Former Yeovil Town employee Tony Trott passed away at the age of 79 last night in a Nursing Home in Preston Road, Yeovil where he had been treated for a long-running illness. Tony had faced a battle against cancer in the last few months, and had retired from his position as Kit Manager in April of this year, after 14 years continuous service at the club, and employment with the club on and off for a period of over 40 years.
Tony first came to the club as a caretaker at the old Huish ground, along with his wife Shirley, but over the years performed various roles at both the old and the new ground, including more recently the role of Kit Manager at Huish Park.
Tony's retirement in April still saw him turn up at Huish Park as a supporter - as part of his retirement present Chairman John Fry gave him a pair of season tickets so he could continue to watch the games, as well as a commemorative piece of glassware.
Mr Fry revealed at the time that such was Tony's busy nature around the club, that one former Yeovil Town manager wasn't quite sure of his allegiances, shortly after arriving at the club:
"David Webb was manager here and he thought Tony was a spy because every time he was on the phone talking about a player Tony was there!"
Tony's first game that he could remember watching Yeovil play was the 1938 FA Cup win over Fulham, but admitted that he did not see the Glovers play Manchester United during the later 1949 FA Cup run, due to being posted with the Armed Forces in Egypt at the time. When he returned, he began to take up formal positions within the club, moving from the terraces and into the backrooms at the Huish ground. Not too many Glovers fans could claim to have supported the club in every way possible for 70 years.
Our sincere condolences to Tony's family and friends. He will certainly be missed by many people at the club.
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