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SEASON 1990-91 PART TWO

Richard Digance became a high profile member of the board in 1991
Richard Digance became a high profile member of the board in 1991.
There was a big 'buzz' around the Club following the 7-2 thrashing of Slough Town on 6th April 1990, Steve Rutter's first match in charge following the sacking of Clive Whitehead. Off the field, two more directors had been appointed, one was local born and bred George Smith who had many dealings with the Club when negotiations were taking place regarding the move to Huish Park. His work on behalf of the local council had been of great help in making the move so successful.

The other new director was the nationally known entertainer, Richard Digance who brought a smile back to the faces of people connected with the Club. He soon contacted his many friends in show business and a series of Cabaret and Sportsman's Nights were set up.

On the field Steve Rutter's 'Green and White Army' was now on the march. A 1-1 away draw at Stafford Rangers was followed by Yeovil's first ever win at Runcorn by 3 goals to nil. A 4-1 scoreline rather flattered the home side as Yeovil took another great stride to safety over Gateshead.

The two games against Macclesfield Town at the end of the month both finished with the same scoreline - 2-1. Away, in midweek, a fine performance did not bring its just desserts when Yeovil lost for the first time in seven games. In the return match Yeovil gained revenge with goals from Mickey Spencer and Peter Conning.

Yeovil were safe, having won six of their last eight games. With this thought in mind, Steve Rutter had the luxury of being able to experiment for the last two games of the season. For the home game against Welling United he brought in Mark Boulton and Mike McEvoy and sat on the substitute's bench himself. He saw Yeovil slip to a 0-1 defeat in a rather uncompromising game, although, during the last pulsating ten minutes, Yeovil could have pulled the game out of the fire. The crowd of 2,687 for this final home league game was the twelfth 2,500 plus attendance of the season pushing the average gate up to 2,640 - Yeovil's highest attendance level for over two decades.

Meanwhile, Nicky Dent was sold to Poole Town for a fee of £5,000, Simon Gowans moved to Bashley for £5,500 and Neil Housley went to Dorchester Town.

And so to the last league game of the season - Kettering Town away. The result was a very creditable 1-1 draw with both goals coming from the penalty spot. In the crowd were George Coggen and Les Haines who had been sponsored for over £500 to hitch hike from Yeovil to Kettering. Also present were three coach loads of Yeovil supporters who gave the team a standing ovation at the end of the match and breathed a sigh of relief that relegation, which looked a certainty only a month before, had been averted.

For the first time in their history Yeovil had four managers in one season, their record was as follows:-

Managers P W D L F A
Brian Hall 11 3 5 3 11 10
Paul Rogers 1 1 0 0 1 0
Clive Whitehead 22 5 4 13 27 39
Steve Rutter 8 4 2 2 19 9

Director John Fleetwood died unexpectedly in May 1991
Director John Fleetwood died unexpectedly in May 1991.
There were just two more matches to play at Huish Park, Gerry Pearson's Testimonial and an Under-17 International. Gerry's Testimonial game took place on May 9th and several ex Yeovil players travelled to play for his team. Present at the game were Guy Whittingham and John McGinlay, although neither were allowed to play by their clubs.

Director John Fleetwood was also there. Before the match he accepted a cheque on behalf of the club from the sponsored hitch hikers to Kettering Town. He then watched the first half on the terraces behind the goal with his great friend, and fellow director, Allan Houghton. John hadn't watched football from the terraces for years. At half time he joined in friendly banter with the other directors who were at the match. After the game he enjoyed himself in the bar meeting former players and, in particular, Phil Ferns with whom John was very friendly. He left, saying 'good night' to everyone in his always pleasant manner. We never saw John again - the following day he died. He was sadly missed by everyone at Yeovil.

The last match in the opening season at Huish Park was another big night in the Club's history. For the first time ever, International football came to Yeovil when, on 22nd May 1991, the England Under-17 team played their counterparts from Wales. There were names in the two teams which meant very little to the 6,153 people who attended the game but now are national and international stars. In the Welsh team was a slim young lad called Ryan Giggs, who is now one of the best players in the world. The England team comprised of such names as Steve Watson, David Unsworth, Chris Bart-Williams and Nicky Barmby who now grace the Premiership stage each week.

The season had started with a bang with the Newcastle United match and ended on an even bigger high. The standard of football played on the night coupled with the electric atmosphere created by the large crowd, made up mainly by children, made it a night to remember but sandwiched between these two games had been months of heartache and anguish.

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

Season 1990-91 : GM Vauxhall Conference Table
Home Away
Team P W D L F A W D L F A Pts GD
1 Barnet 42 13 4 4 50 23 13 5 3 53 29 87 +51
2 Colchester United 42 16 4 1 41 13 9 6 6 27 22 85 +33
3 Altrincham 42 12 6 3 48 22 11 7 3 39 24 82 +41
4 Kettering Town 42 12 6 3 38 19 11 5 5 29 26 82 +22
5 Wycombe Wanderers 42 15 3 3 46 17 6 8 7 29 29 74 +29
6 Telford United 42 11 3 7 30 21 9 4 8 32 31 67 +10
7 Macclesfield Town 42 11 4 6 38 22 6 8 7 25 30 63 +11
8 Runcorn 42 12 4 5 44 29 4 6 11 25 38 58 +2
9 Merthyr Tydfil 42 9 5 7 37 24 7 4 10 25 37 57 +1
10 Barrow 42 10 8 3 34 24 5 4 12 25 41 57 -6
11 Welling United 42 7 10 4 33 27 6 5 10 22 30 54 -2
12 Northwich Victoria 42 8 7 6 33 30 5 6 10 32 45 52 -10
13 Kidderminster Harriers 42 8 5 8 33 50 6 5 10 23 37 52 -31
14 Yeovil Town 42 9 5 7 38 29 4 6 11 20 29 50 0
15 Stafford Rangers 42 7 9 5 30 26 5 5 11 18 25 50 -3
16 Cheltenham Town 42 8 6 7 29 25 4 6 11 25 47 48 -18
17 Gateshead 42 10 3 8 32 38 4 3 14 20 54 48 -40
18 Boston United 42 9 4 8 31 29 3 7 11 15 38 47 -21
19 Slough Town 42 9 4 8 31 29 4 2 15 20 51 45 -29
20 Bath City 42 9 4 8 39 27 1 8 12 16 34 42 -6
21 Sutton United 42 6 6 9 29 33 4 3 14 33 49 39 -20
22 Fisher Athletic 42 3 9 9 22 30 2 6 13 16 49 30 -41

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