Charlie Wakefield

Charlie Wakefield has said he is “really excited” to be working under new Yeovil Town boss Chris Hargreaves after committing himself to the club for next season.

The 24-year-old, who was one of the stand-out players making 46 appearances, scoring eight times in all competitions, confirmed he was staying at Huish Park on Friday.

Charlie Wakefield fires in a shot. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

In a statement, the former Chelsea youngster said: “I’m really excited to be staying at Yeovil. I’m looking forward to getting back with the boys and working under the new gaffer.

“See you back at Huish Park, Glovers fans!”

Boss Hargreaves, who told the Gloverscast last week that he was keen to keep Wakefield, said he was delighted to add him to “the already strong core of existing players.”

He said: “He’s a player we were very eager to keep hold of, he proved himself at the level last season and he can kick-on again next season.

“Charlie is the sort of player that gets fans excited in the stands, I’m looking forward to working with him.”

It follows a poll run by the Gloverscast which shows 88% of the 300-plus fans who voted wanted the former Chelsea youngster to remain in Somerset – not saying it’s down to everyone showing him some love, but…..

Charlie Wakefield is looking forward to experiencing the atmosphere of a derby day at old rivals W*ymouth on Easter Monday.

The forward scored when the two sides met for the first competitive fixture in front of fans for 25 years in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round back in October, played 83 minutes of the replay that followed and the full 90 minutes in another 1-1 draw at Huish Park in league action in February.

Charlie Wakefield in action.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Speaking ahead of the derby, he asked with a grin whether Yeovil could send their seagull bothering neighbours down with a victory in Dorset. When he was told they couldn’t, he replied: “That’s a shame, that would have been good.

He added: “I saw our fans sold out the away end and they will be thinking they have to turn up in big numbers, but those are the games you look forward to, the derby games with big atmospheres.

“They are fighting and derby always adds that bit more, as you can tell in the games we played them earlier in the season.

When he was speaking on Thursday ahead of the Good Friday defeat at home to Aldershot Town, Glovers’ fans had only sold out their initial allocation of seated tickets – but in the days that have followed, we have also sold our standing allocation and almost all of an additional allocation of seats for the Bob Lucas Stadium.

Charlie Wakefield has said he owes a lot to Yeovil Town after an injury-free season.

The winger’s appearance coming off the bench to score the equaliser in the 2-2 draw at King’s Lynn Town last weekend was his 41st of the campaign.

That is more than his previous best last season when he managed 23 games in spells at Wealdstone and Bromley.

Charlie Wakefield fires in a shot. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Speaking ahead of the Good Friday fixture with Aldershot Town, the 23-year-old said: “I owe a lot to the club, I have played a lot of games this season and I owe them a lot for that opportunity.

“Whether I am playing 90 minutes or ten minutes I want to give it my all. There’s seven games to go, so it’s been a long season but a good season.

The former Chelsea youngster spoke about how caretaker boss Charlie Lee spoke to him ahead of the long trip to Norfolk last weekend, telling him he would not be starting the match.

Wakefield said: “He pulled me and rightly so. I did look fatigued in the last couple of games, I felt it in myself.

“I have been honest with the club and told them I am tired and that has restricted my performance because I have not been able to do what people are used to seeing me do.

“When the season is done, I will switch off, but whilst there’s still games to go, I am not switching off whatever role I have in these next couple of games.

He also revealed he has set himself a target of reaching double figures in goals having netted eight times in all competitions.

He said: “To score a few goals has been great and there’s seven games left, so getting in to double figures is something I would like to do and, being a wide player, adding a few more assists is something I need to do.

“It’s been good to score some goals in some big games – the FA Cup game against Stevenage – so I am happy with the goals but I do want to get double figures.

“For me to play the amount of games I have is the proudest thing because my body has proved I can do it and now I want to go in to next season and replicate that.

Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll was proud of his side’s comeback after the Glovers turned a 0-1 deficit into a 3-1 in the FA Trophy game against Woking.

Speaking to BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins he said that he needed to give his players a ‘polite’ word at the half time interval.

When we went in at half time, I thought about the interview afterwards and have to say I’d picked the wrong team, for the right reason, to try and give some players some extra minutes.”

“I reminded them the amount of balls we had to defend at Wrexham, the amount of commitment we had to show at Bromley, the amount of quality we’ve had to show over the last two months and I said ‘are you ready for that to be all in vein, for all that to end today?’”

“The second half, there was a different energy to us, the body language was different, because first half was absolute garbage”

“The attitude and energy of the players was magnificent second half and their spirit and their fightback – that’s a really experienced side, Woking, good players, good manager and I thought once we built our momentum and speed of our play I thought we became the team we’d become accustomed to seeing.”

Adi Yussuf in action for Yeovil Town.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

The introduction of Adi Yussuf on the hour mark was a key moment in the game as the Tanzanian international scored a brace to send the Glovers into the fourth round.

Sarll was full of praise for all three subs and the introduction from the start of Max Evans, Alex Bradley and Jeheim Headley

It’s like a team of misfits and they’re broken pieces of a puzzle, so when any of these lads do well, there’s a real sense of achievement… we like to celebrate their successes and Adi is no different.

(He’s) another one who has done so well for us, it’s taken its time, but he looks so much fitter and stronger now and he made a real difference when he came on.

He was powerful, disruptive and destructive and took his goals well.”

Young Max (Evans) in goal, didn’t have a lot to do, but I thought he kicked very well, I thought Reuben (Reid) did well – we are a different team to last year, so the service to him was different … Reuben is going to need time, Alex (Bradley) I thought did much better in the second half, I was worried about his booking, so instead of having him suspended and we go to Torquay with one sub, that we save him…”

Sarll also confirmed that winger Charlie Wakefield had a slight injury and had been ill this week and was unlikely to come off the bench, and hoped to have Morgan Williams back in contention for Boxing Day’s trip to Torquay.

 

 

Yeovil Town goal-scoring hero Charlie Wakefield spoke to the BBC television team after his goal sent the Glovers into the Third Round of the FA Cup.

Ask who he’d like to face, in the next round, Charlie (like the rest of us) set his wishlist quite high!

Glancing over at pundits former Brighton manager Chris Hughton and ex-Seagulls’ striker Glenn Murray, he said: “Now we are in the draw, hopefully we can get someone like Brighton – that’s where I’m from – one of the big Prem teams and we will enjoy every moment.

Wakefield is enjoying his finest form of his career, as well as his first elongated period as a first team regular this season, something the former Chelsea man thinks is paying dividends.

“I am getting a run of games, I am thankful to the gaffer (Darren Sarll) for giving me this opportunity and I managed to kick on.

“When you have a smile on your face you are going to play your best football and I am just delighted for the team.

I have had my injuries and setbacks, but that is in the past and I am enjoying my football. This team are on a great run, we all have to keep level-headed and focus on the league and the next game.”

“We just take it a game at a time and we are all just enjoying it, everyone plays with a smile on our face and it is paying off.”

It was Wakefield’s fifth goal of the season which secured the Glovers’ place in the hat… (it’s a bowl, but whatever) a moment for the winger to savour.

He told Murray: “Scoring goals is what I should be doing in the position I am playing, so I am delighted.

There’s been a couple where I have not been that composed and the manager always says to me ‘just strike through the ball’.”

“Great play from Sonny (Blu-Lo Everton) so credit to the build up to put me in that position.

Yeovil Town are ball number 45 in Monday’s FA Cup draw… Brighton are number nine if you’re interested, Charlie.

 

 

 

Charlie Wakefield has spoken about the challenge laid down to him by Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll to add more goals to his performances.

The 23-year-old was speaking about getting off the mark with the opener in the 3-0 win at $tockport County earlier this week on the latest edition of The Grassroots Guy.

Charlie Wakefield in action against FC Halifax Town.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

He said: “The first few games we played, I was doing a lot for the team off the ball and still managing to create chances but not having as many goal-scoring opportunities.

“The manager has been on to me saying ‘you have the ability get down the outside and shoot’ and I know I am capable of doing that.


“Fortunately in the ($tockport) game that opportunity came and I was lucky enough to get it on target in the bottom corner.


“Obviously I am still waiting for my first goal at home and there will be no better feeling than to score in front of the home fans, but to win 3-0 at $tockport who people are looking out for this year was a real good feeling.”

The winger also spoke to host Harry Purdy about the togetherness in the Glovers’ squad having joined following his release by National League rivals Bromley in the summer.

Wakefield was one of a number of young players to arrive at Huish Park following the departure of experienced heads such as Carl Dickinson,Charlie Lee and Jimmy Smith.

He said: “When you get a new group of players together, it is always interesting to see if the chemistry is there because it is not always.

But with this group, everyone gets on very well and we take that on to the pitch and I am enjoying playing with this group of players.

“To win three on the bounce and go to places like $tockport and win 3-0 that is not a fluke, that is everything we have been working on.

“I know when I am injury free and focused I know I can play at the top level, I am confident and back my own ability.

“I can add a lot for this group of players, I have good pace and directness and that is what I am going to continue to do.

On the podcast, Wakefield talks about his time coming through the academy system at Chelsea where he suffered persistent hamstring injuries which led to the club giving him stem cell treatment.

He said: “I remember them saying ‘we don’t want you to have surgery, we want you to have stem cell treatment’.

“That is basically where they take bone marrow from your hip, grow it in a laboratory, you have a procedure and it is meant to give your muscle a new lease of life.

“So, I flew to Barcelona, had the operation, they flew it to Italy, it grew in a laboratory for a month, then back to Barcelona, had the procedure and then you should not have a recurrence of the procedure.”

But, he then said how shortly after the treatment he suffered a collapsed lung following a holiday to New York which meant he was not able to train or play for two months.

He added: “Everything happens for a reason, because it allowed my hamstring to get the benefits of the treatment, so I look back on it as the best thing that every happened to me.

You can read more about Charlie’s injury in another article – here.

If you have not listened to any of the other Grassroots Guy interviews with Lawson D’Ath, Matt Worthington and ex-Glover Carl Dickinson, catch them – here.

Charlie Wakefield in action vs King’s Lynn – Pic Courtesy of Mike Kunz

Yeovil Town winger Charlie Wakefield spoke to BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins following the Glovers’ 1-0 home win over FC Halifax Town on Saturday and was delighted to secure not just a second win on the bounce, but also the team’s first clean sheet.

“It was a bit like Monday (vs Aldershot), we had to dig deep, it was an unbelievable atmosphere, Monday was an unbelievable atmosphere with the away fans and we’ve managed to do it again

“That’s our third game where we’ve come in at half time 1-0 up, first one (vs King’s Lynn) we lost a man, we let it slip, but to show the character to bounce back and get the win.

“I always feel like we enjoy these more than a 4-0 or 5-0, where you have to dig real deep, when the final whistle goes and you see the fans like that – it was some atmosphere, huh?”

On his own performances and his introduction to the Glovers’ team the former Chelsea academy product says he’s adapted his game for the good of the team.

“Normally I’d be a bit running at the ball (Editor’s Note; I think he means defence!), I’m a very direct player, I’ve been working, I feel like I’ve been working hard for the team and i’m enjoying that, I want to work, I want to be the one that puts the shift in for the boys, for the club.”

Wakefield was quick to highlight the performances of both Joe Quigley – who’s goal separated the two sides – and Max Hunt as a rock in defence during the win over the Shaymen.

“Joe, has been unbelievable hasn’t he? Unreal, when you’ve got someone on form like him, he goes into every game confident that he’s going to score – which helps me, if I go down the line, nine times out of ten, when you’re striker’s on form, he’s gunna put it in, so I get a bit of credit too!

“We are all in a really happy place… you want to work that extra mile, you want to put that extra yard in for the person next to you.

“Hunty (Max Hunt), at the end, his tackle, unreal, not only going forward are we clinical with Joe, but those sort of tackles means we get the win.”

Wakefield finished off the interview by saying there was no fear heading into next weekend’s game against Stockport, the team, he says couldn’t be going into the clash any more confident.

 

 

 

Charlie Wakefield battles against Yeovil’s Charlie Lee for Wealdstone last season

New Yeovil Town midfielder Charlie Wakefield has been speaking to Goal.com about his horrid luck with injury, illness and contract situations as he looks to head back to the big time, starting off at Huish Park this season.

The former Chelsea youngster looked set for stardom under Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge, before a string of injuries hampered his progression through the youth set up.

He impressed in the Under 18s and Under 23s alongside some household names including one of England’s Euro 2020 hero’s Mason Mount.

“I played in unbelievable teams with the likes of Mason Mount, Andreas Christensen, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and many more. Everything was good… All of a sudden, injuries started. I have had 10 hamstring injuries between the ages of 18 and 21.”

Hamstring problems aside, the former England Youth player also had to have a couple of months off after a serious incident after returning from holiday in the United States.

“I had 10 days off to go on holiday so I went to New York with my girlfriend. The plane journey led to me suffering a collapsed lung on the drive to my first training session upon my return, I was rushed to hospital from the training ground and I had to have two months out with no exercise after that.”

It is of no surprise that after all that, Charlie admits needing help with his mental wellbeing, teaming up with the charity Tape 2 Talk, a mental health focus group for young players who have found themselves going through hard times or having been released from clubs.

Covid also brought his time at Coventry to a screeching halt and Wakefield now says that a move to Yeovil – via Wealdstone and Bromley – is a chance for him to begin climbing back up the ladder – and hopefully taking the Glovers along with him.

“I am grateful, but I don’t think it is arrogant to say that I know I can play in the Football League. I hope to look back on one hell of a journey and story, losing it and getting it back…

“People like Jamie Vardy and Tyrone Mings inspire you, who went through non-league and came back. Six good months can change your life in football, that’s what’s great about the sport.”

Everyone here at the Gloverscast is excited to see Charlie at Huish Park and wishes his charitable ventures off the pitch all the very best too.

 

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Winger Charlie Wakefield has become Yeovil Town‘s latest signing after arriving on a one-year deal.

The 23-year-old was released by National League rivals Bromley at the end of the season having started the campaign at Wealdstone.

Speaking to the club’s official website, the former Chelsea youngster said: “I’m just excited to show the fans, what I’m capable of doing, what I can offer the team.

“I’m a unique player because I’ve been blessed with pace, and I want to be direct which will excite people. So, I’m looking forward to seeing the fans and them seeing me play.”

It is not the first time Wakefield has linked up with Glovers’ boss Darren Sarll. Sarll signed the then-19-year-old on a season long loan from Chelsea at the start of the 2017-18 season, but a recurring muscle injury meant he did not make an appearance for the Hertfordshire side.

The following year he had a spell in League One at Coventry City making eight substitute appearances before being released in October 2020 when he joined Wealdstone.

He turned out twice against the Glovers in the 2020-21 campaign, making his Wealdstone debut in the 2-2 draw at Huish Park in October and then coming on for the last five minutes of Bromley’s 2-1 win at Huish Park in March.

He was released by Bromley earlier this month following the expiry of his contract.