Congratulations to Darren Sarll and his inspirational team for another fantastic result, and giving Yeovil supporters yet another amazing FA Cup memory! We’re right behind you  and hoping for a dream draw in the 3rd round.

Earlier this week, Scott Priestnall requested an urgent meeting of the Supporters Alliance Group. As we got closer to this evening’s FA Cup match, we felt it imperative to not impact proceedings on the pitch.

Mr Priestnall informed the SAG that he would no longer be funding the club and that the club was surviving on the prize money from progressing through the FA Cup.

He asked the group to release a joint statement urging fans to return.

We believe that it is time for the parties negotiating to explain the situation with clarity.

Alas, once again, we are releasing an urgent plea to those at the table to bring forth a conclusion to the negotiations and complete a deal which is looking increasingly necessary to save a community club with more than 125 years of history.

The Glovers Trust Board

We have released the below statement today.

The Glovers Trust Board have, again, invited the group led by Glenn Collis to speak to us about their proposed bid for Yeovil Town FC. We have not had a response. There is an open invitation to them, should they wish to talk to us about their vision for the club and their plans for supporter and community engagement.


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Following a meeting of the Supporters Alliance Group on Wednesday 20th October 2021, a private meeting involving the representatives of the Green & White’s, the Disabled Supporters Group and the Glovers Trust took place. The situation regarding a possible take-over of the Club was the only topic for discussion.

Representatives of the Glovers Trust were able to advise the meeting in relation to the interested parties and the time scale of present talks.

We all appreciate that negotiations relating to such a purchase will be long and complicated and the need for commercial confidentiality is important. 

We feel, however, that the longer these negotiations continue and eat into the present season, the greater the feeling of uncertainty and worry will spread across the fan base.  This inevitably permeates all areas both on and off the pitch and potentially damages our Club.

We would urge all those actively engaged in this potential purchase to use their best endeavours to bring about a swift and successful conclusion to these talks. A conclusion that we fervently hope will restore pride and passion to YTFC and ensure a return to the football league and thereafter a bright future for our much loved Yeovil Town.

We’re delighted to confirm the details of our 2021 AGM this coming Monday.

Join the Glovers Trust Board at The Arrow from 19:00 on Monday 18th October.

The AGM is open to all.

Technology dependent, we will attempt to broadcast for those unable to attend.

You can join us on Zoom on the below invitation. We ask that upon joining you remain muted and leave your webcam off.

The Glovers Trust is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Glovers Trust AGM
Time: Oct 18, 2021 07:00 PM London

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We are writing to update you on the Glovers Trust Board Election process.

Nominations for the board closed last Monday and we can confirm that there is no need for an election process this year.

As per our constitution, half of the standing board must put themselves up for reelection if they wish to continue on the board.

Three members of the board have opted not to stand for reelection, two have stood again and we had three members apply to join. This brings us up to ten board members and means there will be no vote.

Adam Skinner, John Oakes and Steve Seaby have decided to step down and we would like to thank them for their tireless efforts since December. Barrie David and Vernon Edmunds will remain on the Board.

We are delighted to welcome Ben Wood, Mark Kelly and Mike Hudson to the Glovers Trust Board. You can read the manifestos of the candidates here.

We can also announce that our AGM will take place on Monday 18th October at 7pm. We will confirm further details in due course.

The Glovers Trust Board

We hope everybody is safe and well and we trust you have all enjoyed the promising start of the season. Two wins from three is a solid start and we congratulate Darren and the team on the renewed optimism this has bought. We also express our delight at being back at Huish Park, and what a great atmosphere it was on Saturday, despite the worryingly low attendance.

Whilst we have enjoyed the on-field action, sadly, we remain desperately concerned with the off-field situation at Huish Park. We feel that the time is right to update the supporters on the situation, and to offer a summary of what the Glovers Trust board have been doing over the past few months, including some detail into the current state of affairs surrounding Yeovil Town FC.

As you may be aware, at the beginning of 2021, the Glovers Trust board made the decision to invoke the ACV on the Huish Park site, and in doing so, halt any pending deal by Mr Priestnall to sell the stadium and/or land to South Somerset District Council. We would like to emphasise that this decision was not taken lightly and was made over the course of several intense meetings. However, we felt we had little alternative, and were justified in this choice by the retrospective backing of our members following a vote. A vote that instructed the board to seek alternative buyers to the Huish Park site, as well as exploring options for potential new ownership of Yeovil Town Football Club.

Leaving no stone unturned, the Glovers Trust board began the lengthy process of contacting potential buyers, to discuss appetite, suitability, and ultimately a buyer/buyers that would have only the clubs best interests at heart. In doing so, we held many meetings, both face to face, and via Zoom with a number of potential investors. This included one of the most high-profile names in English football, alongside wealthy businessmen, and fellow Yeovil Town Supporters who had the passion and financial backing to support a bid for both club and site.

We are now able to confirm, that a consortium who have held, and continue to hold regular meetings with the Glovers Trust board, is now in the latter part of negotiations to take over the football club. Due to Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs), we are not able to offer any detail on exactly what this entails, however we would like to assure supporters, that our preference is that the whole Huish Park site and football club is sold together.

We are also aware of a second bid to purchase the football club, and we believe this bid is also at an advanced stage. We held conversations with the head of this second consortium early in 2021 and have reconnected this week after not hearing anything for some time. We have requested a meeting with this group so that we can gather a greater understanding of the detail. We await their response.

Regarding the current ownership, our position remains that of concern. Our belief is that Mr Priestnall is willing to sell the football club, and we hope that the entire site is available as part of any pending deal for an appropriate value. We also express our concern regarding the mounting debt being acquired by the club and we continue to seek assurances that this debt remains manageable and does not leave our club in danger.

We have also been made aware of potential protest plans by an ever-increasing number of supporters. We absolutely understand and share the frustration of fans, and we call upon the current ownership to communicate and offer some clarity on the situation. Nobody wants this to escalate to that stage, especially after such a promising start on the pitch.

The Glovers Trust has one interest, and one interest only, and that is the long-term security and wellbeing of our football club. Our position on the current situation is clear. We will support and back any party who is willing to engage transparently with supporters about their intentions, finances, provides a credible long-term plan for the football club and offers fans an opportunity to purchase a stake in their club as per our aims and objectives. We believe there is a credible group who share our goal of making Yeovil Town FC the pride of our community, with a modern and revolutionary view to how football clubs should operate.

The Glovers Trust Board nomination process for 2021 is now open. It has been a tremendously busy year for the current board of 10, who have been working tirelessly and under high pressure to help instigate change at our beloved football club. There is now an opportunity for you to help continue with our hard work and be a part of genuine change at Huish Park.

Under our constitution we have an allocation for up to ten Board members each sitting for a period of two years before seeking re-election should they wish to do so. Two of the current board have decided to step down, with three randomly selected for re-election. This means that there are potentially five spaces on the board should you wish to nominate yourself. As we return to normal times and a regular match day experience, we are seeking to increase our activities and have already made steps to improve our membership offering.

Of course, a Supporters Trust should not just rely upon the Board members to organise and run every event, activity and initiative and for many Trusts at many clubs up and down the country the volunteer is the life blood of the organisation. We thank those that have kindly volunteered and we’d gratefully receive volunteers going forward.

If you are interested and would like to step forward, then simply complete the Trust Board Nomination Form and return it by Monday 20th September, preferably by email to secretary@glovers-trust.co.uk. In previous years we have required candidates to be nominated by two other adult Trust members, however we are forgoing this requirement in 2021. Please provide a complete a statement outlining as to why you wish to get involved with the Board. Eligible forms will be included in our Election manifesto to be sent to all current Trust members, who will then vote for their preferred candidates. Results will be announced on Monday 25th October 2021.

Full details of the process can be found in polices 7, 8 and 9 here and should be fully read and understood ahead of nominating but a summary the timeline of events are as follows:

  • Monday 30th August – The nomination form is published online here. Trust members wishing to stand for election must submit a form which must include a manifesto of no more than 450 words.
  • Monday 20th September – Deadline for completed nominations. All nomination forms must be received by the Trust Secretary, either by email (secretary@glovers-trust.co.uk) or post (FAO Trust Secretary, Glovers Trust, 11 Home Drive, Yeovil, BA21 3AP) by the end of the day and will not be accepted after this date.
  • Monday 27th September– Members will receive voting packs containing manifestos of those standing for nomination.
  • Monday 18th October – Deadline for completed votes to be received by the Trust Secretary. Votes will not be accepted after this date.
  • Monday 25th October – Election results are announced.

We have received the below response to our letter from South Somerset District Council.  

Dear Mr. Owen,

We have now had an opportunity to study your letter in detail, and it would seem that your points come under three subject areas, which I now address.

  1. It is not the council’s intention nor desire to play any part in the running of the football club, which is a matter for the shareholders. Our interest is to help with the club’s survival while protecting our ratepayers from loss or excessive risk. This extends to exactly how the club uses any capital receipts, its car parking plans (subject to acceptable planning policies) and the rental it agrees.
  2. We understand that short term financial survival as a cultural asset is critical, and more important (at least at present and for the immediate future) than longer term issues or schemes which can be considered once survival is assured. Any planning proposal will need to be considered through the statutory process at that time and the council can not pre-judge what the detailed proposal may be, nor how it will be determined, until it is submitted. Please also note that the proposal the council has made to the owners allows and encourages them to buy back the freehold from SSDC when funds allow.
  3. On matters where you have expressed concern whether we have taken everything into account when making the proposal, we have confidence in our property team and other officers, and believe that the right due diligence has been exercised in constructing the proposal, which has been interrogated and scrutinised prior to proceeding with any formal decision to acquire.

We understand that the 6 month moratorium period is almost at an end and under the regulations there can be no extension. The owner is then of course free to sell to whomever they choose and at whatever price they agree.

We do not believe there is a case for us to review the offer that the council has made, and it remains available if the owners wish to take it up. Ultimately, the final decision is with the owners. We believe that the council has taken the best approach possible in everyone’s interests.

I hope this answers your queries,

Best regards,
John Clark
Yeovil-Summerlands
Portfolio Holder for Economic Development including Commercial Strategy

As an interested party in the two Assets of Community Value (ACV) on Huish Park and the surrounding land, the Glovers Trust Board exercised its right, by majority vote to delay the sale of Huish Park to South Somerset District Council (SSDC).

The Glovers Trust Board recognised that the proposed sale of Huish Park and the surrounding land to SSDC was a pivotal moment in the history of Yeovil Town Football Club (YTFC).  The activation of the ACV’s has allowed the Board time and space to fully investigate the proposal from SSDC and to give consideration to the partnering with other interested parties, with a view to making a bid to purchase.

Members of the Glovers Trust overwhelmingly supported our actions following the release of our findings on the 1st March 2021.

As early as December 2020 potential investors and consortia reached out to the Glovers Trust Board to declare an interest in the club and the land based on significant supporter involvement. This supporter involvement was at the heart of every proposal the Glovers Trust Board entertained.

Over the six-month period several groups have made contact with the Glovers Trust Board and we are aware parties have reached out to intermediaries at the club.

The statutory period of six months moratorium expires on 26th May 2021. We believe that the intervening period has been invaluable and hopefully pivotal to the future of YTFC. Without the delay, the proposed deal between owners of Huish Park and SSDC would have been rushed through by January 2021, long before any reasonable scrutiny could have been conducted. The delay has also given others the chance to reflect on the scheme and for the cultivation of a belief that a better route can be found to secure the long-term security of our club.

The provisional plans shared with us by the SSDC may bring a limited short term financial boost, however there is no legal framework to guarantee that YTFC benefits from the scheme over the longer term. We believe that under this proposal the future of YTFC is in jeopardy.

We also note the public war of words between SSDC and Marcus Fysh MP regarding the decisions that have been made regarding the Yeovil Refresh scheme and scrutiny on decision-making and finances involved with it. Surely we do not need our football club to get caught up in similar political criticism.

We acknowledge that from Wednesday 26th, the owners are free to continue with the proposal from SSDC or to affect a sale to whomsoever they choose. The Glovers Trust Board’s stance remains unaltered with regard to the SSDC proposal in that we retain major concerns. This proposal was championed as ‘the only option’ but this has been proved to have been only one of the options available. The Glovers Trust Board hold serious reservations as to whether the monetary figures involved add up. Will a tenant YTFC ever be in a financial position to own Huish Park again? 

We will continue to object to the SSDC proposal as strongly as possible and in pursuit of this aim we have sent letters to the lead Councillor, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Executive Officer elect.  A copy of this letter is attached to this statement.

We will strive to work with those who seek a strong and vibrant future for YTFC based on community values and involvement.

If you’d like to become a member of the Glovers Trust and have your voice as a Yeovil Town fan heard as part of a democratic process, head to Glovers-Trust.co.uk.


Dear Glovers Trust members,

We were surprised and disappointed to read many aspects of the statement from Scott Priestnall on Wednesday. As 11 lifelong supporters of YTFC, our sole intention is to ensure the right decisions are being made in the long-term interests of the football club and its fans. We have no desire to enter a public feud with the club ownership, however we must express our sadness and hurt at suggestions that we have an agenda to breed negativity and create a divide between the club and its supporters.

As a Trust, we have previously, and will continue to hold those in power at Yeovil Town Football Club to account and probe the decisions they make. Decisions such as this have significant consequences for current and future generations of Glovers supporters. We make no apology for that.

After significant discussion, we are now able to share our findings regarding the sale of Huish Park to South Somerset District Council (SSDC), and clarify our plan moving forward, including our intention to provide our members with a vote on what should happen next.

After activating the Asset of Community Value held on the Huish Park site, we have spent the last few weeks compiling information. In this document, you will be able to read our findings and the question we will put to our members regarding the next step the Glovers Trust takes.

We urge all members to review this document before deciding how to vote. If you have questions, we will be happy to answer these. Please email communications@glovers-trust.co.uk.

Thank for your time, and we look forward to your vote.

Members should note they will have received an email with instructions on how to vote. Voting closes on 15th March.

The Glovers Trust Board