The club appointed its new Player/Manager on 17th June, 1972. He was Cecil Irwin, aged 30,
who had made over 300 appearances at full-back for Sunderland.
Prior to the manager's appointment, the Board had signed John Brown from Poole Town. Other
signings during the summer were John Piekalnietis (Southend United), Dave Spencer (Hull City)
and Terry Bertram (Carlisle United), whilst Tony Cottle (Bristol City),
Alan Impey (Bristol Rovers), Mike Trebilcock (on loan from Torquay United),
Keith Brierley (on loan from Halifax Town) and Trevor Jones (on loan from Hereford United)
were to join the Club during the season.
The season opened with the Club still smarting from a loss of £4,276 reported at the
AGM in July. By the time the FA Cup came around in November, Yeovil were top of the Southern
League but out of the Southern League Cup - defeated 3-1 at Bath City. Five minutes from the
end of this match, Cecil Irwin slipped on the muddy surface and suffered a cartilage injury
that put this fine player out for almost the rest of the season.
Yeovil opened their FA Cup campaign with a match at home to Taunton Town winning 4-1 with
referee Tony Glasson booking five Taunton players. The First Round brough yet another Football
League Club to Huish, Brentford. Goals from Weller and Myers saw Yeovil into the next round by
2-1, the 'gate' being 9,447. Once again fortune smiled on the men in green and white for they
came out of the hat first paired with Plymouth Argyle, then bottom of the Third Division.
Another giant-killing act was not to be, however, the visitors winning 2-0 in front of
10,577 people. Yeovil's share of the 'gate' was £1,923.75.
New manager Cecil Irwin, formerly of Sunderland, who damaged a cartilage and rarely played during the 1972/73
During November, the Board discussed the possibility of levelling the ground at Huish and
it was ascertained the cost of doing this would be around £17,000. The following month
the Club received an offer of £260,000 for the purchase of Huish.
December started badly with a 3-2 defeat at home to Rugby Town in the FA Trophy, with
Yeovil having been 2-0 up after only ten minutes. Meanwhile things continued to go well in
the Southern League so that, in January, the team was in second place two points behind
Dover with Weymouth five points adrift in third place.
February saw the club launch its first ever professional campaign to try to obtain Football
League status. A budget of £2,500 was set aside and two professionals were appointed
to spearhead the attack. The campaign was launched at the Grand Hotel, Bristol, on 15th March,
1973, with a.press conference and the issue of a brochure. From then until the end of the
season the Club's directors met directors of every First and Second Division club to put
Yeovil's case, but at the Football's League's AGM, Yeovil obtained only 14 votes.
The race for the championship was still wide open at the start of April, Yeovil by this
time being third with 47 points, two points behind leaders Chelmsford City. Yeovil remained
undefeated during the month, but three away draws resulted in Kettering Town taking the title
by just one point from Yeovil Town.
The season was not over for Yeovil Town, however, Alan Herrity, Chris Weller, Paul Smith
and Ken Thompson all having been granted testimonials. Four matches for their benefit were
played at Huish in May against full-strength Football League opposition, against Fulham,
Wolverhampton Wanderers, Ipswich Town and Hereford United. The aggregate attendance was
19,296 and each player received £1,150. The season's average league attendance was
3,186, the top 'gate' being 4,640 against Weymouth.
Alan Herrity (523 appearances),
Chris Weller (218 appearances and 102 goals), Dave Spencer and John Piekalnietis were released.
Terry Cotton, who had been converted from leading goalscorer to centre-half in the autumn, had a
tremendous season and was voted 'Player of the Year'.
Season 1972-73 : Southern League Table