This afternoon is a very poignant moment for many supporters of Yeovil Town as the Away End is formally named in memory of Mr Yeovil Town himself, Martin Badger Baker.
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.