Yeovil Town F.C.

Yeovil Town Football Club is a professional association football club based in the town of Yeovil, Somerset, England. The team compete in the National League, the fifth tier of the English football league system. The club's home ground is Huish Park, built in 1990 on the site of an old army camp and named after their former home, Huish, itself known for its pitch, which had an 8 feet (2.4 m) sideline to sideline slope. The club's nickname "The Glovers" is a reference to the history of glove-making in the town of Yeovil, which became a centre of the industry during the 18th and 19th centuries.[1] The club's affiliated women's team, Yeovil Town W.F.C., compete in the FA Women's National League.

Yeovil Town
Full nameYeovil Town Football Club
Nickname(s)The Glovers
Founded1895 (1895) (as Yeovil Casuals)
GroundHuish Park
Capacity9,565 (5,212 seated)
OwnersScott Priestnall and Errol Pope
ChairmanScott Priestnall
ManagerDarren Sarll
LeagueNational League
2018–19League Two, 24th of 24 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website

Founded in 1895, the club initially joined the Somerset Senior League and competed in a multitude of leagues up until the outbreak of World War II. During this time they won titles in the Southern League, Western League, Bristol Charity League, Dorset District League and Somerset Senior League. They played in the Southern League after the war ended, winning the championship in 1954–55, 1963–64 and 1970–71, before becoming members of the Alliance Premier League from 1979 to 1985. They spent the next three years in the Isthmian League, and were elevated into the Conference after finishing as champions in 1987–88. Relegated in 1995, they were promoted again two years later after winning another Isthmian League title. Yeovil won the 2002 FA Trophy Final and secured a place in the Football League after winning the Conference in 2002–03 under the stewardship of Gary Johnson. They then won the League Two title in 2004–05, before reaching the Championship with victory in the 2013 League One play-off final in Johnson's second spell as manager. However they suffered consecutive relegations, and were relegated once more following the 2018–19 season, ending their 16 season spell in the Football League.

Yeovil are one of the most successful non-league teams in the FA Cup, having defeated major Football League teams, most famously Sunderland in the fourth round in 1949, before going on to play in front of more than 81,000 spectators away at Manchester United in the next round. For some years, as the only Football League side in Somerset, they had few local rivals since Dorset-based side Weymouth declined as Yeovil climbed the divisions in the 1990s and 2000s.

History

Non-League football

Yeovil Football Club was founded in 1890, and shared its ground with the local rugby club for many years. Five years later the current club was founded and named Yeovil Casuals and started playing home games at the Pen Mill Athletic Ground. In 1907 the name Yeovil Town was adopted, which on amalgamation with Petters United became Yeovil and Petters United.[2] The name reverted to Yeovil Town before the 1946–47 season.

The club came to national attention as 'giant-killers' during the 1948–49 FA Cup,[3] in which they defeated Sunderland 2–1 in the fourth round, in front of a record home attendance of 17,000. They were defeated 8–0 in the following round by Manchester United .[4]

Between 1955 and 1973 they were champions of the Southern Football League three times, and runners-up twice.[5] During this period, Yeovil Town applied for election to the Football League on a number of occasions, coming within a few votes of being elected in 1976.[6] In 1979 the Glovers were founder members of the new national non-league division, the Football Conference. In 1985, they were relegated to the Isthmian League. Yeovil won that championship in 1988 and returned to the Conference.

There was success in the Bob Lord Challenge Trophy in 1990 and three years later Yeovil finished fourth in the Conference, their best finish ever.[5] In January 1995, former Weymouth and Spurs player Graham Roberts was appointed manager, but demotion back to the Isthmian League soon followed. Yeovil secured promotion back into the Conference in 1997 after winning the Isthmian League with a record number of points – 101.[5]

Colin Lippiatt became manager for the 1998–99 season and brought Terry Skiverton to the club as a player. Gary Johnson took over as manager in June 2001 and Yeovil won the FA Trophy in his first season in charge with a 2–0 victory over Stevenage Borough in the final at Villa Park – the club's first major trophy.[5] Yeovil Town earned promotion to the Football League in the following season, by winning the Football Conference by a record 17 points margin, accumulating 95 points and scoring 100 goals, remaining unbeaten at Huish Park. Their team included many top players, some of whom went on to play Premier League football. Notable players include Gavin Williams who moved to West Ham United, Lee Johnson, Chris Weale, Darren Way and Adam Lockwood.

Reaching the Football League

Yeovil's first game in the Football League was a 3–1 away win over Rochdale. The Glovers finished their first season in eighth position, and reached the third round of the FA Cup before losing 2–0 at home to Liverpool. Before the game the club released a record sold only in shops in the town: "Yeovil True" reached #36 in the UK Singles Chart.[7] The following season Yeovil finished as champions of League Two with 83 points, earning promotion to League One. Partway through the season the club was sold by Jon Goddard-Watts to David Webb, who took over the role of chief executive from chairman John Fry.

At the beginning of the 2005–06 season manager Gary Johnson left Yeovil for Bristol City. He was replaced by his assistant Steve Thompson and Kevin Hodges was appointed as his number two. At the season's end Thompson was demoted to first-team coach and he was replaced by Russell Slade. Around this time John Fry had bought all Dave Webb's share of the club, becoming Yeovil Town's new owner.[8] They again reached the fourth round of the FA Cup and were drawn away against Charlton Athletic, then in the Premier League, to whom they lost 3–2.[9]

Yeovil finished the 2006–07 season in fifth position, qualifying for the League One play-offs. In the semi-final Yeovil beat Nottingham Forest in the two-legged match 5–4 on aggregate, after losing the first home leg 2–0.[10][11] Yeovil met Blackpool at Wembley Stadium in the final, but were beaten 2–0.

The 2007–08 was less successful, as Yeovil finished 18th in League One with 52 points. Russell Slade continued as Yeovil manager into the 2008–09 season, but he left the position in February 2009.[12] After one game with assistant manager Steve Thompson acting as caretaker manager, club captain Terry Skiverton was announced as manager until the end of the 2009–10 season, with Nathan Jones as his assistant.[13] The duo had to wait seven games before their first victory, which came against Swindon Town. The 1–0 victory was vital considering Swindon were also flirting with relegation and it started a good run of form with two more wins and a draw against difficult opposition. Yeovil secured their League One status with a 1–1 draw against Tranmere Rovers on Saturday 25 April, an achievement which may not have been possible without the loan of Jonathon Obika from Tottenham Hotspur. It was Obika's four goals that kept Yeovil up. At the end of the season, Terry Skiverton had to discuss contracts with players such as Terrell Forbes and Lee Peltier.

Yeovil made a good start to the 2009–10 season with a 2–0 win over Tranmere but then went seven league games without a win. After this they went six games unbeaten including victories over Brentford, Carlisle United and Bristol Rovers before this was ended by a 4–0 drubbing away at leaders Leeds United, on 31 October 2009. The return of Gavin Williams, on a loan spell from Bristol City, helped Yeovil to end the season strongly.

Yeovil's first half of the 2010–11 season was poor and the club were bottom of the table at Christmas. However, new signings including Max Ehmer and Paul Wotton helped turn the season around starting with an unbeaten run in January; Terry Skiverton was nominated for Manager of the Month and Paul Huntington, who had scored three goals during the month, won Player of the Month.[14] In March, Yeovil recorded their highest away league victory with a 5–1 win over Leyton Orient. A six-match unbeaten run at the end of the season including wins over Notts County, Colchester United and Carlisle United helped Yeovil finish the season in 14th, their second-highest league finish. Dean Bowditch was again Yeovil's top scorer with 15 goals (seven in the last two months of the season) and Andy Welsh, who moved onto Carlisle United at the end of the season, finished with the most assists.[15]

The 2011–12 season again started poorly, and Yeovil found themselves in the relegation zone at Christmas for the second consecutive season, and this prompted a change of manager. On 9 January 2012, the club announced the re-appointment of Gary Johnson, with former manager Terry Skiverton becoming assistant. Yeovil made their best ever start in the 2012–13 season, picking up 10 points from their first four games. However the unbeaten run came to an end on 8 September as they suffered a 1–0 home defeat at the hands of local rivals Bournemouth. Yeovil hosted Premier League side West Bromwich Albion in the second round of the Football League Cup and although they took the lead early on, they ended up losing 4–2 after conceding two late goals from Shane Long and Yassine El Ghanassy. Yeovil finished the 2012–13 season in 4th place, reaching the League One play-offs, they reached the final on 6 May 2013 after a 2–0 home victory against Sheffield United, after a 1–0 loss at Bramall Lane in the first leg. On 19 May 2013, Yeovil defeated Brentford 2–1 in the League One play-off final at Wembley, reaching the second tier for the first time in their history.[16]

Yeovil spent one season in the Championship before suffering an immediate relegation back to League One.[17] The club's struggles continued the following season, manager Gary Johnson being eventually replaced by Paul Sturrock as Yeovil suffered another relegation, returning to League Two for the first time in 10 years.[18]

Recent seasons

Season Division P W D L F A Pts Pos FA Cup League Cup EFL Trophy Name Goals Average attendance
League Top scorer
2014–15 League 1 4610102636754024th R3R1R1 (S) James Hayter
Gozie Ugwu
5 4,342
2015–16 League 24611152043594819th R3R1SF (S) Ryan Bird
Harry Cornick
François Zoko
8 3,936
2016–17 League 24611171849645020th R1R2QF François Zoko13 3,567
2017–18 League 24612122259754819th R4R1SF François Zoko15 2,941
2018–19 League 2 469132441664024th R1R1GS Alex Fisher8 2,953

Rivals

Due to the lack of other large football clubs in Somerset, Yeovil have few strong rivals. Yeovil have their strongest traditional rivalry with Weymouth, dating back to their non-league days.[19] The clubs had been moving in opposite directions in league standings over recent years, being as many as five divisions apart during the 2013–14 season, though Yeovil's subsequent decline means that as of the 2019–20 season they currently sit just one tier apart. However, the two have not met in a competitive match since the 1990s, and the rivalry has thus decreased over the past years. Hereford United were also seen as rivals, before that club's dissolution in 2014, because both clubs were fairly well matched during their time in non-league ranks. Both Bristol Rovers and Bristol City are considered rivals.[20]

In August 2009 Yeovil played Exeter City for the first time in the league, and both clubs have shared a rivalry since. [21] Bournemouth and Swindon Town were also seen as rivals at one stage due to their relatively close geographical proximity.

Players

First-team squad

As of 4 December 2019[22]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 GK Stuart Nelson
2 DF Craig Alcock
3 DF Carl Dickinson
4 DF Lee Collins (captain)
5 MF Jimmy Smith (on loan from Crawley Town)
6 DF Luke Wilkinson
7 MF Matt Worthington
8 MF Lawson D'Ath
9 FW Rhys Murphy
10 FW Gold Omotayo
11 MF Myles Hippolyte
14 FW Courtney Duffus
16 MF Gabriel Rogers
No. Position Player
17 DF Daniel Ojo
18 MF Albi Skendi
19 DF Tom Bradbury
22 MF Olly McCoy (on loan from Birmingham City)
23 MF Tom Whelan
24 DF Remeao Hutton (on loan from Birmingham City)
26 MF Charlie Lee
27 GK Liam O'Brien
28 FW James Tilley (on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion)
29 DF Morgan Williams (on loan from Coventry City)
30 DF Gabriel Osho (on loan from Reading)
33 FW Chris Dagnall

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
15 FW Ryan Seager (at Havant & Waterlooville until January 2020)
20 MF Alex John (at Gosport Borough until January 2020)
21 MF Nestor Shako (at Gosport Borough until January 2020)
No. Position Player
39 FW Devon Arnold (at Dorchester Town)
DF Tai Fleming (at Melksham Town)

Under-18s squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
GK Kacper Kowalczyk
DF Dylan Abora-Poku
DF George Calverley
DF Esdras Lama
DF Jiah Medrano
DF Declan Rose
DF Sam Wright
No. Position Player
MF Tyrique Clarke
MF Adam Heaton
MF Dan Nield
MF Sacario Waugh
FW Ben Hughes
FW Alfie Lloyd
FW Archie Sturdy

International representatives

Club management

As of 27 June 2019[23]

Corporate hierarchy

Position Name
Joint Owner / Chairman Scott Priestnall
Joint Owner / Director Errol Pope
Chief Operating Officer David Mills
Club Secretary Jean Cotton
Club Secretary Kirstie Baker
Commercial Manager Dave Linney

Coaching staff

Position Staff
Manager Darren Sarll
Acting assistant manager/
Academy manager
Terry Skiverton
Acting goalkeeper coach/
Academy goalkeeper coach
Darren Behcet
Acting physio Martin Armand
Strength and conditioning Gareth Penn
Academy head of coaching Vacant
U18 manager Vacant

Managerial history

Years Manager
1923–28 Jack Gregory
1928–29 Tommy Lowes
1929–33 David Pratt
1933–35 Louis Page
1935–38 Dave Halliday
1938–46 Billy Kingdon
1946–49 Alec Stock
1949–51 George Paterson
1951–53 Harry Lowe
1953–57 Ike Clarke
1957 Norman Dodgin
1957–60 Jimmy Baldwin
1960–64 Basil Hayward
1964–65 Glyn Davies
1965–67 Joe McDonald
 
Years Manager
1967–69 Ron Saunders
1969–72 Mike Hughes
1972–75 Cecil Irwin
1975–78 Stan Harland
1978–81 Barry Lloyd
1981 Malcolm Allison
1981–83 Jimmy Giles
1983 Mike Hughes
1983–84 Trevor Finnigan
1984 Steve Coles
1984 Ian MacFarlane
1984–87 Gerry Gow
1987–90 Brian Hall
1990–91 Clive Whitehead
1991–93 Steve Rutter
 
Years Manager
1994–95 Brian Hall
1995–98 Graham Roberts
1998–99 Colin Lippiatt
1999–2000 Steve Thompson
2000 David Webb
2000 Steve Thompson
2000–01 Colin Addison
2001–05 Gary Johnson
2005–06 Steve Thompson
2006–09 Russell Slade
2009 Steve Thompson
2009–12 Terry Skiverton
2012–15 Gary Johnson
2015 Terry Skiverton
2015 Paul Sturrock
 
Years Manager
2015–2019 Darren Way
2019 Neale Marmon
2019– Darren Sarll

List of chairmen

The following men have been chairman of the club's Board of Directors:[24]

Years Chairman
1923–25E.J. Farr
1925–27E.P. Wrinch
1927–29W. Stanley Johnson
1929–31W.J. Farthing
1931–33Stanley H. Vincent
1933–36George E. Fox
1936–38Stanley Gates
1938–48H.A. Smith
1948–62W.H. Farthing
 
Years Chairman
1962–66S. Pinder
1966–69G.E. Templeman
1969–71S. Norman Burfield
1971–74I.B. Rendall
1974–82David J. Hawker
1982–91Gerry A. Lock
1991–96Bryan W. Moore
1996–2019John R. Fry
2019–Scott M. Priestnall

Honours and achievements

Football League One:

Football League Two:

Football Conference:

Isthmian League:

Southern League:

Southern League Western Division:

Western League:

Bristol Charity League

  • Champions: 1921–22

Dorset District League

  • Champions: 1908–09

Somerset Senior League

  • Champions: 1896–97, 1901–02, 1912–13, 1920–21

FA Trophy

Conference League Cup

  • Winners: 1989–90
  • Runners-up: 1991–92, 1993–94

Isthmian League Cup

  • Winners: 1987–88

Isthmian Championship Shield

  • Winners: 1988–89

Southern League Championship Cup

  • Winners: 1971–72, 1976–77

Southern Football League Cup

  • Winners: 1954–55, 1960–61, 1965–66
  • Runners-up: 1937–38, 1946–47, 1947–48, 1955–56, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1978–79

Western Football League Cup::[25]

Somerset Professional Cup:[26][27]

  • Winners: 1912–13, 1929–30, 1930–31, 1932–33, 1934–35, 1937–38, 1938–39, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1953–54, 1954–55, 1955–56, 1956–57 (jointly with Bristol City), 1961–62, 1962–63, 1964–65, 1968–69 (jointly with Frome Town), 1972–73, 1975–76, 1978–79, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2004–05
  • Runners-up: 1898–99, 1907–08, 1910–11, 1913–14, 1919–20, 1936–37, 1945–46, 1948–49, 1960–61, 1963–64, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1970–71, 1976–77, 1980–81, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1991–92, 2002–03

Forse Somerset Charity Cup:[28]

  • Winners: 1910–11

Club records

  • Most Overall Appearances: Len Harris, 691 (1958–72)
  • Most Goals: Johnny Hayward, 548 (1906–28)
  • Most League Goals: Dave Taylor, 284 (1960–9)
  • Record Attendance Football League at Huish Park: 9,527 v Leeds United, 25 April 2008 (League One)
  • Record Attendance All Time: 17,123 v Sunderland, 29 January 1949 (FA Cup Fourth Round)
  • Longest Serving Player: Len Harris, 14 years (1958–72)
  • Longest Serving Manager: Billy Kingdon, 8 years (1938–46)
  • Highest League Finish: 24th Championship, 2013/2014 season
  • Highest Transfer fee received: £1,200,000, Arron Davies and Chris Cohen, Nottingham Forest, July 2007
  • Highest transfer fee paid: Undisclosed (five figure sum), Pablo Bastianini, Quilmes Atlético Club, August 2005
  • Highest Victory in the Football League: 6–0 v Newport County, 15 September 2018
  • Heaviest Defeat in the Football League: 0–6 v Stevenage, 14 April 2012, 2–8 v Luton Town, 5 August 2017

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