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SEASON 1957-58 : JIMMY BALDWIN AND JIMMY HILL COME FACE TO FACE

Following the abrupt arrival and departure of Norman Dodgin to Barrow, Jimmy Baldwin came to Huish as the Club's new Player/Manager for the 1957/58 season. A wing-half, his Football League clubs had included Blackburn Rovers and Leicester City. He had been Player/Manager of Yarmouth in the Eastern Counties League for one season prior to moving West.

This was to be the last of a single division format for the Southern League and Western League champions Poole Town replaced Llanelly. The attendances at the start of the season were still averaging around the 5,000 mark, whilst on the field, the team showed some improvement by finishing the campaign three places higher than the previous season.

The Southern League Cup proved the least successful for several seasons, Town going out in the Second Round in a replay at Weymouth.

As has so often been the case, it was the FA Cup that brought most excitement for the Club's followers. In the Fourth Qualifying Round, Yeovil Town defeated visitors Bideford 3-1 (6,000 gate). Included in Bideford's team that day was Eric Bryant, a member of Yeovil's famous giant killing team nine years earlier. The First Round brought a tie away to Guildford City, who took a 2-0 lead after only fifteen minutes. But the men in Green and White fought back to earn a 2-2 draw. A 1-0 win in the replay at Huish brought a 'derby' match at home to Bath City in the Second Round, Yeovil running out easy winners 2-0, before a crowd of 11,700 paying £1,050. Included in the Bath City side that day was a promising young player named Alan Skirton.

The draw was unkind in the Third Round, Yeovil having to travel to Fulham - then leaders of the Second Division. A crowd of 39,568 saw Yeovil dominate the first half, when, to everybody's amazement, the referee disallowed a Harry Robshaw 'goal' just before the interval. Had the goal been allowed, the result may have been very different. As it was, Fulham turned it on in the second half and won 4-0, their team including Johnny Haynes, Roy Bentley and the bearded Jimmy Hill.

The Yeovil Town team on duty that day was: Lawrence, Robshaw, Elder, Baldwin, Nagy, Elliott, Riseborough, Alexander, Travis, Torrance and Gray.

Again the annual games against Boston United were played, the Lincolnshire team retaining the Cup 5-3 on aggregate. Two of Boston's players were involved in an accident on their way to Huish and were admitted to hospital.

Before the home game against Cheltenham on 8th February 1958, the crowd joined thousands of other football supporters throughout the country, by observing two minutes silence as a tribute to the Manchester United players and officials who lost their lives in the tragic Munich air crash two days before.

On March 1st, 1958, the old "Penny-on-the-Ball" competition came to an end and was replaced by a new competition called the "Jackpot" (what a money spinner this competition proved to be over the years). The first winner of the Jackpot was Mrs. P. Lock of Nash Farm, East Coker, who won £3.17s.0d.

Norman Dodgin made a brief return to Huish on 11th March, Barrow defeating Yeovil Town 4-1 in a friendly. Meanwhile, local boys Len Vallard and Dave Noakes were attracting the interest of Portsmouth, both leaving the Club and ultimately progressing into the Football League.

Newcomers to the Club during the season included Sinclair (from Leicester City), Lawrence (RNAS), Skinner (local), Earl (Swindon Town), Jimmy Regan (Coventry City), Lambden (Fulham), Vallard (local), Seager (local), Gray (Hibernian), Copper (Walsall), Gemmell (Swindon Town), Stenner (Torquay United), Gaynor (Oldham Athletic) and Noakes (local).

There must have been few seasons in the history of the Club when the squad changed so much. As it was, the leading goalscorer for the season was Don Trevis with 24 goals. During the season, McKay and Nagy had a Testimonial, Gray and Torrance were transferred to Barrow, Thompson to Rochdale and Gemmell to Airdrie.

Link: 1957-58 First Team Fixtures And Results.

Link: 1957-58 First Team Scorers.

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