District Council for the stadium and land at Huish Park. 

The potential deal will see South Somerset District Council buy Huish Park freehold land including stadium as well as the long leasehold parcel of land to the East of the site.  Subsequently, the leasehold land will become freehold and the whole site will be leased back to YTFC, with all charges and restrictive covenants being removed. The club will also have an option to buy back the entire site.

The deal will allow YTFC to raise funds to steer the club out of the current distressed financial position caused by the Covid-19 pandemic whilst retaining control of its assets.  Chairman Scott Priestnall said “I am confident that this is the most prudent deal for the club and it’s longevity.  To date, we have had numerous bids for our land but we have not yet found an opportunity that gives the club the best possible future.  It has been a very difficult year for everyone and businesses across the UK have been affected by the COVID pandemic. In spite of this we have still been developing the infrastructure of our club whilst under severe financial pressures and I thank everyone at SSDC for their involvement so far. As mentioned previously, the club undertook a restructure last year and is now set up effectively to operate at The National League level, whilst still giving us the best possible chance of success on the pitch.  Without the Covid-19 pandemic hitting late into last season, the club would have gone into the new season with a realistic breakeven model and a competitive playing budget.  As a result of Government restrictions, discussions began with local authorities and the safety advisory group regarding reduced stadium capacity due to social distancing supporters.  At the capacity being discussed, our budget would have been short by circa £150k for the season.  We then ran a very successful test event, however, prior to the start of our season the Government decided that games would have to be played without supporters. 

It was then confirmed by the DCMS that the National League System would be financially supported and as a result The National League CEO Michael Tattersall wrote to all clubs stating that clubs would be compensated for Essential Lost Revenue. So on this basis the 66 clubs in the National League system started the season. 

I am grateful to the Government, Camelot and the FA for their support and also the personnel at The National League for working tirelessly and efficiently in getting funds to clubs. 

Having said the above, in my capacity as both a National League Board Director and a National League Club Chairman, it is my opinion that many clubs in the National League system have not been compensated for their Essential Lost Revenue.

As a result, like many other clubs in the National League System, with the current distribution model of funds received from Camelot, Yeovil Town FC will be in deficit every month over the course of the season.

In my role as a Director of the National League I have challenged my colleagues on behalf of YTFC and other clubs affected, to change and correct the distribution model and am pleased that the League will be appointing an independent committee to review the model.  

We have also now heard that supporters can return to stadiums following the end of the lockdown.  This is an important step to returning morale to the nation and atmospheres into sport but unfortunately the financial damage has already been done. 

The start of the season accounts for the majority of a sporting clubs commercial revenue, such as stand and stadium sponsorship, shirt sponsorship, annual hospitality packages and the advertising boards around the ground.

The return of supporters allows us to start to gain revenues from match days but we will not expect these levels to be on par with pre-covid times. Ironically, the Government making this decision potentially worsens our financial position.

In order to avoid serious financial distress in the coming months our club has to take action.  With this in mind I ask supporters, the local community and local councillors to support the proposal by SSDC to purchase Huish Park and lease it back to the club with an option to buy it back. 

A solution that gives the football club and its supporters the future it deserves. 

Those reading this may or may not be aware that Yeovil Town Supporters Society Ltd operated as The Glover’s Trust have a right to bid as part of the site being an asset of community value.  If a right to bid is registered, this gives them six months to make a formal offer.  We only have to consider the offer although we are under no obligation to accept it. Simply put, we cannot wait six months to complete a deal with SSDC given our current financial position.  I have spoken to both the Glover’s Trust board and The Supporters Alliance Chairman, Rich Rendell, to explain why this is in the best interests of the club and that it is not just simply a case of selling the stadium and land.  If this was the case, we would have put the land up for sale by now and accepted the highest bid.  This has not been done because it was not in the best interests of the club.  The club deserves the best possible future.  As supporters and a community you have made me very welcome as an owner and chairman of this club and I ask you to support this proposal. Should anyone have concerns, rather than register them with the council can I ask you to email chairman@ytfc.net and I will make myself available by setting up various live Q&A sessions to answer those concerns.”

CLUB NEWS | Date confirmed for Weymouth away

Our much anticipated National League clash with Weymouth at the Bob Lucas Stadium will now take place on Tuesday 5th January 2021.

Following last week’s postponement due to a COVID outbreak within the Weymouth camp, we can now confirm that the local derby will now take place at the start of the new year. 

The clash at the Bob Lucas will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides since November 1999, where the Glovers were the 2-1 victors in the FA Trophy thanks to goals from Warren Patmore and Paul Tisdale. 

 

CLUB STATEMENT | COVID-19

In light of recent speculation, Yeovil Town can confirm that club chairman Scott Priestnall has been recovering from COVID-19 over the last two weeks. 

While The Glovers chairman has been in contact with key members at the club remotely, he has not been in close contact with any players or staff in recent weeks, meaning no Yeovil Town employees have been forced into self-isolation measures.

Scott has suffered largely minor symptoms of the virus, while other family members have had more severe symptoms, all are on track to make a full recovery. 

Everybody at the club wishes Scott a full recovery and hope to see him back at Huish Park soon.

VACANCY | Chartered Physiotherapist

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

To view the full job description click HERE.

The application form for this role is available HERE.

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

James Hillier: recruitment@ytfc.net

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

The closing date for all applications is 5pm 20th December 2020

CLUB NEWS | Online Shop Now Open

Yeovil Town are delighted to open our brand new online store. 

Linked HEREorders can now be placed for delivery or click and collect (from Thursday).

With this season’s Macron shirts, training wear, face masks and much more available, head over to the website to pick up the latest Yeovil Town merchandise. 

Those who have ordered a shirt from our crowdfunder page can also collect their shirts from Thursday onwards, if collecting, please wait outside the club shop, wear a face mask and respect social distancing rules.

Due to lockdown measures, orders cannot be placed in person and must be made online.  

CLUB NEWS | Stockport County clash televised on BBC Digital Platforms

Yeovil Town’s FA Cup second round tie with Stockport County will now take place on Sunday 29th November, live on the BBC Digital Platforms for free!

Kicking off at 1:30pm, Glovers fans will be able to enjoy live coverage of the all National League clash on the BBC Sport website alongside the BBC Sport app. 

After two dramatic victories in the FA Cup already this season, with Gabby Rogers most recently firing Town to victory in the last minute against Bromley, Darren Sarll will be hoping to see his side advance to the third round, with the potential of a Premier League opponent on the horizon. 

CONTRACT | Toby Stephens signs first professional deal with Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the signing of 17-year old Toby Stephens, on his first professional deal for the next two seasons.

After spending time within the club’s academy, moving up the the Yeovil Town U18’s last season, Stephens now makes his next step in progressing to first team football. 

A hard-working midfielder by trade, Stephens will be looking to learn from the experience within the ranks amongst the first team squad. 

Speaking to the club’s media team after signing, Stephens said; “I’m very happy, I’ve been coming here a lot watching Yeovil from a young age, and I was delighted to hear the news when it was over the line. 

“My Dad was really happy for me, there’s a lot of credit he deserves too.”

Academy Manager Terry Skiverton also spoke on his delight to secure the young midfielder’s signature; “Toby played with the U18’s all last season where he was playing a year up, something he really excelled in. 

“He was one of the players, that to the manager and I, stood out. For us, it was a no brainer to give him this opportunity. 

“Already, Toby has first team experience, especially in training, so we thought it was right that the next step was to put him on a pro contract.”

Everybody at Yeovil Town wishes Toby all the best during his time in green and white. 

Rest in peace, Ray Clark

Everybody at Yeovil Town Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of supporter Ray Clark.
 
Ray supported Yeovil for many years alongside wife Joy. On their wedding day, 4 January 1958, the couple missed the train to London for their honeymoon as they waited for confirmation of the football result, with Yeovil playing away to Fulham in the FA Cup. Having caught a later train and eventually arrived into Waterloo Station just before midnight, they unexpectedly ran into all the Yeovil fans who were just heading home following a 4-0 loss at Craven Cottage.
 
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Both attended the first match at the new Huish Park in 1990. For many years, they were regular season ticket holders in the Screwfix Stand and would always sit in their favourite seats in Block M, Row N, forming strong friendships with fellow fans. They braved all weathers until Ray’s poor health meant listening from armchairs at home. Their joint enthusiasm encouraged the grandchildren to become supporters. Ray was a keen woodworker and even designed YTFC-themed gifts for family and friends. He will be sadly missed by wife Joy and the whole family.
 
All associated with Yeovil Town would like to pass on our condolences to Ray’s family and friends in this difficult time.

FA CUP | Second Round Draw

The Glovers will find out their FA Cup Second Round opponents in tonight’s draw. 

The draw will be shown live on BT Sport, as well as the Emirates FA Cup social media feeds and YouTube, starting at 7:10pm.

Darren Sarll’s side will be ball number 16 in tonight’s draw, following Gabby Rogers’ dramatic late winner against Bromley.

The second round proper will be held across the weekend of 27 to 30 November.

Full draw numbers:

1 Newport County

2 Havant & Waterlooville
3 Mansfield Town
4 Crewe Alexandra 
5 Peterborough United 
6 Exeter City
7 Bradford City 
8 Bristol Rovers
9 Stockport County
10 Darlington
11 Barnet
12 Chorley 
13 Tranmere Rovers
14 Oxford City or Northampton Town 
15 Morecambe 
16 Yeovil Town
17 Crawley Town 
18 Blackpool 
19 Cheltenham Town  
20 Stevenage
21 Harrogate Town
22 Gillingham   
23 Plymouth Argyle
24 Carlisle United 
25 Doncaster Rovers 
26 Salford City
27 Solihull Moors 
28 Hull City
29 Marine
30 Barrow or AFC Wimbledon
31 Dagenham & Redbridge
32 Shrewsbury Town
33 Brackley Town
34 Milton Keynes Dons 
35 Oldham Athletic 
36 Boreham Wood
37 Portsmouth
38 King’s Lynn Town
39 Lincoln City
40 Canvey Island

TRANSFER | Alex Bradley signs on loan

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the loan signing of Alex Bradley from Lincoln City until January 10th 2021.

The 21-year old arrives at Huish Park with National League promotion pedigree under his belt, having made 23 appearances for Harrogate Town last season as the Sulphurites won the delayed National League play-offs.

A graduate of the West Bromwich Albion academy, Bradley moved on from the Baggies in 2019 signing for the Imps in the summer transfer window, following loan spells at Havant & Waterlooville & Burton Albion. 

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

Speaking on his latest addition, Darren Sarll said; “Firstly, Lincoln were great to deal with and we thank them for allowing us to have Alex for the foreseeable future. Terry and I watched Alex last year for Harrogate and were always impressed and that was backed by the number of our football confidents that recommended Alex to us. 

“Alex has a power and energy that is vital to the way we play, he adds real depth to the right side of our defence and midfield and I have been really pleased with his character in the first few days. He’s another player that comes off of a winning experience last season and I am really looking forward to seeing him play for us.”

Everyone at Yeovil Town wish a warm welcome to Alex and wish him all the best during his time in green and white. 

VACANCY | Academy Physiotherapist

YEOVIL TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB ACADEMY PHYSIOTHERAPIST

Yeovil Town FC are looking to recruit a self-motivated, committed, confident and knowledgeable individual to join the growing Academy Football Department in the full-time position of Physiotherapist to lead the Academy Sports Science and Medical Department, working primarily within the Professional Development Phase.

Role

The successful applicant will be required to take the lead role in the Academy’s Sports Science and Medicine Department. Main duties will include being responsible for the daily medical support and welfare of the Under 18 age group.

 

Responsibilities 

  • To maintain an accurate and comprehensive database of work with Academy players on the club’s PMA system, including current medical status, notes and recordings of rehabilitation or gym sessions.
  • Provide feedback in a timely manner on injured players to the full time PDP staff.
  • The appropriate examination, assessment and treatment of Academy players when required, including the referral (when needed) to internal and external medical professionals.
  • Pitch side cover for the Under 18’s games programme
  • Where appropriate, assist with the Academy Sports Scientist in the delivery of body fat testing, joint screening for the Pro Development Phase
  • Overseeing the development and implementing prehab and rehab programmes for all PDP Players
  • Updating the Academy Emergency Action Plan in line with EPPP requirements.
  • Work & communicate with other support staff and services, including doctors/sports scientists/part time staff, providing an integrated approach to performance enhancement. 
  • Leading the Sport Science and Medicine Department’s CPD Programme for all department staff
  • Work closely with the First Team medical staff to provide medical care for Academy players and where appropriate, assist the First Team medical staff in the support of First Team players

The successful candidate will hold the following Qualifications:

  • Bsc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • CSP & HCPC Registered

Desirable qualifications:  

  • FA Level 4 Intermediate Trauma Medical Management in Football (ITMMiF)

Formerly Intermediate First Aid for Sport (IFAS) 

  • FA Level 5 Advanced Trauma Medical Management in Football (ATMMiF) –

Formerly Advanced Resuscitation and Emergency Aid (AREA) 

  • Experience of Pitch Side management of injuries

Personal Requirements:

  • Must always be able to adhere to confidentiality and data protection procedures  
  • Ability to communicate appropriately with all ages
  • always Represent the Academy and maintain professional standards
  • Applicants must be eligible to live and work in the United Kingdom

Place of work

       Huish Park Lufton Way Somerset BA22 8YF       

Hours of work & remuneration

  • 40 hours per week.
  • Flexibility in this post will be required to meet the needs of the post.
  • This will include working on Saturdays.

Safeguarding & general statement

YTFC is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to endorse this commitment.

This post requires Enhanced Criminal Records Checks and may include checks against the Barred Lists, as such it is exempt from Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974). Therefore, all convictions including spent convictions that have not been subject to filtering by the DBS should be declared. 

Relevant information and/or documents will be distributed as part of the recruitment process.

This Role is subject to full enhanced DBS check.

All applicants for this position follow the working EPPP guidelines and must hold the criteria stated in the Job Description.                                                                                                                                                                                  

YTFC are an equal opportunity employer and is determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable.

Our Recruitment and Selection Policy, Code of Conduct, Diversity & Equality Policy, Equal Opportunities Policy and Right to work in UK Policy are available to all applicants on request.

 

HOW TO APPLY

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

James Hillier:

recruitment@ytfc.net

By post

Huish Park, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8YF

The closing date for all applications is 5pm 29th November 2020

Yeovil Town thanks National Lottery players for their support

Yeovil Town would like to thank National Lottery players for their support during these challenging times. We’re grateful to benefit from a share of the £10M of funding that has been announced for 66 National League clubs as part of a unique partnership between the National League and The National Lottery which will ensure that this season can continue.

The partnership with The National Lottery will benefit all clubs in the fifth and six tiers of English football, so that they can continue to play behind closed doors after the return of fans was paused due to rising infection rates. As a thank you, National Lottery players, who make a difference every time they buy a ticket, will also get a range of benefits – including free tickets once stadia are safe to reopen, grassroots football opportunities and VIP experiences at Wembley Stadium.

Nigel Railton, Chief Executive of National Lottery operator Camelot, said: “The National Lottery and its players have been making a huge difference to communities

across the country for the past 26 years, so we’re delighted to be working with the National League to protect these all-important clubs and help them continue the vital work they carry out locally. They do a fantastic job and I can’t wait to cheer on my local National League side when fans are allowed to return.”

CURRY NIGHT | Wednesday 4th November

On Wednesday evening, Yeovil Town will be hosting a curry night at Huish Park in the Alec Stock Lounge. 

The menu includes a choice of:

  • Beef Madras
  • Chicken Jalfrezi
  • Chicken Korma

All meals are served with Rice, Naan Bread, Poppa Doms and Mango Chutney. 

Two people can book a table for just £20.00, with seats available between 6pm-8:30pm! To reserve your table please call 07717007966.

SIGNING | Williams returns to boost the backline

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce the signing of Morgan Williams on loan from Coventry City for one month.

A recognisable face to Glovers fans, the 21-year old enjoyed a short but successful loan spell with the club over the Christmas period last year, where he made an instant impact with a clean sheet on his debut against FC Halifax Town.

Morgan will go straight into the squad for this afternoon’s encounter with Chesterfield, a side he faced for the Glovers during his last spell. That evening Town were the 2-1 victors with the centre back barely putting a foot wrong, with the Spireites’s goal coming in spectacular fashion through Curtis Weston.

Speaking on his latest loan addition, Darren Sarll said; “After Collins and Staunton suffered injury at key times it was evident, we may need another type of ingredient to ensure the team performs better.

“The option was and is still there for several senior out of work players to come into the squad but what I immediately requested Morgan because of his playing traits. He is very different to what we have, and he made a huge impression on us all the last time he was on loan.

“He knows the group, to some extent, and understands what it is to play for Yeovil, the expectations that are placed on the players and the need to win games on a weekly basis.

“It’s great to have him back and I hope he has a great experience with us again.”

Everybody at Yeovil Town is pleased to welcome Morgan back to the club and wish him all the best during his second spell in Somerset.

 

CLUB NEWS | Glovers Trust to fund second day of free meals

Thanks to funding from the Glovers Trust, Yeovil Town will now be hosting two days of free meals for Children. 

This Wednesday, there will be a Brunch Club from 10:30am-1pm.

Nick’s Fruit and Veg will also be on site offering food to those that are in need. 

On Thursday, Yeovil will also have free school meals available, with more information HERE.

CLUB NEWS | Confirmation of refund for Saturday’s stream

Following a backend issue which meant match footage was not available on Sportsradar’s platform in the opening stages of Saturday’s FA Cup game, anybody who purchased a match pass will receive a full refund. 

Those who have purchased the season pass will also receive £5 as a goodwill gesture. These refunds will be processed shortly.

The club would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by the disruption on Saturday afternoon. Yeovil Town is committed to building a live streaming service which offers coverage of the highest standard for our home fixtures.

CLUB NEWS | FA Cup First Round draw

Yeovil Town will find out their Emirates FA Cup First Round opponents this evening, with the draw taking place ahead of tonight’s televised Fourth Qualifying Round clash between Bishop’s Stortford and St. Albans City. 

Glovers fans will be able to watch the draw on BT Sport or on the @EmiratesFACup twitter feed where the draw will be live streamed from around 7:10pm. 

The first round will see Football League sides from League One and Two, but Darren Sarll isn’t fussed about who he draws, just “as long as it’s at home!”

Yeovil Town have been assigned ball number 77 for this evening’s draw.

 

Full Draw Numbers:

1 ACCRINGTON STANLEY
2 AFC WIMBLEDON
3 BARROW
4 BLACKPOOL
5 BOLTON WANDERERS
6 BRADFORD CITY
7 BRISTOL ROVERS
8 BURTON ALBION
9 CAMBRIDGE UNITED
10 CARLISLE UNITED
11 CHARLTON ATHLETIC
12 CHELTENHAM TOWN
13 COLCHESTER UNITED
14 CRAWLEY TOWN
15 CREWE ALEXANDRA
16 DONCASTER ROVERS
17 EXETER CITY
18 FLEETWOOD TOWN
19 FOREST GREEN ROVERS
20 GILLINGHAM
21 GRIMSBY TOWN
22 HARROGATE TOWN
23 HULL CITY
24 IPSWICH TOWN
25 LEYTON ORIENT
26 LINCOLN CITY
27 MANSFIELD TOWN
28 MILTON KEYNES DONS
29 MORECAMBE
30 NEWPORT COUNTY
31 NORTHAMPTON TOWN
32 OLDHAM ATHLETIC
33 OXFORD UNITED
34 PETERBOROUGH UNITED
35 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE
36 PORT VALE
37 PORTSMOUTH
38 ROCHDALE
39 SALFORD CITY
40 SCUNTHORPE UNITED
41 SHREWSBURY TOWN
42 SOUTHEND UNITED
43 STEVENAGE
44 SUNDERLAND
45 SWINDON TOWN
46 TRANMERE ROVERS
47 WALSALL
48 WIGAN ATHLETIC
49 DARLINGTON
50 SKELMERSDALE UNITED
51 SOLIHULL MOORS
52 BANBURY UNITED
53 SOUTH SHIELDS
54 HARTLEPOOL UNITED
55 FC UNITED OF MANCHESTER
56 BRACKLEY TOWN
57 KING’S LYNN TOWN
58 CHESTERFIELD
59 AFC FYLDE
60 MARINE
61 CRAY VALLEY (PM)
62 CANVEY ISLAND
63 HAYES & YEADING UNITED
64 BROMLEY
65 TONBRIDGE ANGELS
66 HAMPTON & RICHMOND BOROUGH
67 WOKING
68 MALDON & TIPTREE 
69 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE
70 BARNET
71 OXFORD CITY
72 EASTBOURNE BOROUGH
73 EASTLEIGH
74 TORQUAY UNITED
75 HAVANT & WATERLOOVILLE
76 BOREHAM WOOD
77 YEOVIL TOWN
78 BISHOP’S STORTFORD OR ST ALBANS CITY
79 CONCORD RANGERS
80 CHORLEY

 

CLUB NEWS | Martin Baker: Glovers Trust Terrace unveiled

This afternoon Yeovil Town were delighted to unveil the ‘Martin Baker: Glovers Trust Terrace,’ in honour of the late Martin Baker.

After raising vital funds for the club during our Crowdfunder campaign this year, the Glovers Trust came together and raised over £5,000 to name the stand after Martin.

With Glovers Trust sponsoring our FA Cup clash with Dover, the club would like to thank the trust for its continued support, especially in these uncertain times.

In a statement, the Glovers Trust said;

“To all those who used the Ciderspace website Martin Baker was known as the person who brought every scrap of YTFC information to the fans.  His explanations, of often complex situations, were easily understood by all of us who regularly logged in. They were tempered with a quick wit and when required the precision of a surgeon’s scalpel. Nothing escaped his gaze and whether or not you had ever met him you felt he was a great friend.

“The Glovers Trust are proud to be able to sponsor the Away End in Martin’s name. From the inception of the Trust Martin was a true believer in its cause. He was one of six fans who attended the London offices of Supporters Direct in 2015 and pitched the case for setting up a Supporters Trust. He understood the need for an independent voice for supporters, the desire to have a say in how the Club that generations of fans had supported.

“On many occasions in the following years he gave the Trust guidance, support and knowledge which was used to attempt to persuade those in charge to listen to the fan’s grievances and points of view.  If Badger were here today it is more than likely he would point to the support that fans have given over the pandemic period as an example of how Club and fans should work together. He would urge fans to see that it was more important than ever to have a strong Trust, able to continue the encouraging dialogue that has developed with the present ownership. He would be looking ahead to greater cooperation and representation for all involved in this, our Club.

“It is believed that Martin Baker is the very first supporter to have received this important recognition of a named stand in the 125-year history of YTFC. How fitting that he should be number one.

“Martin Baker is sorely missed by many but will be forgotten by none.”

CLUB NEWS | #EndChildFoodPoverty

Following the excellent work of Marcus Rashford MBE, Yeovil Town stand with the Manchester United forward’s clear message that no child should go hungry.

Next Thursday (29th October), Yeovil Town will be serving meals for children who receive free school meals between 12-2pm.

The meals will be served at the club’s Huish Park Stadium in the Alec Stock Lounge. There’s no need to book, just arrive at the ground and the club will be happy to help! 

Meals include: Sausage, Mash, Chips, Peas/Beans.

Fish Fingers, Chips, Peas/Beans.

Chicken Nuggets, Chips, Peas/Beans.

Alongside a drink and a piece of fruit.

We will also be providing both gluten free and vegetarian options with infromation on these available upon arrival.

As a club deeply embedded into its community, the club has a responsibility to help wherever it possibly can, and the campaign to #EndChildFoodPoverty is the perfect example of this.

LIVE STREAMING | Introducing YTFC Live

Introducing YTFC Live – watch the Glovers home fixtures live on Yeovil Town’s brand new streaming platform.

In partnership with Sportradar, Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm streaming details for this weekend’s game, and all upcoming home fixtures.

From Saturday’s FA Cup clash against Dover, Glovers fans can enjoy full match coverage, with match graphics and live commentary on our brand new platform. 

Fixtures will be available via PPV (pay-per view) for £9.99. To purchase your tickets, click the link HERE.

Season ticket holders who opted to swap their tickets for a streaming pass will receive an email with details on how they can access the fixtures online today.

Yeovil Town’s live streaming platform can be accessed by clicking HERE, or by clicking YTTV on the menu bar at the top of the page. 

STEAK NIGHT | Thursday 29th October

Huish Park will be hosting its first Steak Night on Thursday 29th October.

Enjoy 2 Steaks and a bottle of Wine for just £28.50 in the Alec Stock Lounge. 

Bookings can be taken from as early as 6pm with the latest tables available at 8:30pm. 

Booking for this event essential – please call 07717007966.

CHRISTMAS MENU | Bookings now being taken

This year, we’ll be keeping our Christmas Menu traditional, with a number of festive favourites available.  

With us operating in a unique climate, things will operate slightly differently this year. 

The Christmas menu will be offered from Wednesday 4th December and will continue until January 2021. This will allow more people to enjoy our festive menu whilst we have limited space due to COVID-19 safety measures. 

We can accept large booking however, these bookings will be split into tables of six with no mingling between tables. 

Bookings must leave a deposit of £10pp, with pre-orders made at least one week prior to your reservation. 

All reservations will be made between 6:30pm-7:30pm due to the enforced 10pm closing time (subject to change in restrictions).

 

Full menu:

To start:

Carrot + Corriander Soup s/w Warm Roll and Butter

Creamy Garlic Mushrooms s/w Garlic Bread

Liver Pate s/w Warm Toast + Onion Marmalade

Tiger Prawn Cocktail, s/w Marie-Rose Sauce + warm crusty Bread

 

Main dishes:

Traditional Roast Turkey s/w all the trimmings, fresh Vegetables, Roast Potatoes + rich Turkey Gravy

Slow Roasted Beef, s/w fresh Vegetables, Roast Potatoes, Yorkshire Pudding, + Shallot Gravy.

Pan Fried Salmon Fillet in a Lemon + Herb butter, s/w fresh Vegetables + Roast Potatoes.

Mediterranean Veg Tartlet (Vegan), s/w seasoned Vegetables + Roast Potatoes

 

Desserts:

Traditional Christmas Pudding + Brandy Sauce

Warm Winter Berry Crumble + Ice Cream

Fresh Fruit Vegan Ice Cream + Granola

Cheese + Biscuits

2 Courses – £25.00 3 Courses – £30.00

Pre-order deposit required prior to your booking. Table numbers currently restricted due to 6 maximum per table.

To book – please call 07717007966 to avoid disappointment.

 

 

ACADEMY | Youth Team & EPDP Open Trials

Do you want the chance to represent Yeovil Town FC U18’s in the South West Youth Alliance League? 
 
The club will be hosting a number of open trials this half term (26th, 27th, 30th October, 09:00 – 11:00). 
 
For more details on how you can sign up, please contact Mark Challen via email: mchallen@ytfc.net
 
After a succesful intake this year, Yeovil Town’s EPDP is looking ahead to the 2020/21 season.
 
Open trials will also take place for the college programme this half term (26th, 27th, 30th October, 12:00 – 14:00) 
 
For more details, please contact Mark Challen via email: mchallen@ytfc.net
 
For more information the EPDP in partnership with Yeovil College, click here. 

CARVERY | Sunday 25th October

There’s another opportunity to enjoy a Sunday roast at Huish Park on Sunday 25th October. 

Serving from 12pm to 3pm, children (under 11s) can enjoy a Sunday lunch for £6.95 with adult portions available for £10.95.

Booking is essential – please call 07717007966 to avoid disappointment. 

 

SIGNING | Joe Quigley signs for the Glovers

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the signing of Joe Quigley on a free transfer from Dagenham & Redbridge for the upcoming season.

After netting a brace against the Glovers last August, the towering forward will now line up in Green and White, with a trip to his former employers on the horizon next weekend.

The 23-year old began his career in the Bournemouth academy, but after a number of loan spells across seven different clubs, Quigley decided to settle within the National League on a permanent basis signing for Maidstone United in 2018/19.

His stay in Kent was short lived, moving onto Bromley that same season, with a brief loan spell in the National League South with Eastbourne Borough, where he scored three goals in five games.

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Most recently, the former Irish U21 international spent the entirety of 2019/20 with Dagenham & Redbridge scoring five goals before the league season was cut short due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Our new number 19 walks straight into Darren Sarll’s squad boosting the forward line in preparation for our midweek clash with Halifax.

Everyone at Yeovil Town would like to wish a warm welcome to Joe and hope he enjoys his time at Huish Park.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 0-1 Wrexham AFC

Yeovil Town fell to their first defeat of the National League season against Wrexham at Huish Park.

Kwame Thomas netted the only goal of the afternoon in the opening ten minutes.

Yeovil did look better in the second half, but ultimately the pressure was to no avail as the Red Dragons clung on to claim all three points.

Darren Sarll opted for four changes to the starting line-up, but his defence took a familiar look in Adam Smith, Carl Dickinson, Lee Collins, Luke Wilkinson and Dan Leadbitter.

The midfield and forward line saw the most notable changes, with Albi Skendi and Rhys Murphy returning to the starting line-up and loan signing Matt Warburton making his debut.

The opening stages saw the visitors press with great energy, forcing Adam Smith into a save in the 4th minute as Reece Hall-Johnson fired from the edge of the box.

This energy proved just too much for Yeovil in the 11th minute as Wrexham took the lead. After Yeovil seemingly won the ball through Dickinson, the visitors pressed and won the ball back almost instantly as Jay Harris pounced and found Thomas at the back post, firing the North Wales outfit ahead.

The visitors dominated the game throughout the opening stages, with Yeovil creating very little of note.

The closest Town came to a chance in the opening 45 minutes was a penalty shout, Matt Warburton was hauled down in the box but the referee waved his claims away.

The second half, like previous fixtures saw added impetus for Sarll’s side but still a lack of cutting edge.

Matt Worthington did go close in the 60th minute as his strike flew narrowly over Lainton’s goal.

As Yeovil pushed, the visitors continued to frustrate, and actually create chances of their own on the break as substitute Jordan Ponticelli was eventually smothered by A.Smith as he broke through one-on-one.

The best chance of the afternoon came as Yeovil had one last throw of the dice. Hopeful balls into the box caused havoc in the Wrexham area, but as Duffus dragged the ball into Murphy’s path, a heroic block denied the Glover number nine and secure all three points for the travelling Welshmen.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Leadbitter, Collins, Wilkinson, Dickinson (Burke); Lee, Worthington (Rogers), Skendi, J.Smith (Duffus); Warburton, Murphy

Subs: Burke, Staunton, Rogers, D’Ath, Duffus.

 

Wrexham: Lainton; Hall-Johnson, Vassell, Kelleher, Reckord, Davies, Harris, Young, Rutherford, Thomas, Jeffery

Subs: Dibble, Carrington, Durrell, Jarvis, Ponticelli.

WATCH LIVE & FREE | Yeovil Town vs. Wrexham

After thousands of you tuned in for Yeovil Town vs. Wealdstone, we are delighted to confirm streaming details for tomorrow’s National League clash with Wrexham.

Glovers fans can enjoy full-match coverage live and free on the Yeovil Town YouTube channel.

The stream will go live at around 2:50pm with match commentator Marcus Duncomb and co-commentator James Kelly previewing the action at Huish Park. 

SIGNING | Matt Warburton signs for the season

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the loan signing of Matt Warburton on loan from Northampton Town until the end of the season.

Having already scored twice for the Cobblers this season, the 28-year old now ventures to Somerset, looking for a consistent run of first team football.

The attacker is no stranger to the non-league circuit, playing for Curzon Ashton, Salford City and Stockport County in the National League North.

The 2018-19 season saw Warburton secure promotion to the National League with Stockport County as the Hatters won the National League North. Warburton netted 18 league goals in the process, and hit 25 in all competitions, averaging just shy of a goal every other game.

However, he would not stay in Stockport to enjoy National League football, stepping up to the EFL for the first time in his career signing for Northampton Town. His time in Northampton saw Warburton win the League Two play-offs, beating Exeter City in the final.

Speaking to the Yeovil Town media team after signing, Warburton said; “I’m excited to be here, it’s a great footballing club and once I knew there was interest from the manager, he sold the club to me and I want to be a part of it and get this team promoted.

“I don’t know too much, but everybody I’ve spoken to has said it’s a well ran club and positive about the style they play. It’s a great opportunity for me.”

Everybody at Yeovil Town wishes Matt all the best during his stay in Somerset.

WATCH LIVE & FREE | Yeovil Town vs. Wealdstone F.C.

As announced in Scott Priestnall’s update last week, Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm streaming details for tomorrow’s National League clash with Wealdstone.

Glovers fans can enjoy full-match coverage live and free on the Yeovil Town YouTube channel.

After taking on board your feedback from our trial run during the AFC Bournemouth friendly, we are delighted to confirm that we will have live commentary and score graphics available throughout. 

The stream will go live at around 7:40pm with match commentator Marcus Duncomb previewing the action at Huish Park. 

 

STATEMENT | Club Update from Scott Priestnall

The club is delighted to be able to update our fans on the latest developments off the field.

Club Chairman Scott Priestnall praised the Green and White Army when he said ”Firstly, I would like to say thank you to all our fans and particularly our season ticket holders who have been waiting to for an update on our situation.

I am pleased to announce that the government are going to support us financially for the first 3 months of the season due to use being unable to play games with supporters at games.  This position will be reviewed in 3 months, funding thereafter will be subject to a review, which we believe is to allow for the possibility of crowds being allowed back into stadiums on some basis as the season progresses.

The financial package to National League clubs is worth £10m over the next 3 months and although we await to see how much our allocation will be I do not expect it to cover our estimated losses (incurred in playing behind closed doors).  I am however, extremely grateful to the National League board, the FA, Marcus Fysh MP, Alex Parmley and South Somerset District Council for their help and hard work behind the scenes to enable us to start the season.

I am bitterly disappointed that supporters will not be at our games for the start of the season but I want to make sure everyone knows that we are working furiously to ensure that our supporters and community not only come along with us on this season’s journey but also that you are able to enjoy it. Darren, Terry and the team will start the season tomorrow knowing whether you are physically at the game or not we have a first class set of fans for whom we are all determined to do the best for this season.

I am aware fans have been waiting for an update on variety of matters so hopefully the update in this club story will answer most of the FAQs”

 

Answers to Frequently asked questions

The club can now confirm the options supporters now have in relation to season tickets and Crowdfunder packages as well as details of our new streaming service, this season’s kit and online shop for this coming season:

Season Tickets

This club would be nothing without its dedicated season ticket holders who came along and bought tickets knowing there was still a chance that they would not be able to see live football. If you have bought a 2020/21 season ticket, the  options that are now available to you are as follows (based on the fact that at present we know that supporters will definitely miss the first 8 homes game at Huish Park):

Option 1 – You can exchange your first 8 home games for a free streaming pass for those games. You will then be the first in the stadium when we return for games.  If we restart with a limited capacity, you will have priority in returning for the remaining games at Huish Park.

Option 2 – You can be provided with a refund of 34.7%, equivalent to the first 8 games and keep the remaining in your season ticket and if we restart with a limited capacity, you will have priority in returning for the remaining games at Huish Park.  You can then buy streaming passes for matches on a game by game basis.

Kids season tickets include a free YTFC shirt, so the refund element will be adjusted so your child still receives the football shirt.

Option 3 – You can have a full refund on your season ticket. Obviously if you request option 3 as you would expect you would lose your priority window for buying tickets for games when supporters return etc

We will a make a form available online and from the ticket office at Huish Park to be filled out for all refunds.  Refund will be processed when the promised government funding is received, and I do expect all refunds to be received by you within 30 days.

UPDATE 5th OCTOBER: The season ticket form can be found HERE. 

Crowdfunder

If you bought items that related to match day tickets or sponsorship they will be transferred to next season (2021/22).  All other items bought in the Crowdfunder will start to be processed in the coming weeks as we begin to receive stock.

The Crowdfunder was a huge show of your support and commitment to this football club and it will never be forgotten.

 

New Streaming Service:

We successfully trialled a streaming service for the final preseason friendly free of charge with some success.  Both the Wealdstone and Wrexham fixtures will be produced to include added features from the friendly match to include live commentary whilst you’re watching the match, a live scoreboard on display to give you that high-quality broadcast feel, and our sponsors and partners will pop-up during the match. 

From the Sutton United home fixture, we will have a state-of-the-art camera installed that features artificial intelligence ball-tracking technology. This camera is situated on the half-way line for the best seat in the house and uses four lenses to make sure every inch of the pitch is covered. 

The stream will be available in HD 1080p resolution for a crisp picture and can be viewed on your computer, smartphone, or tablet. We have teamed up with two very experienced providers to bring you a service that your support deserves and is second to none. These being – Sportradar and Pixellot.

Following the success of Sportradar’s streaming platform, through which fans could watch the 2019/20 National League Play-Offs, they were the obvious choice to enable fans to subscribe and watch matches for this coming season whilst restrictions remain in place on attending matches in person. 

All video production for the streaming platform will be provided by Pixellot, using their automatic cameras. Pixellot’s technology, which uses artificial intelligence to track the action will also be used in the SPFL this upcoming season. 

We will be offering a Match day ticket to all supporters at the price of £9.99 per match.

 

First Team Kit:

As a result of the delay in the restart of the National League season and fan feedback regarding the proposed home kit for this season we have made the decision to adopt the  Macron supplied shirt worn in the playoff game with  Barnet as our first team home shirt this season.  It proved extremely popular at the time (with fans snapping up the shirts available in short order) and we hope that our decision to rethink our first team shirt for this season is well received as it is genuinely a case of us listening and responding to fan feedback. We also look forward to working with Macron for this coming season with more details to follow separately.

 

Front of Shirt Sponsor

You may remember that we told you a couple of months ago that we had a new front of shirt sponsor.  Due to financial issues that sponsor will not be taking up that opportunity, however we are in the final stages of agreeing a new sponsor now we have had confirmation of the restart of the National League season.

Tomorrow’s shirt for our opening game live on BT Sport will have the Adam Stansfield Foundation logo AS9 upon the front of the shirt. The foundation was set up following Adams passing in August 2010, following a short battle with bowl cancer. Its aim is to help give young people the unique opportunity to develop life skills, through the power of football and assist them in their goals of living the dream whilst raising awareness of illnesses caused by bowel cancer.

We were due to host the legends fixture back in May but were unable due to the pandemic outbreak, we hope this gesture of support to the charity goes some way to raising the awareness of the foundation on what is the 10th anniversary of Adams passing.

 

Shop:

This has rightly been a hot topic for supporters over the last couple of months.  However, the delay in starting the season etc has meant our plans to create a new physical and online shop in partnership with Hummel have been deferred. We can confirm however that we have a new online shop being built and we hope that will be launched in the next 10 days. Details of the opening times for the club shop at Huish Park will also be announced at the same time.

 

Staffing situation

Although we are fully geared up for the season it remains the case that some club staff remain on part time or full-time furlough due to the situation with fans not being allowed to be present at games.

Fans will have recently also have seen that Darren Behcet left his role as Goalkeeping Coach to take up a similar role in League One. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Darren for his sterling service to the club and we wish him all the very best for the future.

 

And finally….

Commenting on these changes and the loyalty of Yeovil fans, Scott had this closing message when he said “2020 has been a year of massive changes and our fans have been first class about every adaption we have had to make. A club is nothing without its fans and I sincerely hope my policy of open communication on all of the above matters helps show you how much we appreciate every fan’s fantastic support and adaptability in these difficult times.

Because of the genuine partnership between the club and fans over the last six months, tomorrow we can look forward to seeing the season finally start. Thank you for your support and I hope you all enjoy the game tomorrow.

Best Regards

 Scott

NATIONAL LEAGUE STATEMENT | Commencement of 2020/21 season

Further to a meeting of its Board of Directors earlier today, the following update is issued on behalf of The National League:

In recent weeks, The National League and The Football Association have been engaged with Government to address the revenue shortfall expected by member clubs caused by the pause to the safe return of spectators.

The National League has now received confirmation of significant financial grant-aid support from the Government to compensate clubs for essential revenue lost from fans not returning in October, and has communicated with its member clubs to provide reassurance ahead of the season start.

The 2020/21 National League season will now commence on 3 October as planned with clubs playing ‘behind closed doors’ in compliance with the elite sport protocols.

 

TRANSFER | Town swoop for goalkeeper Palmer

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the signing of Harry Palmer for the upcoming season.

The shotstopper, who has enjoyed a number of outings for the Glovers in pre-season, now signs on in Somerset for our National League campaign.

Palmer has worked his way through the ranks in non-league, mainly playing in the South-East of England, turning out for Ebbsfleet United last season, with stints at Dorking, Canvey Island, Lewes and Haringey Borough beforehand.

The 25-year old now arrives in Somerset to provide competition within the goalkeeping department.

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Speaking after securing Harry’s signature, manager Darren Sarll said:

“Harry’s determination and willingness throughout his period on trial made it impossible not to try and work something out for him to stay here.

“He has come in and fit perfectly within a group of characters which aren’t always the easiest to settle around, I’m delighted to have him here.”

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

CARVERY | Sunday 11th October

There’s another opportunity to enjoy a Sunday roast at Huish Park on Sunday 11th October. 

Serving from 12pm to 3pm, children (under 11s) can enjoy a Sunday lunch for £6.95 with adult portions available for £10.95.

Booking is essential – please call 07717007966 to avoid disappointment. 

CLUB STATEMENT | An update from Scott Priestnall

It’s clearly a difficult time for our football club and sector, and I believe it’s important you as supporters are kept informed and understand the situation as it develops.

We as a league are still campaigning for the government to allow supporters into stadiums but it now seems highly unlikely, at least in the short term. I have always been an advocate for government measures to minimise the risk of this virus to human life and nothing has changed my opinion. I do, however, feel very disappointed that the government took the action it did without seeing the outcome of the test events that were run last week. We proved that you can run events in stadiums in a responsible way, with a reduced capacity, while still being able to enjoy a key local community event.

There is no doubt that football matches without supporters is financial unviable, not just at our level but I would think throughout the whole football pyramid. We as a club are no different and without supporters, we will not be able to operate our business. Our lost revenues will be circa £1.3m. To this end, the government have said they will look to provide a financial support package specifically for clubs in the National League System. We eagerly await a proposal, which I know key personnel on the National League board are working hard towards.

I know many of you who have bought season tickets or crowdfunder packages for this coming season will want to know what our next steps are. Whilst we await the government’s final thoughts and potential proposal, we are working on a streaming platform and other ideas, so once we know where we are with government I will liaise with the Supporter’s Alliance group and provide options to you all. I will communicate again to you later this week.

Finally, I would like to again record my thanks for your phenomenal support over the last few months – your backing in all sorts of different ways really does help the club and is a real boost to Darren, Terry and the team. 

Continue to be safe. 

CLUB NEWS | AFC Bournemouth friendly to be streamed for free

Yeovil Town supporters can tune in to our behind closed doors friendly against AFC Bournemouth (26th September, 3pm) for free on our YouTube channel.

Catch all the action live from Huish Park, with the stream kicking off at 2:50pm.

Keep an eye out on the club’s social media for links to the live stream once it goes live.

Alternatively, make sure you’re subscribed to the YouTube channel with notifications turned on to receive an alert on your phone once the stream is active.

National League Statement | Update on Commencement of 2020/21 Season

Following a meeting of its Board of Directors this afternoon, the following update is issued on behalf of The National League:

In recognition of the financial uncertainty facing its member clubs, The National League is actively engaged with Government, with the assistance of The Football Association, to secure a critical financial support package, and it is hoped this can be announced very soon.

It is imperative the revenue shortfall caused by the pause to the safe return of spectators is responsibly addressed so each club can operate sustainably over the course of the forthcoming season.

 

 

 

Notes:

The National League has currently set the start date of the 2020/21 season as 3 October, which is when Vanarama National League clubs are due to play their first league match and Vanarama National League North and Vanarama National League South clubs are involved in the Second Qualifying of The FA Cup.

The National League is the FA affiliated governing body for football clubs who play in the fifth and sixth tiers of the English league pyramid system. It comprises 67 professional and semi-professional football clubs organised into 3 divisions: the Vanarama National League, Vanarama National League North and Vanarama National League South.

Rest in peace, Terry McConnon

Everybody at Yeovil Town is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former player Terry McConnon.

Terry (pictured top row, far right), played for the Glovers across two seasons, scoring 39 goals in 54 appearances in green and white.

The club would like to send our condolences to Terry’s family at this difficult time.

SIGNING | Ryan Burke signs on loan

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the capture of defender Ryan Burke on loan from Birmingham City until January 17th.

Originally from Ireland, Burke played for Crumlin United and later St.Patrick’s Athletic before a successful trial in the ‘Second City’ in 2017.

The full-back has enjoyed a number of successful years within the Blues academy, earning a professional contract and making his first team debut in the Championship last season as a substitute against Stoke City.

Burke signs for the Glovers in the hunt for first team football, and when he heard Town were interested, it was an easy decision for the 19-year old: “I was looking to go out on loan and when I heard Yeovil were interested in me, I was delighted.

“The first thing I thought was I want to get down there right away and just get playing.

“It’s a great club, great stadium, and I hear there’s a great set of fans too so I’m really looking forward to getting started.”

Everyone at Yeovil Town Football Club wishes Ryan all the best during his spell in Somerset.

CLUB NEWS | Yeovil Town fans to return to Huish Park

Yeovil Town F.C. are delighted to confirm that our friendly against Bath City will now be played in front of 1,000 fans at Huish Park.

In order to complete thorough preparations, the match will now be played on Tuesday 22nd September, kicking off at 7:45pm.

For fans to be able to attend National League fixtures from October 3rd onwards, it is vital that social distancing measures are in place and are strictly followed by all fans in attendance on Tuesday evening.

News on how you can purchase tickets for the fixture will be issued shortly.

 

Please note events are limited to up to 1,000 fans and will be staged in accordance with government and Sports Ground Safety Authority guidance on social distancing, and subject to local safety advisory group approval.

NATIONAL LEAGUE STATEMENT | Safe Return of Spectators to Football Matches

The Chairman of the National League, Brian Barwick, has today written to The Rt Hon Oliver Dowden CBE MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to ask the Government to carefully consider how its pending decision on the return of fans to football grounds will affect its clubs, their employees, and local communities.

The National League has also asked the Government for permission to commence the new season on 3 October with fans in attendance with social distancing and other Covid secure measures in place.

Since the onset of the pandemic, the National League has closely adhered to Government policy and fully recognises the overwhelming necessity to protect people’s health and well- being. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 17 July that Government intended to bring back audiences in stadia from October each club has started to prepare for the 2020- 21 season. The National League has set the start date as 3 October, which is when 24 clubs would be due to play their first league match and a further 43 clubs are involved FA Cup ties.

In readiness for the safe return of spectators, National League clubs have calculated their ground’s new socially-distanced capacity. Whilst crowds could be accommodated up to a level of 20-30% of each stadium’s normal capacity in accordance with the Sports Grounds Safety Authority guidance, the National League has asked the Government to allow up to 1,000 spectators in all grounds from October as a temporary solution that is validated by the Government’s approved pilot events conducted in September.

Brian Barwick commented, “The National League restart depends upon crowds being allowed back in stadiums as live attendance is our clubs’ largest source of income. The Government urgently needs to set out a credible pathway for the safe return of supporters, and to ensure our football clubs can continue to function, and to perform their significant role in the sporting life of the country. We are proud to be a national competition with strong local connections.”

 

CLUB NEWS | Opening Day clash to be televised

Yeovil Town will kick-off the National League season in front BT Sport’s cameras, showcasing our opening day clash with Kings Lynn Town.

Kicking off at 5:20pm, supporters can watch the clash at the Walks Stadium from the comfort of their own home, live on BT Sport.

Full National League statement:

The National League and BT Sport are delighted to announce no fewer than 14 live matches as we gear up for the return of football in little over three weeks’ time.

Following the release of the 2020-21 fixtures on Tuesday, BT Sport have confirmed their selections for the first three months of the new campaign, with every team appearing on BT Sport.

BT Sport are once again fully committed to their incredible coverage of the Vanarama National League with the season’s first month seeing six exclusively live matches.

Their seventh year bringing the action to life begins with one of the league’s new boys on the opening day.

King’s Lynn Town and Yeovil Town raise the curtain on October 3 and the match at The Walks gets underway at 5.20pm.

Four days later it’s Meadow Lane as National League North play-off winners Altrincham head to Notts County kicking off at 7.45pm.

The games in the first four weeks come thick and fast. On Saturday October 10, it’s Aldershot Town’s turn to host a televised clash as returning Macclesfield Town fall under the camera’s gaze.

Wrexham vs Maidenhead United follows just two days later – the Monday night action comes from the Racecourse, before a big one between promotion hopefuls as Chesterfield and Stockport County do battle on Saturday October 17.

The month concludes with Torquay United’s visit to Hartlepool United.

November starts with Notts County facing Stockport County, before a first ever trip to Weymouth for a league match for BT Sport with Wrexham arriving in Dorset.

Wealdstone are in the spotlight on Saturday November 21 for their derby with Sutton United, with December starting at Weymouth with FC Halifax Town’s visit.

Solihull Moors v Bromley is the selected game a week later, with Dover Athletic and Dagenham & Redbridge offering a festive fix on Boxing Day.

The final game of 2020 is Woking’s home fixture with Eastleigh on December 28, followed by the New Year beginning at Barnet as Boreham Wood make the short trip to the Hive on January 2.

Live BT Sport match selections (kick-off time):

Saturday October 3 King’s Lynn Town v Yeovil Town (17:20)

Wednesday October 7 Notts County v Altrincham (19:45)

Saturday October 10 Aldershot Town v Macclesfield Town (17:20)

Monday October 12 Wrexham v Maidenhead United (19:45)

Saturday October 17 Chesterfield v Stockport County (17:20)

Saturday October 31 Hartlepool United v Torquay United (17:20)

Tuesday November 10 Notts County v Stockport County (19:45)

Saturday November 14 Weymouth v Wrexham (17:20)

Saturday November 21 Wealdstone v Sutton United (17:20)

Saturday December 5 Weymouth v FC Halifax Town (17:20)

Saturday December 12 Solihull Moors v Bromley (17:20)

Saturday December 26 Dover Athletic v Dagenham & Redbridge (17:20)

Monday December 28 Woking v Eastleigh (TBC)

Saturday January 2 Barnet v Boreham Wood (17:20)

CLUB NEWS | Enjoy a Sunday roast at Huish Park

There’s another opportunity to enjoy a Sunday roast at Huish Park on Sunday 27th September. 

Serving from 12pm to 3pm, children (under 11s) can enjoy a Sunday lunch for £6.95 with adult portions available for £10.95.

Booking is essential – please call 07717007966 to avoid disappointment. 

TRANSFER | Leadbitter signs on loan

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the signing of Daniel Leadbitter on loan from Newport County until the end of the season.

The right-back who has vast experience within the EFL with Bristol Rovers and Torquay, arrives to bolster Town’s defensive options.

Graduating from Newcastle’s academy in 2011, Leadbitter ventured southbound in the hunt for first team football, signing for Torquay United whilst the club were in League Two.

More recently, Leadbitter signed for Bristol Rovers in the 2014/15 season as the club bounced back to the Football League at the first time of asking.

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Speaking after confirming his signature with the club, Daniel said “It’s really good to be here. Coming in and meeting the lads, seeing the atmosphere in the changing room, it seems really positive and that there’s a good group of lads here.”

The new loanee was already familiar with the club, being friends with Adam Smith who gave a glowing report; “He (Adam) raves about the place, he loves coming to work every day, well he doesn’t see it as work, none of us do.

“He loves coming here, and that sold it to me.”

Everybody at Yeovil Town would like to wish Leadbitter all the best during his time in Somerset.

NEW CONTRACT | Collins & Wilkinson lead by example

Yeovil Town’s defensive partnership Lee Collins and Luke Wilkinson are building from the back in more ways than one, signing contract extensions for an extra year with no additional financial incentives, protecting your clubs’ future.

Collins and Wilkinson both enjoyed successful debut seasons for the Glovers with Wilkinson even featuring the Non-League Paper’s team of the season.

These extensions highlight the club’s the club’s motto; ‘Achieve by Unity’ more than ever, with the foundations of any team being the central defensive pairing, their example showcases what this crop of players feels about Yeovil Town F.C.

Desperate to remain at the club and lead this club back into the Football League, both defenders committed to the club with no additional financial incentives.

Club captain Collins, settled into his role as the prevailing voice amongst players in the dressing room expertly, producing commanding performances on a weekly basis.

On leading by example, Collins said: “I love being captain, it doesn’t make me any different to the rest of the boys, I’ve just have to maintain standards 24/7.

“I’ve been captain at my last four, maybe five clubs so it’s not new to me, I know what comes with this responsibility. There’s a lot of leaders in that dressing room alongside me so I’m not alone.”

There were many stand-out moments for the Glovers last season, and nobody was more involved in them than Luke Wilkinson. From donning the goalkeeper gloves at Solihull away, to scoring a sumptuous free kick against Wrexham at Huish Park.

On the importance of his starting defenders, manager Darren Sarll said; “They’re the bedrock of our football team. They’re two hugely important players.

“The real pride for me as their employer is that they wanted to be here, especially as there’s no financial gain in that extension. They just wanted to spend more time at Yeovil, that is unbelievably rare in this day and age.

“As long as their performances stay up there, they’re going to be the heartbeat of this football team.”  

Collins, who began his career in the Wolves academy, has achieved one promotion in his career with Hereford in 2008 and will be vying for his second with Yeovil in the upcoming National League season.

It’s a similar story for Wilkinson whose sole promotion was in the division below with Dartford in 2012, on the thought of leading Yeovil to promotion the central defender stated it would be the ‘highlight of his football career.’

Yeovil Town are delighted that both Collins and Wilkinson have extended their deals with the club and wish the all the best during their extended tenure in Somerset.

CLUB NEWS | Priestnall Appointed to National League Board

Yeovil Town Chairman Scott Priestnall has joined the Board of the National League, after his nomination was confirmed at last week’s League AGM.

Scott who was nominated for the position by two existing Directors of the league, has been a high-profile advocate for innovation in League operations and his confirmation as a Director is being interpreted as a very proactive step.

Commenting Scott said “I am very honoured to have been nominated and I look forward to working with the board to help drive the league commercially and aid clubs through this season after what has been a difficult time for everyone.”

Scott took part in his first full Board meeting this week.

Key Dates Confirmed For Vanarama National League Season 2020/21

The new Vanarama National League season is edging ever closer.

With the excitement starting to build we are delighted to announce the key dates for your diary.

This year’s highly anticipated fixture release will be on Tuesday 8th September at 1pm.

The season begins in just over a months’ time. The National League clubs will get things underway on Saturday 3rd October.

National League North and South sides will be in FA Cup action that day – and their battle for points kicks off with a midweek programme days later. Because of the later than usual start, the league season will conclude on Saturday 29th May.

The play-offs for each division will take place over the first three weekends of June. The festive period is always crucial to supporters and there will of course be a full Boxing Day offering on Saturday 26th December.
Games will also be scheduled for Monday 28th December, with the first match of 2021 pencilled in for Saturday 2ndJanuary.

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

TRANSFER | Myles Hippolyte departs Huish Park

Yeovil Town can confirm the departure of Myles Hippolyte to Scunthorpe United for an undisclosed fee.

The midfielder arrived on a free transfer from Dunfermline Athletic last summer and netted five times for the Glovers.

After making 37 appearances for Town last season, Hippolyte now moves to Glanford Park on a permanent basis.

All at Yeovil Town would like to thank Myles for his services during his time in Somerset and wish him all the best in the future.

CLUB NEWS | Commemorative painting to be auctioned

In celebration of our 125th anniversary, Yeovil Town will be auctioning a commemorative painting of Huish Park.

Capturing our home under the lights on a dusky evening, this unique piece of Yeovil Town memorabilia is not to be missed!

Donated by club director Glenn Collis, the painting is signed at the back by all members of the first team squad. 

To place your bid for this one of a kind item, please email info@ytfc.net with your bid amount and contact details. 

TRANSFER | Jimmy Smith returns to Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the permanent signing of Jimmy Smith.

After an extremely successful loan spell which saw the attacking midfielder score five goals in 20 appearances, Jimmy now returns to Huish Park on a one-year deal.

A stand-out performer for the Glovers last season, Jimmy built a great relationship with the Huish Park faithful due to his performances in Green and White. Many Yeovil fans had been hopeful the midfielder would return, which the club are now delighted to confirm.

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After being released by Crawley Town at the end of the 2018/19 season, Jimmy is now free to extend his spell in Somerset on a permanent basis.

Speaking to YTTV after signing, Jimmy said: “It feels great to be back. I enjoyed my time here last year on loan, it’s great to be back here permanently.

“It’s far from my home, but I’m willing to make that sacrifice, I believe in what’s going on here and what the manager’s doing, I want to buy into that.

“The fan base here is unbelievable, so many of them travel for away games, and it’s some distance as well. We’ve had 1,000 at away games and more fans than the home support so it’s fantastic!”  

 

  

CLUB NEWS | Historic 2020/21 home kit launched

Yeovil Town are delighted to reveal the eagerly anticipated 125th anniversary hummel kit for the 2020/21 season.

Designed in conjunction with the Danish sportswear giant, the shirt dons the club motto, ‘Achieve by Unity.’ An all-green colourway celebrates the kits of years gone by, whilst building for an even brighter future utilising a modern design.

Commenting club director Glenn Collis said, “Working with hummel on the design of the 125th Anniversary kit has been fantastic. 

“The home kit embodies our core value of ‘Achieve by Unity’ with a modern twist, whilst paying respects to the history of our amazing club and supporters in our 125th anniversary year.”

News on how you can purchase the shirt will be revealed in the near future – those who purchased Crowdfunder packages of the new shirt will be the first to receive the brand-new shirt.

The kit sponsorship details will be confirmed in due course.

TRANSFER | Jack Clarke joins on loan

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the loan signing of Jack Clarke from Aston Villa.

After a number of successful seasons in the Villans’ academy, Clarke now ventures to Somerset, signing for the full 2020/21 season for his first taste of senior football.

A dynamic midfielder by trade, Clarke has featured in all the positions across the middle of the park in recent seasons, but describes himself as a ‘box-to-box midfielder’.

Speaking to YTTV after signing, Clarke said “I’m buzzing to be here, I can’t wait to get started. I got the call last week from Darren (Sarll), he was really positive with me about the project that’s happening here, hopefully getting this club into the league.

“I’ve been at Aston Villa since I was eight, I’m trying to get some first team minutes and experience round the dressing room. I’ve met all the lads and they seem really positive, so I just can’t wait!”

Everybody at Yeovil Town wishes Jack all the best during his loan spell at Huish Park. 

CLUB NEWS | Yeovil Town join forces with hummel as our kit & retail partner

Yeovil Town are delighted to be joining forces with hummel as our kit partner for the 2020/21 season. 

The Glovers will work hand in hand with the Danish sportswear giant to create kits and training gear for the next five seasons which encapsulates the culture and history of Yeovil Town. 

In the coming weeks, the new season’s kits will be unveiled which act as a tribute to our 125th anniversary as a football club. 

Alongside producing the latest Yeovil Town gear, hummel will now be our retail partner, assisting the production of the brand new online shop. 

Commenting Club Director Glenn Collis said: “We are very excited to be becoming a part of the hummel family. Forming a long lasting partnership to deliver the highest quality products to the club and our amazing supporters has always been paramount.”

Commercial Director of hummel Neil Burke also commented; “We are very excited to partner Yeovil Town FC, over the next few years we look forward to providing players and loyal fans with exceptional products.”

CLUB UPDATE | The latest developments at Huish Park

As it was so well received previously by the Green and White Army, the club has decided to issue another general update on all things off the field at Huish Park. The latest answers to fan’s FAQs are:

Summary of current club operations

It remains the case that the vast majority of staff are on furlough of one type or another. Some have been on furlough completely for several months, others are now on part time furlough as the system allows, but in many cases, this is only one day a week. This means club office operations are still much more limited than normal and we do not see that situation changing for a number of weeks.

Our media volunteer and elements of our reduced size Academy continue are operating full time. Also, Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust continues to do great work in engaging with our community.

The club has been in regular communications with the Chairman of the Supporters Alliance over the last few months and hope to have a meeting with the full Alliance Committee in mid-September.

All senior playing staff are in their closed season but will return to preseason training next week. Our Academy players are now also back in training.

Crowdfunder

The club is immensely grateful for the fantastic support the fans gave to the Crowdfunder.

As previously mentioned, the club can confirm it has now received the Crowdfunder monies and has moved on to step two of the process which is contacting everyone who bought packages via the Crowdfunder to both thank them and explain how matters will move forward with their particular package. This process has now been completed.

The 10% contribution to the Yeovil Hospital Charity will be made at the first home league game of the 2020/21 season.

Other Fundraising activities

One of the most impressive parts of the support fans have given the club over the last few months in addition to the Crowdfunder is the fans who have helped out in other ways, such as the virtual pint, arranging their own fundraising activities, declining refunds on ticket or season tickets and even in some cases simply writing into the club with donation cheques. The club is determined that everyone who helped out in these ways (or via the Crowdfunder) should be thanked and is currently looking at ways this can be done given the numbers of people involved (over 400 we estimate) and the current restrictions on social gathering.

New Season Start Date

The National League anticipates the League programme will start on 3 October and will end on 29 May 2021 (with play offs in early June).

As mentioned previously capacity for league games at Huish Park early in the season will be significantly reduced due to government restrictions and a new spectators code of conduct will be produced to help us provide supporters with basic information they will need in order to return to Huish Park and a maximise capacity.

Via a proactive partnership with our fans, YTFC are committed to hosting games as safely as possible.

Ticketing & Season Tickets

The recent survey of season ticket holders was very well supported – over 600 responses were received so thank you for your support. Those answers have enabled us to shape our plans for hosting games with reduced capacities at the beginning of next season.

The reshaping has meant a delay in putting season tickets on sale, but they will be available from early September (watch out for a fuller story on this matter next week).

Following a request from the Supporters Alliance the club is setting up arrangement with a finance partner so fans can spread the payments for season ticket if they wish (subject to terms and conditions).

General enquiries regarding tickets can be made via ticketoffice@ytfc.net 

Club Shop

The stock in the club shop has been reduced to an absolute minimum ahead of a major overhaul for the start of the 2020/21 season. Fans next season can expect to see an improved range of stock as well a long overdue new club shop website.

For these reasons the club website is offline, and the shop remains closed to visitors, but the club does have temporary measures in place so fans can order any remaining items. More information on this is available HERE.

Pre-season games at Huish Park

At this time, we understand any home friendly would have to be behind closed doors. It is likely that there will be only one home friendly at the end of September.

Special Playoff Kit

This has now sold out.

Playoff Banners

Some of the fan banners the club displayed at the recent playoff game still remain to be collected. These can be collected from the club office (10am to 4pm, Monday to Fridays).

Next Season’s new kit

The new 125th Anniversary Kit is being produced currently and is anticipated to be made available for pre-sale at the end of August.

Player Update

The list of players currently contracted with the club for next season is: Carl Dickinson, Lee Collins, Lawson D’Ath, Courtney Duffus, Myles Hippolyte, Alex John, Charlie Lee, Rhys Murphy, Gabby Rogers, Adam Smith (loan), Albi Skendi, Josh Staunton, Luke Wilkinson and Matthew Worthington.

Face In The Crowd

Thank-you for your support of our ‘Face In The Crowd’ campaign for our play off fixture against Barnet, in purchasing your cut out you have supported your club and we are incredibly grateful.

Fans who purchased cut outs now have two options. If you would like to collect your cardboard cut-out, please contact Mark Robinson on mrobinson@ytfc.net to arrange this. Alternatively if fans choose to leave their cut out at Huish Park we will redeploy in the main stand for the new season and leave them in place until all capacity restrictions have been lifted (at which point fans will be able to collect them using the same contact point).

Club Lottery

The club lottery continues as normal, with the exception of door to door collections which are still suspended. For more information please see https://www.ytfc.net/commercial/lottery/

Private Members Draw

Unfortunately, the normal match day draws have not been possible, so additional draws will take place when games return until the correct number of draws is reached.

Pitch Maintenance  

Closed season pitch maintenance started on 24 July and will finish later this month.

Prizes the Club Has Promised to donate to support fan fundraising activities

Over the last few months, the club agreed to support individual fans fund raising activities with prizes, in some case season tickets for the 2020/21 season for example. Organisers of these competitions are asked to email ticketoffice@ytfc.net to confirm the contact details of the winners. Once these are received the winners will be contacted by the club.

And finally…

Thank you once again for your outstanding support, fundraising and patience.

PRE-SEASON | Four fixtures confirmed

Yeovil Town are pleased to confirm our first four friendlies for the upcoming our 2020 pre-season.

The Glovers will kick things off with a trip northbound to face Albi Skendi’s former side Stratford Town F.C.

The week following, it’s a more local affair for the Glovers, following Darren Sarll’s aim for a localised pre-season, Town travel to fellow Somerset side Frome F.C.

A trip to the seaside is also on the cards for the Green and Whites as Weston-Super-Mare will host Sarll’s men in early September.

In the final of our four confirmed fixtures, old rivalries will be reignited with a trip to Jerry Gill’s Bath City F.C.

In line with recent announcements sides competing at Step 3 and below of the National League system can host friendlies with a limited number of fans in attendance. Further ticketing details for each fixture that can have fans in attendance (Stratford, Frome, Weston) will be issued in the build-up to each game.

That’s not all for the Green Army in terms of pre-season preparations, further pre-season fixtures will be confirmed in due course.

Full schedule so far:

Saturday 29th August – Stratford Town F.C. – 1:30pm

Friday 4th September – Frome F.C. – 7:30pm

Tuesday 8th September – Weston-Super-Mare – 7pm

Saturday 19th September – Bath City – 3pm

PLAY-OFF SHIRTS | Winning Bids Confirmed

After a successful auction, Yeovil Town can confirm bidding has now closed in the play-off shirt auction.

Congratulations to all the winners (listed below) and thank you to all those that took part, the club will be in contact with winners shortly with delivery information. 

Jimmy Smith – Chris Medland

Charlie Lee  – Ryan Robertson

Albi Skendi – Stuart Hughes

Carl Dickinson – Ben Lloyd

Miles Hippolyte  – Martin Drew

Courtney Duffus – Linda Hansford

 

PLAY-OFF SHIRTS | Bid Update

The latest bids are in for the match-worn Yeovil Town play-off shirts.

As it stands, the current bids are:

Carl Dickinson £100

Albi Skendi £100

Charlie Lee £65

Jimmy Smith £61

Myles Hippolyte £100

Courtney Duffus £140

 

To make a bid, please email info@ytfc.net with the shirt you would like to bid for, bid amount and your contact details.

The deadline for bids is at noon this Friday! Act fast so you don’t miss out!

TRANSFER | Shotstopper Smith secured

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm an extended deal for Adam Smith to sign from Forest Green Rovers for the upcoming season.

Making five appearances across two loan spells, Smith now extends his time in Somerset.

Prior to his time at Yeovil, Smith had enjoyed stints within the Football League with Bristol Rovers, Forest Green Rovers and Northampton Town whom he won promotion from League Two with, earning himself a spot in the 2014/15 League 2 PFA Team of the Year along the way.

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Speaking to YTTV, the new number one couldn’t wait to be back: “I’m buzzing to get everything sorted and get back into the swing of things.

“We had a little taste of it about a month ago, I just can’t wait to be back in now.”

Smith will know he has the full confidence of Darren Sarll, who was delighted to secure his signature for the season: “Adam is first and foremost a really brilliant character.

“We have a great faith that we can drag that little bit extra out of him, now is a really good time for that as he’s had some indifferent experiences.

“We feel now he’s at his most hungry and urgent to have a good year, so I’m really pleased we can get him in.”

Everybody at Yeovil Town wishes Adam all the best during his time at Huish Park.

CLUB NEWS | Tom Bradbury departs Huish Park

Yeovil Town can confirm that Tom Bradbury has left the club following the mutual termination of his contract.

The departing defender made 19 appearances in the National League for Town, scoring twice against Sutton United and Hampton & Richmond Borough in the FA Trophy.

Everybody at Yeovil Town would like to wish Tom all the best in the future.

TRANSFER | Summer recruitment begins as Josh Staunton is signed

Yeovil Town are delighted to complete the signing of defender Josh Staunton.

Signing on a free transfer from fellow National League side Halifax Town, Staunton becomes Darren Sarll’s first addition of the 2020/21 season as preparations begin to ramp up.

Starting his career within the youth ranks at Gillingham, the top tier of non-league football is where Staunton has made his name, playing for both Dagenham and Redbridge and Woking before joining Halifax in 2018.

Last season, Staunton was an ever-present for Halifax, taking part in every game for Pete Wild’s Shaymen.

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Now moving to Somerset, the 24-year old is raring to go for the season ahead: “I’m really excited. It’s been a long time without real football, getting back in amongst a dressing room and getting ready for the season, it can’t come soon enough!

“It will be really nice to have fans back in the stadiums too, I know playing here, it was a good atmosphere, I look forward to it being on my side rather than against me!”

All at Yeovil Town welcome Josh to the club and wish him all the best during his time in Somerset.

CLUB NEWS | Play-off shirt update

The all-green Macron shirt worn for our play-off fixture against Barnet has now sold out.

However, six match-worn shirts remain, available to the highest bidder.

As it stands, the current bids are:

Dickinson £100

Skendi £60

Duffus £125

Hippolyte £100

J.Smith (No bid, min £60)

C.Lee (No bid, min £60)

To place a bid for one of the shirts, please email info@ytfc.net, with your bid amount and contact details.

Bidding will close at noon on the 21st August.

 

 

CLUB NEWS | Receive professional standard goalkeeper coaching through the Elite Player Development Programme

The latest set of trials for the Yeovil Town Elite Player Development Programme in partnership with Yeovil College are just around the corner, offering aspiring footballers in Year 12 and 13 BTEC students to continue their full-time education within a professional football environment. 

Successful trialists will be taught by Yeovil Town staff, one of those being first team goalkeeping coach Darren Behcet, who will work with the goalkeepers on an individual basis throughout the scheme.

Behcet, who has experience working with goalkeepers at all ages from academy to professional first team level, will bring that experience to the 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 at Huish Park:

 Tuesday 18th of August – 14:00  

Tuesday 25th of August – 14:00 

Tuesday 1st of September – 14:00  

Tuesday 8th of September – 14:00  

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

NEWS | Play-off shirt available for purchase

Yeovil Town fans can now purchase replica Macron produced play-off shirts.

The all green design worn for our fixture against Barnet is available for £40 (plus £4 postage and packaging.)

These shirts are only available on a limited release (until 5pm 21st August), meaning once they’re gone, they’re gone!

To purchase, please email info@ytfc.net with your size, contact and delivery details.

Six match-worn shirts from the play-off fixture are also available for bidding. The shirts that are available are: J.Smith, C.Dickinson, C.Duffus, A.Skendi, M.Hippolyte and C.Lee.

To bid for one of these shirts, please email info@ytfc.net with your contact and delivery details, the minimum bid on each shirt is £60.

Updates on the latest bid on each shirt will be regularly posted on ytfc.net. Bidding will close at noon on 21stAugust.

 

CONTRACT | Experienced duo Carl Dickinson and Charlie Lee remain at Huish Park

Darren Sarll has bolstered his Yeovil Town squad, signing Carl Dickinson and Charlie Lee to new contracts for the upcoming season.

Making 66 first team appearances between them last season, both return as vital members of the Glovers squad.

Lee, who was promoted from the National League with Leyton Orient in 2018/19, played more minutes than any other Glover last campaign.

Speaking to YTTV, the midfielder said; “I’m really pleased to get sorted for next season, it’s been a tough time for everyone. It’s nice to get another year at the club and I’m really looking forward to getting going.

“Last season was as much fun as I’ve ever had, when I joined, I was moving far from home and didn’t really know too many people here, but I had an amazing season and loved every minute of it.”

To watch to Charlie’s full interview click HERE

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Dickinson, entering his third season as a Yeovil Town player has his sights set on another positive season, but acknowledged it will be a tough challenge.

Speaking to YTTV, the experienced full-back said; “Next season will be even tougher. We’ve got a squad to come back to on the first day and we’ve set our own standards so the pressure will come from ourselves this year.

“The fans will have their expectations too so we know where we’ve got to be.”

To watch Carl’s full interview click HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday 18th of August – 14:00  

Tuesday 25th of August – 14:00 

Tuesday 1st of September – 14:00  

Tuesday 8th of September – 14:00  

 

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

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

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

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

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CLUB UPDATE | Answering your FAQs

During the last few months, the Green and White army have been consistently brilliant, both in terms of fundraising for the club and general backing for YTFC.

We acknowledge that due to the impact of Covid-19 club operations have not functioned as normal since March, so we also thank all our fans both for their patience and understanding.

To answer some fans FAQs we thought it would be helpful to issue this general update as follows:

Summary of current club operations

The vast majority of staff are on furlough of one type or another. Some have been on furlough completely for several months, others are now on part time furlough as the system allows, but in many cases, this is only one day a week. This means club office operations are still much more limited than normal and we do not see that situation changing for a number of weeks.

Our media volunteer and some elements of our reduced size Academy continue to operate full time. Also, Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust continues to do great work in engaging with our community.

All playing staff are in their closed season.

Crowdfunder

The club is immensely grateful for the fantastic support the fans gave to the Crowdfunder.

The club can confirm it has now received the Crowdfunder monies, so we can move on to step two of the process which is contacting everyone who bought packages via the Crowdfunder to both thank them and explain how matters will move forward with their particular package. This process will start on Monday but due to the amount of people involved and the limited number of club staff available we do not expect phase two to be completed until 14 August

The 10% contribution to the Yeovil Hospital Charity will be made at the first home league game of the 2020/21 season.

Other Fundraising activities

One of the most impressive parts of the support fans have given the club over the last few months in addition to the Crowdfunder is the fans who have helped out in other ways, such as the virtual pint, arranging their own fundraising activities, declining refunds on ticket or season tickets and even in some cases simply writing into the club with donation cheques. The club is determined that everyone who helped out in these ways (or via the Crowdfunder)  should be thanked and is currently looking at ways this can be done given the numbers of people involved (over 400 we estimate) and the current restrictions on social gathering.

New Season Start Date

The National League anticipates the League programme will start on 3 October and will end on 29 May 2021 (with play offs in early June).

Ticketing & Season Tickets

The club is very grateful for fans who have contacted the club already to donate either unused match tickets or the unused proportion of 2019/20 season tickets. Although the club has been carrying out the process of thanking fans for doing this due to the significant number of people involved (well over 300 fans have contacted the club directly on this matter) we have not been able to reply to them all yet, so if you have not heard from us yet, please do not think the club is ignoring you as we are very grateful. All season ticket holders will however receive a direct update from the club via email next week.

This week the club has been advised that it is likely that the 2020/21 season will likely start on the basis of a significantly reduced capacity basis with home fans only being able to attend games subject to them following strict social distancing requirements. The total reduced capacity of the ground will be dependant on the number of family groups likely to attend so next week we will be surveying all season ticket holders to find out their views on reduced capacity options. This will allow us to assess likely demand from family groups and the degree to which season ticket holders can be flexible (for instance with social distancing rules in place some season ticket holders may not be able to be allocated their ‘normal’ seat next season).

From those responses we will formulate a revised 2020/21 season ticket package which we anticipate will go on sale in the week commencing 17 August.

General enquiries regarding tickets can be made via ticketoffice@ytfc.net

Club Shop

The stock in the club shop has been reduced to an absolute minimum ahead of a major overhaul for the start of the 2020/21 season. Fans next season can expect to see an improved range of stock as well a long overdue new club shop website.

For these reasons the club website is offline and the shop remains closed to visitors, but the club does have temporary measures in place so fans can order any remaining items, more information is available HERE

Pre-season games at Huish Park

At this time we understand these would have to be behind closed doors.

Special Playoff Kit

We apologise for the delay on putting these on sale, however a limited run of the special playoff shirts will go on sale next week (more details will follow on ytfc.net) for a maximum three week period only.

There will also be an opportunity to own six of the shirts actually worn by the squad on the day of the match with Barnet.

Next Season’s new kit

The new 125th Anniversary Kit is being produced currently and is anticipated to be made available for pre-sale at the end of August.

Player Update

Please see our latest update on this matter via this story.

Face In The Crowd

Thank-you for your support of our ‘Face In The Crowd’ campaign for our play off fixture against Barnet, in purchasing your cut out you have supported your club and we are incredibly grateful.

Fans who purchased cut outs now have two options. If you would like to collect your cardboard cut-out, please contact Mark Robinson on mrobinson@ytfc.net to arrange this. Alternatively if fans choose to leave their cut out at Huish Park we will redeploy in the main stand for the new season and leave them in place until all capacity restrictions have been lifted (at which point fans will be able to collect them using the same contact point).

Club Lottery

The club lottery continues as normal, with the exception of door to door collections which are still suspended. For more information please see HERE.

Private Members Draw

Unfortunately, the normal match day draws have not been possible, so additional draws will take place when games return until the correct number of draws is reached.

Pitch Maintenance  

Closed season pitch maintenance started on 24 July and we anticipate that no games will possible at Huish Park until late August at the earliest.

Prizes to Club Has Promised to donate to support fan fundraising activities

Over the last few months, the club agreed to support individual fans fund raising activities with prizes, in some case season tickets for the 2020/21 season for example. Organisers of these competitions are asked to email ticketoffice@ytfc.net to confirm the contact details of the winners. Once these are received the winners will be contacted by the club.

And finally…

Thank you once again, via your support, fundraising and patience – Glovers fans have again shown they are outstanding.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CLUB NEWS | Online store unavailable whilst exciting updates take place

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CLUB NEWS | Supporters Breakfast arranged

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

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

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

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

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