Yeovil Town opened the 1963/64 season in the Southern League with two defeats at Cambridge City
and Bath City. Meanwhile, 1,014 people saw the Reserves open their season at Huish with a 6-2 win
against Andover - the new stand being used for the first time, although there was still a lot of work
done to complete the bars, vice presidents room and offices.
Yeovil played their first home game against Hinckley Athletic and won 8-1, Dave Taylor getting
goals. Fortunes continued to improve so that, by the time the F.A. Cup came along, the team was in
position in the league.
For the first time in the Club's history, the team had to leave the mainland
for an F.A.
Cup tie. Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, provided the opposition for the Fourth Qualifying Round match
special train was run to Southampton to connect with the ferry to the island. In a hard fought game,
from Adam Moffat put Yeovil into the First Round. During the second half tempers ran high and
Yeovil's centre-forward, had to be restrained by the police as a fight developed on the pitch between
Drawn at home to Southend United in the First Round, a goal from Terry Foley was enough to give
Yeovil victory. A week later Yeovil had a great league victory at Chelmsford City - their first ever
and they first met in the 1938/39 season. The draw for the Second Round of the F.A. Cup brought
Crystal Palace to Huish on 7th December. By then, work was partially completed on the underside of the new stand,
which was opened temporarily for this game.
Many older supporters were talking of the 1934/35 season, when Yeovil had defeated Palace
3-0 in the competition. This time, goals from Dave Taylor (two) and Ken Pound saw Yeovil into the Third
Round yet again. The draw brought another home tie giving history the opportunity to repeat itself, for
came out of the hat. Most of the tipsters in the national press were forcasting a Yeovil victory, but
goalkeeping errors saw the Second Division side progress to the next round. 12,055 attended the game,
the Yeovil Team being: Jones; Herrity, Harris; Albury, Lambden, Muir; Pounder, Foley, Hall, Taylor,
By the time the F.A. Cup run was over, Yeovil were third in the league, twelve points behind
Romford but with four games in hand. Romford were undefeated after playing over half their games. But
they were to win only one more game in the rest of the season and slumped to fifth place.
In February, manager Basil Hayward left the Club to join Bedford Town as manager. His place
at Huish was taken by Glyn Davies. He had a long playing career with Derby County and came to Yeovil as
Player/Manager from Swansea Town. In the same month the Club obtained a license and the Social Club
was opened officially for the first time. The Supporters Club held their first Bingo Drive in the
the following month.
The Southern League Cup again saw the team put up good performances. They went out in
the Fourth Round to Weymouth after overcoming Trowbridge Town, Bath City and Cheltenham Town in the
By the end of March, Yeovil had risen to the top of the
league - a position held right to the end of the season. The Southern
League championship was back at Huish once again! The title was
gained on 22nd April, when Yeovil defeated Nuneaton Borough with a
Terry Foley goal, the team finishing with 63 points - four ahead of
Chelmsford and six ahead of Bath City. Dave Taylor was again leading
goalscorer with 48, followed by Terry Foley with 30. The team was
undefeated at home and only Romford and Guildford City managed to
take a point away from Huish.
In April, Glyn Davies arranged for Derby County to come
to Huish to play in a testimonial game for Dave Jones, Dave Topping,
Ray Lambden and Len Harris. Between them, these four players had
over 30 years' service with the Club and had played in over 1,000
games. The match ended in a 3-3 draw (Derby travelling down without
even charging expenses) and the 'gate' was 2,724.
In addition to those who appeared in the team against
Crystal Palace, Moffat, Ashe, Watts, Chivers, Topping, Davies, Hirst and
Witley also appeared in the first team.
Link: 1963-64 First Team Fixtures And Results.
Link: 1963-64 First Team Scorers.
Yeovil Town's 1964-65 squad as defending champions of the Southern League