The season saw many comings and goings on the player front. Curtis Warmington, who signed
only 24 hours before Gerry Gow's departure played only four games. Don Gillies and Phil James
also departed at this time. New Manager Brian Hall soon brought in the back bone of his
Wealdstone team and within days Gary
Donnellan, Steve Putter, Andy Wallace and by the end of the season they were joined by
Micky Tanner and Dutch Holland. At the end of the season Tom Ritchie hung up his boots.
Also during the season long time serving Doug Hunt retired from the back room staff.
Don Gillies - on his way out of the club upon the arrival of Brian Hall.
Photo © 2003 Tim Lancaster
During the season Yeovil Played: 62; Won 43; Drawn 9; Lost 10; Goals For 122; Goals Against 60.
First Team Appearances (maximum 62, substitutes in brackets): 61 Dave Walter,
59 Phil Ferns, 52 Gerry Pearson (1), 51 Tom Ritchie (1), 43 Alan Pardew (1),
39 Paul Randall, 37 Ricky Chandler (4), 36 Carl Zachhau (12),
35 John McGinlay (9), 33 Neil Coates (1), 32 Dave Linney (1), 31 Paul Thorpe (8),
30 Phil James (8), 28 Don Gillies, 24 Tony Ricketts (1), 13 Gary Donnellan (1),
12 Steve Rutter, 11 Andy Wallace, 9 Paul Miller, 7 Micky Tanner, 6 Andy Stone (5), and
Dutch Holland (1), 4 Paul Muir, Dave Spencer (1) and Curtis Warmington (1),
3 Harry Sayers (1), 2 Gerry Gow, Richie Horton, Tony Pounder (2) and Gary Kember,
1 Brendon Andrews, David Chalmers, Tony Chutter and Phil Shrimpton(l).
First Team Goalscorers: 19 Paul Randall, 18 Carl Zachhau, 11 John McGinlay,
10 Alan Pardew, 9. Phil James, 8 Phil Ferns and Paul Miller, 7 Gerry Pearson and Micky Tanner,
4 Andy Wallace, 3 Gary Donnellan, Neil Coates, Own Goals, 2 Tony Ricketts, Paul Thorpe,
Steve Rutter and Harry Sayers, 1 Dave Spencer, Dave Linney, Tony Pounder and Phil Shrimpton.
League Attendances: Total home attendance - 39,726 (average 1,891 per game).
Total Away attendance - 11,712 (average 558 per game).
Highest home attendance - 3,169 v Wycombe Wanderers.
Lowest home attendance - 1,391 v Worthing.
Highest away attendance - 2,473 v Wycombe Wanderers.
Lowest away attendance - 163 v Hayes.
For the third successive season Yeovil were the best supported semi-professional
club in the country. Top three average attendances: Yeovil 1,891, Barnet 1,802,
Off the field, negotiations were still going ahead regarding the proposed move from Huish.
Ten days before Christmas 1986 the club were informed by its advisors, Collier and Madge, that
the offer of £2.4m now on the table was about as much as they could hope to receive.
It was revealed that the new proposed site for the club was 20.75 acres of Freehold land at
Houndstone Camp with a further 4.2 acres being made available on a 999 year lease.
The directors agreed in principle to the deal and Tesco were now insisting that contracts
should be exchanged by the end of March 1987 with the building contractors having vacant
possession by July 1988. Further discussions were taking place with the South Somerset District
Council regarding developing the new site for recreational use and they set aside money to
purchase the land. It now looked as if 1987-88, the following season, would be the last at
Huish but unbeknown to anyone, problems lay ahead.