We are pleased to announce that Yeovil Town Ladies Football Club is now under the ownership headed by Adam Murry.
The deal for the League One Club was agreed last month.
Last weekend, the club’s new identity was introduced, going from Yeovil Town Ladies to Yeovil Town Women and now sporting a modernised crest. The image overhaul can only foreshadow the changes to be expected in Somerset, England, the new badge is identical to that of ESSA, albeit coloured with the Glovers’ yellow and green.
This is a hugely exciting time for women’s football. There has never been as much interest in the women’s game and we are delighted to have been able to support the take-over. This great club has absolutely enormous potential.
We want to create a solid investment in the clubs structure, from the 1st Team right through to the Academies, with plans to take the club back into the Women’s Super League. We have selected a management team going forward, to create a solid platform and structure to build and develop on all at a higher level.
One of the factors is the importance of developing players at the club and implementing a reliable academy. Developing the girls in the team is paramount to us and getting those girls to the highest level they can go is also important to the club,” We want to win games, that’s what it’s all about, but we also want to develop the girls in regard to their futures and make sure that we are providing the best possible foundations to develop themselves.”
ESSA, will also play a part in Yeovil’s future. We are working on bringing girls over from the US to UK and playing some professional football in the top 4 leagues of English Women’s Football. On the educational side of it we want to offer scholarships for girls at ESSA to come to the UK and likewise, we want to give girls in the UK the opportunity to come over and play in the States and experience soccer over here, to offer pathways that perhaps other clubs might not be able to offer, in regards to pathways and opportunities that they might not get. #abu
Sarah Wiltshire has been welcomed back after re-joining the Glovers from Tottenham Hotspur, whilst Welsh international and ex-Liverpool academy player Meesha Dudley-Jones arrives from WSL challengers Manchester City. Defender Jodie Chubb arrives from recently promoted Buckland Athletic, whilst Katie Jones, Rebecca Halford and Kelly Aldridge all return to the club for 2019/20.
More about Yeovil Town Women F.C Below:
The 2010–11 season saw the club competing in FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division for the first time, however, they unfortunately found themselves relegated back to the South West Combination at the end of the season after a brave battle. They however fared better in the county cup, getting through to the final thanks to a 3–1 victory over Keynsham Town. March 2011 saw the departure of the long serving first team manager Steve Phelps and his assistant manager Nigel Wolfe from their positions at the club. Steve cited work and personal commitments for his resignation.
Nigel Williams and Sarah Lawler took over as joint managers of the first team, with Chris White installed as assistant manager. They initially steadied the ship with draws against Cardiff City and Colchester United, but defeats against West Ham United and Portsmouth in their final two matches confirmed the return to the South West Combination. The season ended with a 3–0 win over Larkhall Athletic in the final of the Somerset Women’s Senior Cup.
The 2011–12 season was the first full season under the tenure of the new joint first team managers saw two trophies won by the senior squad, with the lifting of both the South West Women’s Combination Football League Trophy and the Somerset FA Women’s Senior Cup. The club also had the honour of being awarded the FA National Respect Gold award for the English ladies football pyramid. The start of the season saw the departure from the club of the long serving and record goal scorer Jemma Tewkesbury, who moved to Portsmouth Ladies, but the league campaign starting with a 7–1 victory over Keynsham Development and this set the precedent for the season, with the girls staying unbeaten in the league throughout. The county cup campaign started well with a 1–0 win over Keynsham Town. The girls received a bye to the final, where they beat Larkhall Athletic 3–0 to lift the trophy for the second consecutive season. The girls were crowned champions in April, with two games to spare, confirming promotion back to the FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division at the first time of asking.
The 2012–13 season saw the club finish 3rd in the Premier League Southern Division, their highest ever finishing position, and reached the 5th round of the FA Women’s Cup before losing 4–0 to Leeds United. In April 2013, it was confirmed that the club had been accepted in to the new expanded FA WSL Division 2. Yeovil was named FAWSL 2 Club of the Year in 2014, where they finished fourth in the league with 22 points. They once again finished fourth in 2015, this time with 31 points. The 2016 season saw Yeovil win promotion to FA WSL 1, winning the WSL Division 2. They also won FAWSL 2 Club of the year for a second time.
Their entry into the top flight of English women’s football came during the 2017 spring series, a series created to shift women’s football calendar from a summer to a winter league. While they finished last in the spring series, this series saw no promotion or relegation before the 2017-2018 season which started on September 2017. They subsequently finished last during this 2017–18 season but remained in the FA WSL through the FA club licensing application process.
In March 2019, the club reportedly entered administration. They were deducted 10 points during the 2018–19 season, finishing 15 points adrift and getting relegated. However, in May 2019, they were denied an operating licence based on penalties for the Championship and would have to contest the following season as a League one club instead.