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Like every football club playing professional football in England, Yeovil Town odds have become more popular amongst bettors over recent years. With League Two being a division well renowned for its shock results and unpredictability, even the most seasoned bettors find it tough to judge results in this league. With sides fighting relegation one season and challenging for promotion the next, Yeovil Town relegation odds are as popular as odds on Yeovil Town to get promoted.

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History

Yeovil Town are a professional football club located in the town of Yeovil in the county of Somerset. Despite only joining the Football League in 2003, the club have played in the second, third and fourth tier of English football. Yeovil Town are currently members of England’s fourth tier, League Two.

The history of Yeovil Town begins in 1890. The club were known upon formation as Yeovil Football Club, sharing a stadium with Yeovil Rugby Club. In 1905, the club moved to the Pen Mill Athletic Ground, and Yeovil Football Club became Yeovil Casuals.

The club joined the Somerset Senior League in 1895, winning the division the following season. The club continued to enjoy top six finishes in the Somerset Senior League, winning the league title again in the 1901/1902 campaign.

As well as playing in the Somerset Senior League, the club also entered the Wiltshire League in the 1901/1902 season. In 1907, the club changed its name to Yeovil Town and entered the Dorset and District League.

Yeovil Town continued to play in two divisions - the Somerset Senior League and the Dorset and District League. The club were successful in both, winning the latter in the 1908/1909 season and the former in 1913. The 1912/1913 season also saw the club achieve cup success as Yeovil Town lifted the Somerset Premier Cup.

In 1914, Yeovil Town merged with Petters United, resulting in the club names amalgamating to Yeovil and Petters United. After the competitive football calendar resumed in 1919, the club left the Somerset Senior League to join the Western League Second Division.

The club rejoined the Somerset Senior League in 1920, playing in the Southern Section. The club won the title in the 1920/1921 season, and won the Western League First Division and the Bristol Charity League the season after.

Yeovil and Petters United continued to play in at least two different leagues each season, and won another league title in the 1923/1924 campaign, this time coming in the form of the Southern League West Section championship. Another Somerset Premier Cup and a Western League First Division title followed in the 1929/1930 season before the club entered the London Combination Second Division.

The 1934/1935 campaign ended with two title wins for Yeovil and Petters United. However, the Southern League West Section title and the Western League First Division title would be the club’s last for twenty years. The club’s cup form continued to impress, though, with ten more Somerset Premier Cup wins over the next two decades.

After the end of the Second World War, the club reverted back to the name of Yeovil Town Football Club. Yeovil Town also entered the Southern League for the 1945/1946 season. The club established themselves as a steady Southern League side, and won the Southern League double in the 1954/1955 campaign with a league win and a cup win.

The club moved into the Southern League Premier Division in 1959, and the following year Yeovil Town added another Southern League Cup to their trophy collection. After the club won the Southern League titles in 1964 and 1971, Yeovil Town applied to be elected to the Football League, but were refused on both occasions.

For the 1979/1980 season, the club moved into the Alliance Premier League. However, Yeovil Town began to struggle in their new division, and suffered relegation for the first time in Yeovil Town history five years later.

After two runners up places in the Isthmian League, the club won the Isthmian League title in the 1987/1988 season. This earned the club promotion, Yeovil Town began the 1988/1989 season in the newly named Football Conference.

Yeovil Town earned respectable mid table positions in their first four years of the Football Conference life, and reached a high of fourth place in 1993. However, the club’s form dipped in subsequent seasons, culminating in relegation back to the Isthmian League in 1995.

Two years later, the club won the Isthmian League title and returned to the Football Conference. After an 11th place finish in Yeovil Town’s first season back in the Conference, the club achieved consecutive top seven finishes. In the 2002/2003 season, the club won the Football Conference title, and were promoted to the Football League for the first time in Yeovil Town history.

At first playing in Division Three. The Football League divisions were renamed in time for the 2004/2005 season, with Division One becoming the Championship, Division Two League One and Division Three League Two. As such, Yeovil Town started the 2004/2005 campaign as a League Two side.

Yeovil Town enjoyed a successful 2004/2005 season, culminating in the club winning the League Two title. Moving into League One, Yeovil Town finished in the bottom half of the table in six of their first seven seasons, but in the 2012/2013 season the club qualified for the League One playoffs. Yeovil Town faced Brentford in the League One playoff final, and a 2-1 win saw the club promoted to the Championship.

However, that was the end of the success for Yeovil Town to date. Two successive bottom place finishes saw the club return to the fourth tier of English football in 2015, and Yeovil Town have remained a League Two side since the 2015/2016 season.

Crest

The Yeovil Town crest is based on the Borough of Yeovil coat of arms. This Yeovil Town football badge features a shield containing an image of St John the Baptist with a ceremonial staff either side.

On the Yeovil Town football crest, each staff has a gold crown, representing Empress Maud, and the image of John the Baptist holds a medallion.

On either side of the Yeovil Town crest, are gold lions, representing the Earls of Arundel. Above this image is the club name, and below is a banner featuring the Yeovil Town motto ‘Achieve By Unity’.

Colours

The Yeovil Town colours are predominantly green and white. Green and white have featured as Yeovil Town kit colours since the club were formed.

When the club were known as Yeovil Casuals, the Yeovil Town kit consisted of a green and white striped shirt, worn with white shorts and black socks. This kit was then changed in 1904, when the players wore green shirts with white sleeves, worn with black shorts and black socks. The shirt was then changed back to green and white stripes until the club name changed to Yeovil Town in 1907.

A plain green shirt worn with white shorts and black socks were worn in the 1907/1908 campaign, before the return of the green and white stripes. When Yeovil Town and Petters United merged in 1914, the kit reverted back to plain green shirts, white shorts and black socks.

This Yeovil Town strip was worn until 1965, though the colour of the socks alternated between green, white, black and green and white hoops. In 1965, the Yeovil Town players wore white shirts featuring a horizontal green stripe, green shorts and white socks.

White Yeovil Town kits were worn until 1977, each featuring the colour green either as a trim or as stripes across the shirt. In 1977, the club brought back the Yeovil Town kit featuring green shirts, white shorts and green socks.

This kit was worn until 1987, though the shorts and socks alternated between green and white. The white shirt was brought back in 187, featuring a green trim and worn with green shorts and green or white socks, before green and white stripes were reintroduced in in 1995.

In 2003, green and white hooped shirts were introduced, and this Yeovil Town shirt design is still worn to this day. The current Yeovil Town strip features a green and white hooped shirt, worn with white shorts and white socks.

Yeovil Town Stadium

The Yeovil Town stadium is Huish Park. Yeovil Town moved into Huish Park in 1990. They Yeovil Town stadium capacity currently stands at 9,565, featuring both all seater stands and terraces.

The Yeovil Town stadium layout features four main stands. These are the Tamburino Stand, also known as the Main Stand; the Screwfix Community Stand, or the East Stand; the Thatchers Gold Stand, or the home terrace; and the Radio Cabs Stand, which is the away stand.

The record attendance at Huish Park was achieved in 2008, when 9,527 spectators watched Yeovil Town play Leeds United in League One.

Supporters

The majority of Yeovil Town supporters hail from the town of Yeovil and other parts of Somerset. There are a variety of Yeovil Town supporters clubs, including the Green and Whites Supporters Club.

Yeovil Town supporters did enjoy a rivalry with Weymouth, though the clubs haven’t met in a competitive fixture since the 1990’s. Hereford United were a rival before that club went bust, and Exeter City, Bournemouth and Swindon Town are also considered rivals.

Two other clubs are also seen as rivals Both Bristol clubs playing in the Football League, Rovers and City, are the subject of Yeovil Town’s supporters rivalry.

Ownership

The current Yeovil Town ownership is held between John Fry, who is also the executive chairman of the club, Norman Hayward and individual Yeovil Town supporters.

John Frey owns 46.5% of Yeovil Town shares, Norman Hayward holds 45.5% and the rest is owned by supporters.

Fry has been director at Yeovil Town since 1993. There has been recent talk of the Yeovil Town owners actively seeking new buyers to purchase Yeovil Town Football Club, though to date no offer has been accepted.

Stats

The list of Yeovil Town stats begins with the club’s all time leading appearance maker. That record belongs to Len Harris, who made 691 appearances for the club between 1958 and 1972.

The club’s all time leading goalscorer is Johnny Hayward. Hayward scored 548 goals for Yeovil Town between 1906 and 1928. Dave Taylor holds the record for most league goals scored for the club, Taylor scoring 284 league goals between 1960 and 1969.

Yeovil Town’s record transfer signing is Pablo Bastianini. Bastianini cost the club a five figure fee, though the actual amount of money Yeovil Town paid for the player remains undisclosed. The highest fee Yeovil Town have ever received for a player is £1.2 million, a fee paid by Nottingham Forest for the joint signings of Arron Davies and Chris Cohen in 2007.

The club’s all time Football League record victory is 6-1. Yeovil Town beat Oxford United by this scoreline in 2004. Yeovil Town’s heaviest defeat came at the hands of Stevenage, who beat the club 6-0 in 2012.

Yeovil Town Players

The current Yeovil Town players list consists of 23 members of the first team squad.

Notable ex Yeovil Town players include John Clancy, Terry Skiverton and Warren Patmore, along with the club’s leading goalscorer Johnny Hayward and Yeovil Town’s leading appearance maker Len Harris.

Len Harris is also the club’s longest serving player, appearing for the club for 14 consecutive years between 1958 and 1972. 

Yeovil Town Manager

The current Yeovil Town manager is Darren Way. Way became the Yeovil Town manager in 2015, first appointed as caretaker manager before taking the job on a permanent basis.

The first Yeovil Town manager in sole charge of the team was Jack Gregory. Gregory managed the club between 1923 and 1928, leading the club to the Southern League West Section title in 1924.

In terms of matches, the longest serving Yeovil Town manager is Gary Johnson. Johnson managed the club for 383 matches over two spells, firstly from 2001 to 2005 and then again from 2012 to 2015. Brian Hall is second in that list, managing the club for 257 games in total, followed by David Pratt, Ike Clarke and Jack Gregory.

David Pratt is also the Yeovil Town manager who holds the highest win percentage of any manager who has been in charge of the club for at least one full season. Pratt led his club to victory in 123 of his 214 matches in charge, giving him a win percentage of 57.48.

Honours 

The Yeovil Town honours list consists of one third tier playoff win (2013); one fourth tier title (2005); one Football Conference title (2003); one FA Trophy win (2002); two Isthmian League titles (1988, 1998); three Southern League titles (1955, 1964, 1971); three Southern League Western Division titles (1924, 1932, 1935); four Western League titles (1922, 1925, 1930, 1935); 23 Somerset Professional Cup wins; one Western Football League Cup win (1959); and one Somerset Charity Cup (1911).

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