Yate Town: Bluebells hopeful of causing Yeovil Town FA Cup upset

Cup fever is gripping Yate Town as they welcome a former Football League club to their ground

<p>Yate Town are hoping to make history in the FA Cup on Saturday. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)</p>

Yate Town are hoping to make history in the FA Cup on Saturday. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

FA Cup fever has gripped Yate Town as they gear up for the visit of Yeovil Town to The Jelf Stadium.

The Bluebells take on The Glovers in Round One of football’s oldest cup competition, which celebrates its 150th year.

Throughout the history of the competition there have been numerous upsets such as Hereford beating Newcastle United, Wrexham beating Arsenal and Wigan’s triumph over Manchester City in 2013.

Hoping that they can capture the magic of the FA Cup, Yate face a Yeovil side two leagues above them and were a Championship team in the last decade.

They already had the number of Yeovil's rivals Dover by beating them in a replay, having seen off Dorchester Town, Gosport Borough and lower-league Redhill.

To help get you up to speed of what could be a potential upset, here’s everything you need to know ahead of the glamour match.

Who is the manager of Yate Town?

Paul Michael is the man who will be tasked with outwitting Darren Sarll. He has been in charge since July 2020 after moving on from Cinderford Town, where he managed them for four years.

Before joining the English system, Welshman Michael was manager of Risca United and took over them at just 25-years-old.

He is a UEFA A Licence holder, the second highest coaching qualification.

Have Yate Town reached this round of the FA Cup before?

The last time they reached this stage of the competition was in 2012, when they were rewarded with an away trip to Cheltenham Town, unfortunately they lost 3-0.

Saturday’s match is just the second time in the clubs 114-year history that they have reached this stage of the FA Cup.

First-team coach Stuart Fleetwood knows how to cause an FA Cup upset. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

What players are there to watch out for?

Sam Kamara was previously part of the academy at Bristol Rovers but was released in 2013.

His release from professional football saw him take a break from the beautiful game, but he returned in 2018 and hasn’t looked back since.

Olly Mehew, brother of Rovers midfielder Tom Mehew and son of David, is another player that may be familiar to fans of the Gas.

One player who could make the difference is Stuart Fleetwood, who has Football League experience. The 35-year-old joined as a coach last year and played for the likes of Hereford, Forest Green and, Charlton Athletic during his career.

Can I attend the match?

It’s the case of the Golden Ticket for Saturday as all available tickets for this match sold out last week.

All 2000 tickets were sold out in just under six hours with temporary stands brought in to boost the attendance.

There was a long queue whilst getting tickets and fans were reportedly asked to provide information of their local residency to avoid away team Yeovil buying tickets in the home end.

Will the match be on television?

Despite the potential of an upset, this match hasn’t been chosen for television coverage by either the BBC or ITV.

You will have to wait more than a day but if you tune in to BBC Two at 19:15 on Sunday, you will be able to catch highlights of the match.

Highlights will also be uploaded to the BBC Sport website.