Yeovil's attempt for a place in the Football League during the summer of 1927 proved unsuccessful.
Instead Torquay United's application was, so it was Southern League again for the 1927-28 season.
The season turned out to be another disappointing one for the Club, finishing only ninth in the
league. Even more
disastrously, after winning 3-0 at Green Waves (Plymouth) in the Preliminary Round of the F.A. Cup,
Yeovil crashed out
of the competition 1-3 at Plymouth Civil Services.
At the start of the season the club had signed eight new players
including Bert Grist from the R.A.F. who went on to serve the club in
many capacities for over 50 years. The season also saw the setting up
of the Federation of Supporters' Clubs.
In the club's first programme of the season it was reported that
complaints had been received from the Sanitary Authority and it was
strongly urged, in the interests of public health and decency, to make
use of the toilet facilities provided on the ground!!
Jimmy Wiltshire, who later went on to referee an F.A. Cup Final
at Wembley, was in charge of Yeovil's opening game of the season
against Barry Town.
After only three games there was concern in the Boardroom and
in programme no. 3, dated 8th September, the editor wrote 'Several of
our players have failed to enhance their reputations, in fact to live up to
them, and the Directors are making changes in the composition of the
team to do duty in the game against Aberdare today. This must not be
construed as being the outcome of a feeling of panic, as we feel confident we have
sufficient talent at our disposal to give
a good account of ourselves. We are, however, anxious to settle on a team which
will, above all things, blend'. Yeovil won
that game 5-3!
The Club's Football Development Committee ran a competition for an Austin motor car.
This was won by Mr. R. Wedlake, of 2 Wyke Road, Bruton, and the winning ticket was sold by
Miss S. Asker of Castle Cary.
By Christmas, Yeovil were at the foot of the table and supporters were getting more
and more impatient with the
players, so much so that the club wrote the following in the programme on 3rd December 1927 -
"We dislike to be
repeatedly criticising the spectators, and know that it is only a very few who are ignorant
enough to show their lack of
knowledge of the game by continually individualising, and also by their 'barracking',
'play the game' and 'keep your place',
were instances heard last Saturday. These remarks were uncalled for. The first was when
tactics were being used which
were essential under the circumstances, and the final remark mentioned was keeping his
place, which greatly proves the
lack of knowledge of the game these critics have. Unless this is stopped in future, severe
measures will have to be
adopted, as our players are more willing to participate in away matches than home fixtures,
because they receive more
fair play from opposition spectators. Not only does this barracking from just a few make it
bad for the other spectators, but it does not encourage our players to give of their best."
At the end of the season, Player Manager, Jack Gregory resigned and his place was taken
by Tony Lowes, who had played at inside left for the club for two seasons.