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SEASON 1969-70 : THE 'GREEN & WHITE SUPPORTERS' CLUB IS FORMED

The summer of 1969 saw the 'sacking' of Yeovil Town Supporters' Club due to their failure to hand over money to the Football Club. The decision, implemented on 2nd July, followed months of disagreement and led to the formation of the present Green & White Supporters' Club with a committee of 20.

It had also been announced during the summer that the Club had made a record loss of £6,015 during the 1968/69 season.

Tony Clark, who was signed up by Mike Hughes
Tony Clark who made his debut for the club on March 4th 1970. He went on to make 379 appearances before being released in May 1977.
In the meantime, new manager Mike Hughes made many useful signings. These included Stuart Housley, Cyril Davies, Ronnie Williams, Paul Lowrie, Tony Clark, Malcolm Smith and John Clancy. Cliff Myers had re-signed, but only on the understanding that his name would be circulated to Football League clubs. In view of the offer from Oxford United for his services made the previous season, he felt he should also have a pay increase.

The season got off to a dreadful start, a 1-0 defeat at home to Hillingdon Borough in front of 1,930 spectators being followed by a 1-1 draw at Huish against Poole Town and a 7-0 defeat at Margate. Certainly Mike Hughes' baptism to football management was traumatic. After eight games Yeovil Town were one from bottom in the Southern League and had been knocked out of the Somerset Professional Cup 1-0 at Minehead. Gates had dropped to 1,300.

The revival started on 20th September when Yeovil avenged their defeat at Margate by winning the return match 5-2 at Huish with Cliff Myers scoring four times. The team's next defeat was not until the end of November. Meanwhile, Yeovil drew 0-0 at Minehead in the Fourth Qualifying Round of the F.A. Cup, 5,003 people witnessing the same scoreline in the replay at Huish. The second replay at St. James' Park, Exeter, saw Yeovil finally win through 5-0 to earn a home match in the First Round against Third Division Shrewsbury Town.

After conceding two goals in six minutes, Yeovil outplayed the visitors but then gave away another 'soft' goal to lose 3-2. Full-back Alan Herrity made his 400th appearance for the Club in this match.

November saw the first Sunday match ever played at Huish, the Reserves entertaining Welton Rovers on 2nd November. Welton won 5-3 and the attendance of 500 was the best of the season for the Reserves.

Another first came in January, 1970, when Yeovil played their first game in the FA. Challenge Trophy. The scoreline was Corby Town 4 Yeovil Town 3 - Yeovil's profit from the game being just £10.

John Clancy and Stuart Housley
John Clancy and Stuart Housley, signed by Mike Hughes in the summer of 1969. The two wingers went on to terrorise defences, making 866 appearances between them and scoring 137 goals.
At the end of January, after a 3-0 victory against Gloucester City, Yeovil moved to the top of the league table: After their bad start to the season, the Championship was now a real possibility. Goalkeeper Tony Clark made his debut for the Club on 4th March, replacing Ken Jones, who had made 168 consecutive appearances. By the beginning of April, Yeovil were still top with three more points than Cambridge United, who had four games in hand.

The two clubs had still to meet; the first clash was at Cambridge on 16th April, when Yeovil won 2-1 in front of a crowd of 5,775. The return at Huish attracted 4,557 who roared Yeovil to a 4-1 victory with goals from Housley, Thompson and Plumb (2).

The Yeovil team that day was: Clark; Herrity, Smith; Myers, Hughes; Housley, Plumb, Davies, Thompson and Clancy.

The last game of the season decided the Championship. Yeovil won 2-1 at home to Brentwood, whilst Cambridge United won 2-0 against Margate ... and with it the title by just one point. They then went on to gain the election to the Football League at the expense of Bradford Park Avenue. Yeovil had also prepared for a place amongst the elite, Bob Lord having inspected Huish in April on behalf of the Football League and giving the ground an 'A grading - one of only three given to Non-League clubs at the time.

In the Southern League Cup, wins over Trowbridge Town and Hereford United were followed by a shock 1-0 exit against Gloucester City at Huish. The Reserves escaped bottom place in the Western League for the first time in four years, finishing 18th of 20. Nevertheless, the decision to withdraw from the Western League and disband the Youth team on financial grounds was carried out.

At the end of the season, Cyril Davies was transferred to Charlton Athletic of the Second Division for a fee of £3,000 plus £2,000 after 10 games. He went on to represent Wales at International level. Ken Jones, Charlie Mitten, Paul Lowrie, Malcolm Smith and Chris Weller were not retained, although Weller was re-signed by the club later in the summer.

The leading goalscorers were Plumb (30), Myers (21), Housley (13), Thompson and Weller (11). Paul Smith made most appearances (55), followed by Plumb (53).

Link: 1969-70 First Team Fixtures And Results.

Link: 1969-70 First Team Scorers.

Season 1969-70 : Southern League Table
Overall
Team P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Cambridge United 42 26 6 10 86 49 58 +37
2 Yeovil Town 42 25 7 10 78 48 57 +30
3 Chelmsford City 42 20 11 11 76 58 51 +18
4 Weymouth 42 18 14 10 59 37 50 +22
5 Wimbledon 42 19 12 11 64 52 50 +12
6 Hillingdon Borough 42 19 12 11 56 50 50 +6
7 Barnet 42 16 15 11 71 54 47 +17
8 Telford United 42 18 10 14 61 62 46 -1
9 Brentwood Town 42 16 13 13 61 38 45 +23
10 Hereford United 42 18 9 15 74 65 45 +9
11 Bath City 42 18 8 16 63 55 44 +8
12 King's Lynn 42 16 11 15 72 68 43 +4
13 Margate 42 17 8 17 70 64 42 +6
14 Dover Athletic 42 15 10 17 51 50 40 +1
15 Kettering Town 42 18 3 21 64 75 39 -11
16 Worcester City 42 14 10 18 35 44 38 -9
17 Romford 42 13 11 18 50 62 37 -12
18 Poole Town 42 8 19 15 48 57 35 -9
19 Gloucester City 42 12 9 21 53 73 33 -20
20 Nuneaton Borough 42 11 10 21 52 74 32 -22
21 Crawley Town 42 6 15 21 53 101 27 -48
22 Burton Albion 42 3 9 30 24 82 15 -58

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