The Club opened the 1946/47 season with a new name and a new manager. The name was
changed from 'Yeovil & Petters United' to the present 'Yeovil Town' whilst, from over
sixty applicants, the comparatively unknown Alec Stock was selected as player/manager
in the place of Billy Kingdom.
Before the war, Alec Stock had played for Charlton Athletic and then Queens Park Rangers.
At 27 years of age, he was the country's youngest manager of a professional club and must
have been a little awed by the enormity of the task facing him. Leading members of his playing
squad were goalkeeper Rideout (local), full-backs Hickman (from Aston Villa), Doyle (Everton)
and Davis (local), Half-backs Sibley (local), Afflect (Southampton), Collins (Crystal Palace)
and Marshall (Cardiff City), and forwards Gore (Fulham), Smith (Fulham), Mitchenson
(Plymouth Argyle), White (local), Hartburn (Bishop Auckland), Mustard (Exeter City) and
Dodkin (Wells). League Table 1946-47
In Stock's first season, Yeovil Town headed the Southern
Table for a long spell, finally finishing in fourth place (out of
seventeen clubs) with Gillingham taking the championship.
Southern League Cup was played in four groups, the winners
of each group going forward to the semi-finals. Yeovil won all
four group matches, defeated Worcester City 2-0 in the semi-finals and lost
4-2 on aggregate to Gillingham in the final which
was staged at the start of the following season.
In the FA. Cup,
Yeovil Town thrashed Dartmouth 10-2 at Huish in the 4th
Qualifying Round, attendance 7,000, but were held 2-2 by
Peterborough United in the 1st Round, 'gate' 7,500. The replay
at London Road was lost by a solitary goal before 9,500
Largely as a result of transferring Johnny Hartburn to Queen's Park Rangers for £1,000,
the Club finished the season with a balance of £2,000. During the season, more local players
had made first team appearances than at any time in the Club's professional history, including
Ken Sibley and Glyn White from llminster, Ken Hayward and Dennis Horlock from Yeovil and
Ralph Davis from Stoke-under-Ham.
Link: 1946-47 First Team Fixtures And Results.
Link: 1946-47 First Team Scorers.