Following the departure of Glyn Davies to manage Swansea Town at the end of the 1964/65
season, the club appointed Joe McDonald as the new Player Manager on 11th August. 1965. McDonald
had made 110 First Division
appearances in three seasons for Nottingham Forest, winning an FA Cup winners medal with them in
1958 when Luton Town were defeated. Prior to coming to Yeovil he had been manager of Ramsgate Athletic.
Although Yeovil finished in ninth position and 12 points behind winners Weymouth,
managed to score 21 more goals than the Champions.
The 1965/66 season saw the formation of a new competition, the Western Counties Floodlight
League. Yeovil's first game in this competition was held at Huish on 6th October, goals from Bill Albury
(pen.), Dave Taylor and Terry Foley giving the home team a comfortable 3-0 win over
Weymouth before a crowd
of 3,153. Yeovil went on to win the league, being followed by Exeter City Reserves,
Plymouth Argyle Reserves, Weymouth, Poole Town,
Torquay United Reserves, Bath City and Cheltenham Town. Four
points were awarded for an away win, three for a home win, two for an away draw and one for a home
In the FA Cup Yeovil were drawn away to Portland United in the 4th Qualifying Round. Four
minutes after Tony Pounder had put Yeovil into the lead six minutes into the second half, 'keeper
Dave Jones collapsed with cartilage trouble and Dave Taylor went in goal. He held out until the third minute
of injury time before conceding the equaliser. The replay at Huish saw Yeovil win 3-0 in front of 6,005
spectators, Gordon Chilvers taking over in goal.
The draw for the first round brought an away match at Brentford. A special train was organised
(fare 21/-) as well as twenty coaches for the trip to London. After a goalless first half, Dave Taylor
the Brentford bar in the first minute of the second half, but Brentford then took a two goal lead before
Chris Harding clawed one back late in the game.
Yeovil team: Chilvers, Herrity, McDonald, Albury,
Lambden, Muir, Pounder, Harding, Randall, Taylor, Ashe.
Bill Albury, Dave Taylor and Ernie Ashe qualified for a testimonial during the season, games
being played against Portsmouth, Gillingham and an All-Star XI. As a result, each player received a
cheque for £283.
Two 8-0 victories in the space of four days followed by a 5-4 success against Cheltenham put
Yeovil in second place in the Southern League by mid January, but the team's away form let them
down in the remainder of the season so that, by early April, they were out of the running for the title.
April 5th saw the debut of local boy Clive Burfield, the son of Norman Burfield - today's Club
Prior to the start of the season, it had been decided to withdraw the Reserves from the Western
League and enter them in the Dorset Combination. Following a board decision on 21st March to
return to the Western League the following season, the Chairman
of the club Stanley Pinder, resigned. He was replaced by Mr
The highlight of the season was winning the Southern
League Cup. Successes over Poole Town, Wellington Town
(Telford United) and Worcester City brought a semi-final encounter
with Hastings United. Drawn to play in Sussex, the match ended
2-2, Yeovil winning the replay 3-1 to set up a two-legged final with
Guildford City. The first leg was staged at Huish, 2,805 spectators
seeing Yeovil take a two one lead through goals from George Muir
and Len Harris. A goalless draw in the second leg saw the cup on
the Huish sideboard for a record fourth time.
Bill Albury made 66 first team appearances during the
season, the leading goalscorers being Chris Harding with 25
followed by George Muir with 23. Players not retained at the end
of the campaign were Ashe, Hirst and Pounder. First team
appearances were made by: Albury, Ashe, Harris, Muir, Herrity,
Taylor, Harding, Pounder, Read, Foley, Chilvers, Hirst, Lambden,
Jones, Randall, McDonald, Burfield, Webber, Watts and Wilkins.
Link: 1965-66 First Team Fixtures And Results.
Link: 1965-66 First Team Scorers.