Welcome to ytfc.digital

A digital history archive of Yeovil Town Football Club

Football has been played in Yeovil since 1895, initially under the guise of Yeovil Casuals, then Petters United, Yeovil and Petters United before finally adopting the Yeovil Town Football Club name at the resumption of football end of the second world war.

For a club with a history such as ours, it seems that, apart from Kerry Miller’s magnificent history “Hendford to Huish”, no official history of this great club has ever been established.

After nearly fifteen years as Head of Media, along with a team of volunteers I have undertaken to create a digital history of our club in my retirement years.

Over my time at the club I have amassed over a quarter of a million pictures, along with numerous newspaper cuttings, programmes, shirts etc etc.

Add to that more recently, video clips and books, and you will begin to realise just how much material is available about our beloved Green and White’s.

The whole project will not be completed quickly, in fact I see it rather like painting the Forth Bridge-never ending, but funding for a minimum of two years development work has been acquired thanks to various generous local individuals, groups and organisations and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

What you are about to view is the very early stage of the web site’s life with additions, changes and details being added continuously.

If you, as a Glovers supporter, would like to volunteer your services to assist our existing group then please contact us on ytfcarchive@gmail.com.

Any articles, newspaper cuttings, photographs or indeed anything that you think should be included in this important part of Yeovil Town Football Club’s history, then please contact us on the e mail address above.

The club would like this Archive to ultimately become the ONLY reference point for anything Yeovil Town, but if you have any observations or suggestions to make the site better please let us know.

Different sections can always be added as we build the site and plans are already in place to include an audio library of all of your best memories of the club.

We are also very proud to be working with staff and volunteers at Yeovil District Hospital Foundation Trust helping patients with dementia with their treatment through the glorious memories that our great football club can evoke

So please enjoy, help if you can and above all remember the Forth Bridge example as we build on the site in the years ahead.

Adrian Hopper – Project Manager

The Team

Project Manager: Adrian Hopper

Web Site Construction Manager: Dean Waghorn

Content Management: Will Barrett

Statistics Manager: Nigel Dyson

Photograph Uploading: Pat Custard

Photographic Captions & Dates

One of the biggest tasks ahead is applying captions (Meta Data) to all 263,000 photographs. Clearly this is a huge task that not only requires patience but in a lot of cases knowledge of old players and situations.

This is yet another reason why we are asking for volunteers to help with this task.

In any event it will take a long time but as the saying goes “Many hands make like work!” so if you have an in depth knowledge of Yeovil Town then please, please get in touch with us and volunteer your help.

Whilst every care is taken with dates attached to individual events it is perhaps inevitable that some will be incorrect.

Although all digital photographs usually carry “date taken information” with the photographs being moved across various platforms and servers these dates sometimes reflect when these moves took place which overwrites the original date taken information hence the risk of inaccuracy.

It is something we will strive to get correct over the coming weeks and months.

Our Video Section

Yeovil Town have been involved in some exciting games over the years against a variety of clubs including many Premier League clubs.

In our video section, we have tried to fit in as many of these matches that are available to the club on video.

In some of the older matches the quality does vary a bit but we hope that this section will help to bring those memories rolling back to you.

Who could forget Paddy Madden striking that first goal against Brentford, or the celebrations as Yeovil won the League at Bromley in Graham Roberts time.

We, of course, have the match that saw the club finally clinch Football League status up at Doncaster Rovers plus several of the memorable games in The Championship including victory at Vicarage Road, the draw at Leicester City and the victory over Nottingham Forest at Huish Park.

There are plenty of FA Cup memories too with standout games against Manchester United, Liverpool and Charlton Athletic.

But it wouldn’t be a true record without some of the reversals such as at Torquay and the replay against Fleetwood.

We’ve also gathered together as many old TV clips featuring the club and our players and a rare piece of footage from Stuart Housley as he was let loose with a camera at various times in the past.

Finally, we pay tribute to the Late Adam Stansfield, who was taken from us at such a young age, in two special tributes plus in the lead up to the Trophy Final story. RIP Stanno.