Yeovil give Tate royal treatment after completing loan signing

With the UK being swept by the euphoria of the new addition to the Royal family, it was only fitting that many clubs were in celebratory mood alongside the rest of the country.

None were more festive than newly promoted Yeovil Town who gave new loan signing Alan Tate a full royal experience on his arrival at Huish Park.

Tate, who moved to the club from Premier League side Swansea, was given his own special easel that mimicked the same one given to William and Kate’s baby on Monday night right to the finest details such as font and message.

The easel simply read “Yeovil Town Football Club was safely delivered of a loan defender at 1pm today.Alan Tate from Swansea City has signed until 2nd January 2014”

It was the club’s media officer, James Healey, who was the brains behind the stunt thinking that it was the perfect opportunity to take advantage of all the hype that was circulating throughout the country. He went on to explain more to The Sun where he revealed that “with all the royal baby stuff going on, we thought about having a go at doing this.”

Aside from the royal jokes, Yeovil’s signing of Tate is a strong move for the side needing experienced players to help guide the club on their return to The Championship after winning the League One playoffs back in May.

Tate is certainly an experienced campaigner in the Championship having featured as a regular starting member of the Swansea squad before they got promoted back in 2011.

But Tate has become nothing more of a bit player for The Swans since their promotion being limited to just a handful of Premier League appearances at the Liberty Stadium.

Tate returned to The Championship briefly for a loan spell with Leeds last season where he made 7 appearances for the club before returning back to Swansea after talks over a permanent deal between the two sides broke down in January.

Having notched up 293 appearances for Swansea over the past 10 years, the former Manchester United trainee will certainly sure up the back lines for The Glovers.

Nobody is expecting Yeovil to generate as much buzz this season as The Royal Family might have done in just a few days but their little stunt is certainly a moment that will be remembered throughout the rest of the season.

Andrew Roach is writer and editor of A keen Arsenal fan who is always on the pulse of all things at the Emirates!