There was a big 'buzz' around the Club following the
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.
Richard Digance became a high profile member of the board in 1991.
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
was followed by Yeovil's first ever win at
3 goals to nil.
rather flattered the home side as Yeovil took another great stride to safety
The two games against
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
for the first time in seven games. In the return match Yeovil
with goals from
Mickey Spencer and
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
he brought in Mark Boulton and Mike McEvoy and sat on the
substitute's bench himself. He saw Yeovil slip to a
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.
was sold to
for a fee of £5,000,
for £5,500 and
And so to the last league game of the season -
away. The result was a very
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:-
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 died unexpectedly in May 1991.
Director John Fleetwood was also there. Before the match he accepted a cheque on behalf of
the club from the sponsored hitch hikers to
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.
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