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SEASON 1989-90 PART TWO
How Huish Park looked on the April 1st Open Day for supporters to view the new site
How Huish Park looked on the April 1st Open Day for supporters to view the new site
Photo © 1990-2003 Tim Lancaster

On Sunday 1st April, over 500 supporters viewed the new stadium at Houndstone. This was a higher attendance than all but two of the games in the Beazer Homes, Vauxhall Opel and Northern Premier Leagues the previous day. It was announced the new stadium would be called 'Huish Park'.

The late Dennis Montague - a former Yeovil Town director - sheds a tear on the final day at Huish
The late Dennis Montague - a former Yeovil Town director - sheds a tear on the final day at Huish.
During the month Yeovil reached the final of the Bob Lord Trophy, the two-legged semi-final against Wycombe Wanderers provided more than its fair share of drama. The first leg played at Yeovil saw the 'Glovers' a goal down with five minutes left to play but a goal apiece from Andy Wallace and Robbie Carroll gave a precious one goal advantage to take to Loakes Park the following week. Just when it looked as if Yeovil had made the final, Wycombe scored twice in the second half to go ahead. Again, an injury time goal, this time stabbed home by Craig Gill, sent the game into extra time. Wycombe scored again but a minute later a tremendous shot from Nicky Dent made the aggregate score 4-4 and Yeovil, on the away goals rule, went into the final.

The penultimate league game at Huish saw Yeovil beat Enfield. Three former Yeovil players returned with Enfield, all three failed to finish the game. Gary Donnellan and Curtis Warmington were substituted and Jimmy Quinn was sent off. The final five minutes saw the game erupt with two more players, Steve Putter and Paul Furlong, being sent off after a midfield punch up. Enfield finished the game with just 8 players due to sendings off and injuries.

The final of the Bob Lord Trophy was against Kidderminster Harriers, the first-leg played at Huish where goals from Andy Wallace, Micky Spencer and Paul Wilson gave Yeovil a very comfortable lead to take to Aggborough for the second leg. In the second half at Kidderminster an astonishing penalty decision caused a few Yeovil hearts to flutter but, with 7 minutes remaining, Peter Conning slotted home to give Yeovil the Trophy for the-first time ever, winning 4-1 on aggregate and so ended a hectic spell of 10 games in 24 days.

Tiv Lowe lifts the Bob Lord Trophy - the final piece of silverware to be won at Huish
Tiv Lowe lifts the Bob Lord Trophy - the final piece of silverware to be won at Huish
Photo © 1990-2003 Tim Lancaster

So the stage was set for the final game of the 1989-90 season and for the last ever game to be played at Huish. The crowd of 4,237 who turned up to witness this historic event were wondering what else could have been in store, had Yeovil not dropped 28 home points during the season. The game was played in blazing heat, Neil Cordice scored the last ever goal at Huish and to Steve Rutter went the honour of being the last ever player to touch the ball on the famous Huish sloping pitch.

Presentations were made, the football hymn, 'Abide With Me', was sung and finally the flags were lowered by John Sercombe, grandson of Yeovil's first secretary and Len Harris who made a record 691 appearances for Yeovil and a bugler played the 'Last Post'. Grown men were seen to shed tears, some could not find it in themselves to go home - even late into the night when it was dark, some were still making their final, final trip around the terraces reliving memories of games played when 'they were there'. The end of an era had arrived.

The flags are set at Huish for the final time
The flags are set at Huish for the final time
Photo © 1990-2003 Tim Lancaster

An aerial shot of the Huish stadium
An aerial shot of the Huish stadium

The bulldozers move in at Huish. Photo (c) Nigel Andrews
The bulldozers move in at Huish
Photo © 1990-2003 Nigel Andrews

Appearances and Goalscorers: Played 55; Won 24; Drawn 14; Lost 17; For 8

First Team Appearances: (Maximum 55, substitutes in brackets). Mark Shail 55; Tiv Lowe, Micky Spencer 52(2), Robbie Carroll 47 (2); Peter Conning 43(6); David Fry 37; Cordice 36 (8); Andy Wallace 35 (1); Derek Dawkins 33(8); Jeff Sherwood 31 (1); Simon Gowans 25 (2); Gary Donnellan 25 (1); Barry Blackman 24 (9); Steve Rutter 20(1); Len Bond 17; Jimmy Quinn 17 (2); Paul Wilson 13 (3); Craig Gill 12(6); Nick Dent 18(8); Gerry Pearson 6(4); Paul Thorpe 6 (1); Richard Thompson 6(4); Phil Ferns 3(2); Peter Copeland 1(1); Craig Rice (1); Martyn Stephens (1).

First Team Goalscorers: 16 Robbie Carroll and Micky Spencer; 14 Andy Wallace; 8 Peter Conning; 6 Nicky Dent; 4 Barry Blackman, Craig Gill and Paul Wilson; 2 Neil Cordice, Gary Donnellan, Tiv Lowe, Mark Shail and o.g.; 1 Simon Gowans, Jimmy Quinn and Jeff Sherwood.

See Also: GMVC League Table; First Team Goals; First Team Appearances; First Team Results; GMVC Top Scorers; GMVC Top Crowds; GMVC Average Crowds.

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