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Twenty five years ago, Yetminster Ladies (as the club was then known) played their first ever game against Weymouth Vikings - a game that ended in a 2-2 draw.
Those intrepid pioneers could never have foreseen that, a quarter of a century later, their successors would be counted as one of the top dozen or so teams in the country - and with realistic hopes of reaching the top ten in the future.
The club continued as Yetmnster until becoming Sherborne Ladies FC in 1993. Under the Sherborne name, things started to really take off as the club won the South West League Division Two Cup twice. They also played their first high profile game at Huish Park in the UK Living Women's FA Cup against National Premier League side Everton on 12 January 1997. The Glovers may have lost that game 7-0 but the attendance of around 500 stood as a club record for nearly 16 years - until the next game at Huish Park.
1999 finally saw the switch to become Yeovil Town Ladies and steady progress was rewarded in 2005 when they won their first Somerset FA Women's Senior Cup, and achieved a league and cup double in 2007. Despite a few hiccups, they eventually achieved Premier League status, after a season in which they won the South West Combination, League Cup and Somerset FA Cup and only lost one match in the entire season. Yeovil were elected as one of the ten founder members of FA WSL 2 in 2014.
Sunday's WSL match with Oxford United enjoyed the added dimension of being the game where the club marked its 25th birthday, including a very special presentation.
To help mark clocking up 25 years, the club held a raffle of memorabilia, had special articles and pictures in the programme, plus a throwback image featured on the match day tickets. The highlight of the celebrations however was most definitely the special half time presentation.
At the on pitch presentation, Club Chairman Steve Allinson and Club President David Mills awarded special letters of thanks to former Club Manager John Flatters along with past players Becky Foster, Kia Bowles and Pippa Wilson. A letter of thanks was also provided for ex-player and Secretary Sue Johnson who could not attend. The letter thanked the five not only for their contribution, but via them thanked all former players, managers, coaches and volunteers for their service over the last 25 years. To add to the theme of looking back over the year, John Flatters also brought along an original Yeovil Town Ladies shirt.
Commenting at the game, Club Chairman Stephen Allinson and Club President David Mills said: "We are a very forward looking club but it was only right to take time to acknowledge the efforts of everyone over the last 25 years, including when the club played as Yetminster Ladies and Sherborne Ladies.
"Clearly it was impossible to make a presentation to the hundreds of people over the years who have contributed but John, Kia, Pippa, Becky and Sue were excellent choices considering their own contributions.
"They also acted as unofficial ambassadors via whom we could thank everyone for their efforts over the last 25 years."
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