Yeovil Town, as Southern League champions and Cup holders, kicked off the 1955/56 season where
they had left off the previous season with a home match against Hastings United.
This was won easily 3-1, the attendance being 6,348. A series of good results followed, the team
being second place in the table at the end of October after suffering only two defeats.
The first floodlit match of the season was a friendly against Boston United (then of the Midland
League), Yeovil losing 3-2. The return match was played at Boston in March the Lincolnshire side
winning again 2-1.
A fine 9-2 win at home against Hereford United set the team up for a 3-0 win at Bideford in
the Fourth Qualifying Round of the F.A. Cup, Frank Fidler (a new signing from Bournemouth) getting
all three goals.
There then followed a titanic struggle with Aldershot in the First Round of the competition.
The first match at Huish ended in a 1-1 draw, the home team being: Singleton; Dominy, Elder;
Edwards, Hardy, Topping; Woan, Fraser, Fidler, Reid, McKay.
The replay at Aldershot also ended 1-1. The second replay was played at The Dell, Southampton,
Aldershot finally coming out on top with a 3-0 win.
As in the previous season, the two Christmas fixtures were against Kidderminster Harriers - and,
again, the results were very odd. Yeovil lost at Kidderminster 4-2 on Boxing Day only to win 10-0
at Huish the following day! Yeovil had finished with only eight men at Aggborough, Mick Reid and
Barry Squires (signed from Bradford City) being sent off and full-back Jimmy Stephen (previously
with Portsmouth) being carried off.
December also saw Yeovil chairman Bill Farthing elected president of the Southern League.
In February Yeovil travelled to play Kettering, who only days before had boldly appointed
Tommy Lawton - arguably England's greatest-ever centre-forward - as player manager. The game's
highlights were shown on television but Yeovil spoilt the party - winning 2-1 after falling behind
in the first minute.
Yeovil Town were to remain in the top three in the Southern League all season, finishing in
third place behind Guildford City and Cheltenham Town with 55 points ... in fact, the same number of
points that had been enough to win the championship the previous season.
For the first time the Southern League Cup was compulsory for members and wins over
Exeter City Reserves, Bath City, Cheltenham Town and Headington United saw the club reach the
final for the second season in succession.
Yeovil took a 4-1 first-leg lead against Gloucester City to Horton Road. It looked all over
when Fidler scored for Yeovil to make it 5-1 on aggregate after just eight minutes of
the second leg but, inspired by player-manager Harry Ferrier,
Gloucester stormed back with goals from Jim Rutherford,
Jackie Dunbar, Phil Friel and Bob Coldray to level the tie at 5-5.
In extra time, Coldray's powerful shot was fumbled by
Barney Singleton to complete the most amazing turn-round in
the cup's history.
During a season which had also seen the arrival of goalkeeper Bird (from Canterbury City),
full-back Jim Elder (Colchester United) and forwards Don Woan (Tranmere Rovers) and
Andy Easton (Chippenham), new signing Frank Fidler finished as top goalscorer with 49
to his name, followed by Micky Reid with 33. The team remained undefeated at Huish in
the Southern League and rounded off the season with a 4-3 win over Bristol City in the final
of the Somerset Professional Cup.
Link: 1955-56 First Team Fixtures And Results.
Link: 1956-57 First Team Scorers.