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.