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Feb 8, 2018, 3:24 PM
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Former Yeovil Town reserve tTeam, youth team and caretaker manager Maurice O'Donnell has passed away at the age of 86.
Mo was best known as part of the club's first team management set up that helped the club into the Football League in 2003, working under Gary Johnson, but spent in the region of 35 years across three spells working at the football club.
Mo first came to Yeovil Town in 1958 as a player, having previously had a career with Stockport County albeit without any appearances in the Football League.
He was more a reserve team performer by that stage, for which unfortunately the appearance records are not complete, but made 26 first team appearances across three seasons. A hard working player in the engine room we can find just the solitary goal, at St. James Park against Exeter City Reserves, then playing in the Southern League.
By the time his playing days at Huish had ended Mo had fallen in love with the area and never returned to Scotland. He was working in Westlands, as so many connected to the club did at that time, and played around the Western League for a while until Mike Hughes asked him to come back and work with the youths in 1968, and then take over as trainer shortly after, a post he held until 1984.
In the summer of 1984 new manager Ian McFarlane sacked Mo, but was soon gone himself as Yeovil started the season with five consecutive defeats in the Gola League (now known as the National League).
Later managers Gerry Gow and Brian Hall invited him back but Mo declined, using his spare time to help run Sherborne Town.
It was chairman John Fry who finally persuaded Mo to return in the mid nineties, and he became an important part of the backroom staff at the club that saw the club reach the Football League in 2003.
He retired in 2006, having set a record of service at the club which is unlikely to be broken. In addition to his 35 years worth of service spread out across from 1958 until 2006, he was caretaker manager at the club on an estimated seven occasions.
He was a friendly, approachable passionate member of the Glovers backroom team, and undoubtedly played a significant part in where the club is today.
(This post was edited by John Treleven on Feb 8, 2018, 3:30 PM)