Yeovil Town Story Part 25
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SEASON 1962-63 : ANOTHER PROFITABLE SEASON UNDER BASIL HAYWARD

After two seasons of success, the 1962/63 season saw Yeovil Town drop to eleventh place in the Premier Division with 40 points from the 40 games played. Cambridge City took the Championship, current champions Oxford United having been elected to the Football League at the end of the previous season, with 56 points, followed by Cambridge United and Weymouth.

Chelmsford City caused havoc in football circles by exploiting the ruling allowing transfer-listed League players to join for no fee by signing Bobby Mason from Wolves. The audacious move led to Chelmsford being banned from applying for League status for five years. Mason subsequently returned to the First Division with Leyton Orient in a £15,000 deal.

Yeovil started the season with a 3-2 defeat at Huish against Kettering Town and this set the pattern for very mixed results in the first two months of the campaign. Manager Basil Hayward switched the team around in the search for a winning combination, using 16 players before the First F.A. Cup match came along. This was a home match in the 4th Qualifying Round against Trowbridge Town, a Terry Foley 'hat-trick' and a fourth goal from Dennis Coughlin giving Yeovil a comfortable 4-0 win in front of 4,144 spectators.

Yeovil again came out of the hat first when the draw for the 1st Round was made. This brought a visit from Dartford, who were defeated 3-2. Once again the men in green and white were favoured by a home draw when the 2nd Round draw was made, the visitors this time being Swindon Town. On the day, 12,292 came along to Huish looking for another Yeovil giantkilling act, but it was not to be as the Wiltshire side ran out 2-0 winners. Making his F.A. Cup debut for Swindon that day was seventeen-year-old Paulton-born winger Don Rogers, who gave Yeovil full-back Alan Herrity a torrid afternoon.

Yeovil also met Trowbridge Town in the Southern League Cup, defeating them 5-3 at Huish and 2-0 at Frome Road in the Qualifying Round. This brought a 1st Round tie at Cheltenham, the home side winning 2-1. There was still talk of forming a Fifth Division of the Football League early in 1963, but, as always, nothing came of it.

During 1962 plans were drawn up for a new Grandstand. This would seat over 2,000 spectators and under the Stand would be the dressing rooms, treatment rooms, Boardroom, Vice-Presidents' room together with bars and accommodation for the Supporters' Club to hold dances and bingo. All the home fixtures were brought forward and in April the old stand which had been used in the Pen Mill days was demolished and the new £60,000 replacement started. In the years to come this large investment was to prove to be an excellent one with extra revenue obtained both from extra "gate" takings and also from the Social activities held every night of the week.

The Club made a profit of £11,181 on the season, the basis of the first team squad being - goalkeepers: Jones, Chilvers; full-backs: Herrity, Rideout, Harris; half-backs: Albury, Blackburn, Muir, Lambden, forwards: Pounder, Taylor, Ashe, Hall, Hedges, Webber, Adlam, Watts and Withey.

George Muir had returned from Hibernian whilst, as the end of the season, Dennis Coughlin was transferred to Bournemouth for a fee of £1,520.

Bill Albury and Ernie Ashe both made the most appearances, clocking up 50 games apiece, whilst Dave Taylor made his customary position as leading goalscorer, netting 26 times from his 40 starts.

Link: 1962-63 First Team Fixtures And Results.

Link: 1962-63 First Team Scorers.

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