As has so often been the case in the history of Yeovil Town Football Club, a change of manager
also meant a change in fortunes of the team in the 1960/61 season. Under Basil Hayward, who had
been appointed in April, Yeovil Town climbed to third place in
the Premier Division of the Southern League, added another Football League 'scalp' to the long list of
successes in the F.A. Cup and won the Southern League Cup for the second time. But even though the Club
had a successful season, attendances were still on the decline with the average 'gate' falling to 3,173.
The season got underway with a 2-0 win at home to Cambridge City, Tony Pounder and
Dave Taylor getting the goals. Yeovil's biggest victories were against Bedford Town (10-0),
Wisbech Town (9-0),
Boston United (8-0), Hastings United (7-0) and Weymouth (7-1). In fact, Town were the League's leading
goalscorers with 109 and conceded only 54. Only two home defeats were suffered all season, Guildford City
and Weymouth both winning 1-0.
Oxford United, who had just changed their name from
Headington United, won the Championship with 64 points and Boston United dropped out of the Southern League.
In the F.A. Cup Yeovil reached the First Round after an
easy 4-0 win against Trowbridge Town at Frome Road. The draw was
unkind, for it brought a trip to Walsall, then top of the Third Division.
Yeovil took the lead after 27 minutes of the match with a goal from
Dave Taylor - the 300 travelling supporters watching their team hold on
for another famous victory. At times it seemed as if the clock in the
stand at Fellows Park had stopped! This was Walsall's only home
defeat of the season, which they finished by winning promotion to the
Dave Taylor scored the winning goal against Walsall in the FA Cup.
The Yeovil Town team on duty that day was: Dave Jones, Mike Lyons, Basil Hayward,
Bill Albury, Derek Blackburn,
Bobby McLaughlin, Tony Pounder, Danny Paton, Jim Kelly,
Dave Taylor, and Ernie Ashe.
In the Second Round Yeovil were drawn away
to Bournemouth, going out of the competition with a 3-1 defeat.
Consolation came in the form of the Southern League
Cup, successes over Trowbridge Town, Weymouth, Merthyr Tydfil,
Hereford United and Guilford City bringing a tussle against Chelmsford City
in the final. The first leg was played at Huish and Yeovil won 3-0.
But the Essex side won the return by the same scoreline, which meant
a toss of the coin for choice of venue for the decider. Fortunately, the
coin came down in Yeovil's favour and, on 28th April, Chelmsford City
flew down to Yeovil for the game. Two goals from Dave Taylor gave Yeovil
the Cup once again in front of 5,172 spectators.
The season ended up on a sad note when it became time to say 'goodbye' to Danny Paton,
who had ended his spell of National Service and was returning to Scotland to play for Hearts
(he later went on to gain Scottish Under 23 Cap). There was many a tearful eye that afternoon
as Danny was chaired off the pitch to the strains of 'There was a Scottish Soldier'.
However, another Scot was doing his National Service at Houndstone Camp during the season and joined
the Club.... George Muir.
The season's first team playing staff was, goalkeepers: Jones, Fowler, full-backs:
Harris, Robshaw, Lyons (from Swindon Town), Hayward (Portsmouth), half-backs: Blackburn,
McLaughlin, O'Donnell, Topping, Albury (Gillingham), Muir (Hibernian),
Paton, Pacey, Coughlin, Phillips, Kelly (Swindon Town), Taylor (Portsmouth) and
Ashe (Leicester City).
Dave Taylor was the only player to take part in all the fifty nine games played, scoring
fifty nine goals in the process.
Link: 1960-61 First Team Fixtures And Results.
Link: 1960-61 First Team Scorers.