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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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