A FORMER England rugby player is one of the surprise figures involved in the takeover of non-league club Yeovil Town.
The National League team has finally changed hands after weeks of speculation.
The SU Glovers group confirmed they had “taken the lead” at the club earlier this week.
And former England World Cup star Paul Sackey is among the group involved, it turns out.
The ace was part of the England rugby union side that reached the final of the 2007 World Cup before losing to South Africa.
But now he has ventured into new pastures, trying to help Yeovil’s fate after a difficult few years.
The bid is believed to be spearheaded by Sackey, businessman Matt Uggla and his mother Julie-Anne.
Sackey and Uggla were asked about their intentions for the club in a video uploaded to Yeovil’s social media channels.
Sackey, 43, said: “We love the history of the club. We’ve done a lot of research and background on the club and we love it.
“He has such a passionate fan base. It’s a big club but the position he’s in now is probably too big for this place so we want to bring him [the club] back to where it needs to be.”
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Uggla added: “We’re really excited. It has taken some time to get to this point but we are really happy to be here and we hope we can take the club forward and get it back to where it belongs.”
Yeovil were relegated from the EFL in 2019 after 16 consecutive seasons in the Football League.
Their mission for the remainder of the season is to avoid the Glovers being relegated only to the last four of the National League on goal difference.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/7533156/rugby-world-cup-yeovil-paul-sackey/ I played for England in the Rugby World Cup final in 2007… now I’ve bought myself a non-league football team