Junior Premier League


Paul West

Paul is our Director of Coaching and hardly needs any introduction as he is one of the most well-known people in the whole of Taunton.

Professionally, Paul runs his own building and window contracting businesses, as well as his own football development centre ‘SoccerBox’ for children aged 4-11.

Paul is married to Kelly. He has 4 children, one of whom is Albe who plays for the Under 15 Clarets, and a grandson Archie.

Paul rose through the ranks at TTFC from the youth team, through the reserve before making his first team debut in 1987.  He is currently Taunton’s second highest appearance holder.

Paul was forced to retire through injury in 2002. But during his time representing the club, he won 5 Western League titles, played in the infamous FA Vase loss at Wembley in 1994, and was captain in 2001 when the club eventually won the FA Vase, this still being its highest honour. He would probably be playing now if his knees would allow!

Paul was also manager of the first team between 2009 and 2012, a period when the finances of the club were strained and he was only able to work on a tight budget.  However, this did enable him to concentrate on the discovery of local youth players, giving debuts to several youngsters including current player Ollie Chamberlain

It is fair to say that if you cut Paul in half, you would see the Taunton colours running through his core.

Steve Willis

Steve has been elected as Chairperson of the board of trustees.

Professionally, he is a Chartered Loss Adjuster dealing with insurance claims for houses, businesses, churches and historic buildings.

Steve is married to Barbara. They have 3 children, one of whom is Adam who plays for the Under 15 Clarets.

Steve also assists with warm-ups/fitness sessions for the Clarets and often runs the line on match days. He rarely stands still, being one of those mad types who thinks running miles and miles is fun.

He has previously held a voluntary position as a Vice-Chair Governor for a local Primary School.

Emily Davis

Emily acts as Secretary and Vice-Chair on the board of trustees. Previously she has held volunteering roles as the Vice-Chair and Chair of Governors for a local Primary School; she also has fundraising/charity experience working with school PTAs.

Professionally she works for PwC in their Global Human Capital (HC) team where she is a team leader responsible for Global Learning & Development helping adults to develop their leadership and communication skills.

Emily is married to Kris. They have 3 children, one of whom is Ryan who plays for the Under 15 Clarets.

In her spare time Emily likes to run, play netball, read novels and play the piano.

Simon Squire

Simon assists with co-ordinating the finances of the trust, working closely with Neil Cottey and our administrator, Neil White.

Professionally he owns and runs Hydramatic, an engineering Solutions & Supplies business specialising in Hydraulics and Pneumatics.  They are based in Wellington, Somerset and Bude, Cornwall.

Hydramatic is also a main sponsor of the Under 14s.  His son Oliver plays for this team.

Simon is married to Claire and has 2 Children, some would say 3 if you include the Family dog ‘Charlie’.

Outside of work he is a keen fair-weather cyclist and has now been bitten by the running bug.  Previously, Simon has been involved with fundraising on a voluntary basis for a local Primary School.

Neil Cottey

Neil is the trust’s financial controller.

Professionally, he is a self-employed accountant working mainly from his home in Taunton. Neil is married to Jackie. They have a school aged daughter.

Neil’s association with Taunton Town Football Club goes back to the start of the 1989-90 season when, searching for a game to watch, he found himself drawn to what is now The Viridor Stadium for an FA Cup preliminary round game against Minehead. He followed them in the next round and for the remainder of the title winning season in the Western League. From then on, he was ‘hooked’.


As the club continued to enjoy Western League and FA Vase success, many of the supporters wanted to see the team test themselves at a higher level. This meant that funds needed to be raised to meet the required ground grading regulations and the Taunton Football Supporters Club 2001 was born. At that, Neil became more deeply involved. Over the years, he has assisted with many events and activities to develop the club and facilities. Neil can still usually be seen at home matches selling tickets or making arrangements for the half time jackpot draw.

Neil has long held the view that a club the size of Taunton should always engage in the community to maximise the chances of the first team players being local. Therefore, he was delighted to join in with the programme and use his accountancy knowledge to help the Taunton Youth FC Community Trust.

Tracy Gladstone-Smith

Tracy is working with the parent reps for each age group to increase fundraising and to be a contact for the parent reps.

Tracy was previously the Chairperson of a local preschool, she now volunteers for Citizens Advice as a generalist adviser.

Tracy was previously a Bank Manager, and now working with her partner Steve, they run their own Investment company in Taunton.

Tracy and Steve have 4 children and a grandson. Charlie, the youngest child, is currently playing in the U12 age group. 

In any spare time, Tracy likes to read and bake.

Matt Crook

Details pending.