Tag: Yeovil Town

The Glovers Are Off: The Precipitous Slide Of Yeovil Town

The extent to which the fortunes of football clubs can wax and wane can be seen on no greater contrast at present than in the recent experiences of Leicester City and Yeovil Town. A little over a year and a half ago, Leicester required a stoppage time equaliser from Chris Wood to secure a one-all draw from their match against the Glovers at the King Power Stadium. Fast forward back to the current day, however, and Leicester City, fuelled by the goals of Jamie Vardy, sit in second place in the Premier League, separated from Manchester City and top...

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It’s Yeovil’s Turn To Be Giant-Killed In The FA Cup – Well, Almost

How times have changed. So many times in the past the FA Cup giant-killers, Yeovil Town, now stalwart members of League One were knocked out themselves this evening, at home in an FA Cup Second Round replay, by a non-league club. The Glovers had been comfortable in the first match against Blue Square Premier promotion chasers Fleetwood Town with a two goal lead, but two late Fleetwood goals earned a replay at Huish Park and this evening the non-league club finished off the job with a two goal win that hands them arguably the tie of their dreams at the start of January.¬† While two divisions separate these two sides for the time being, they could yet be playing each other in League Two next season. Yeovil Town are just two points and two places off a relegation place in League One, and have financial pressures of their own. Fleetwood Town, on the other hand, sit in second place in the Blue Square Premier, three points behind leaders Wrexham but with a game in hand, their recent success funded by the property developer, who has partnered the club’s on-field success with development of the club’s Highbury ground. On the basis of this evening’s match, though, it was clear which was the stronger of these two sides. A goal in each half from Jamie McGuire and Jamie Vardy¬†was enough to...

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Those We Have Lost: Huish, Yeovil Town

As you can see, I have taken the opportunity to give this place a lick of paint ahead of some changes that we are planning to make for the start of the new season. Hopefully everything should work properly – feel free to let me know if you come across any glaring errors! This morning, meanwhile, we are returning to the subject of the lost football grounds of Britain, and we are indebted to Martin Baker from Ciderspace for this article on the subject of Yeovil Town’s former home, Huish. Before Yeovil Town moved to their current edge-of-town stadium at Huish Park in 1990, they occupied a town centre ground simply called Huish. This wasn’t the club’s original setting, but it was the location where the majority of their football had been played – spending 70 years there, whilst their reputation and standing in non-league football grew, largely thanks to their giantkilling exploits. The name of the ground was borrowed from the name of a suburb in the town – you’ll find numerous parts of Somerset carry the Huish (or similar) monicker, which in Old English referred to a group of houses, or a household. The land was originally owned by the Brutton’s Brewery, and on August 28th 1920, the new stadium was opened by their Reserve side, who played Christchurch in a Dorset League match. At that time,...

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Something Personal About Colin Lippiatt

We didn’t quite realise just how much of an event it was until we arrived at the ground itself. St Albans City had finished in second place in the 2005/06 Blue Square South table behind big-spending Weymouth, but the team had hardly set the local populace alight (the average home crowd for that season remained less than 600 and the club didn’t record a home crowd of over 1,000 people for the whole of the season). The possibility of promotion to the Blue Square Premier, the highest level of football that the club had played at since its formation in 1908, seemed to be an acquired taste for local people and it still felt a long way away, even on the day of the play-off final itself. The opposition, Histon, were a village team from near Cambridge. We even wondered aloud on the way to Stevenage for the match whether the crowd for it would attract many more than 1,000 people. Colin Lippiatt’s team deserved better than this. They might have ended the league season as runners-up to Weymouth, but they ran them close, eventually effectively ceding defeat in the championship race only after a narrow 3-2 defeat at The Wessex Stadium with just a couple of league matches of the season left to play. That the team should be anywhere near the top of the table in the...

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Yeovil Town’s Veil Of Silence

Earlier this week saw the twentieth anniversary of Yeovil Town’s move from The Huish, their famously sloping home since 1928, to the brand new Huish Park stadium. In the intervening two decades much has changed and, for Yeovil Town, this has meant moving into the Football League and establishing themselves in League One. There doesn’t, however, seem to be much of an atmosphere of celebration at this anniversary in Somerset, though, with Yeovil supporters becoming concerned at the behaviour of the club’s chairman, John Fry. There are now five registered companies associated with the club but, over the course of this summer and shareholders in the club are now being asked to vote for that most troubling of notions – the separation of the club from ownership of its own ground. The first inkling of what was going on at the club was released to the local newspaper, the Western Gazette, at the start of June with a statement crammed full of what can only be described as “marketing bullshit”. Fry’s public statement on the subject deserves to be reproduced in full: Our aim is to create a Yeovil Town holding company which will enable the directors to focus specifically on the development of our football and Huish Park assets and facilitate the enhancement of our brand. The recent and current economic climate has made it considerably more challenging...

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