Glovers fan Jon Seal has sent us the following
piece which made us smile - and think that maybe old Seth was our
very own Fred Oldgit's dad... Or guru at the very least. Read on and decide for yourself:
I wonder how many of your hitsters remember that famous old character
from the days of football stockings, cotton shirts and old men smoking
pipes and stamping their feet in anger on the floor of the wooden stand at
Huish. Sage Seth could be found at the very top of the stand leaning
against the glass window and staring dreamily out across the pitch. He was
renowned for his pearls of wisdom, which he dispensed to the world in a
thick Somerset accent. Moments of poetic eloquence and philosophical wisdom
had many devotees trudging up the C block steps to sit in the howling wind
and listen to his guidance whilst, almost ignored, the Glovers thumped the
ball up and down the slope to another defeat.
As one of his followers, I collected many of his thoughts and wrote them
in old programmes on the ‘ Up the town, George Brown’ page. For many years
they have been hidden in a cardboard box, visited on winter nights before
away cup ties. Sage Seth made his followers promise never to reveal these
secrets to the world until "the Green and Whites played a bit of decent
football". I have wrestled with my conscience and decided that six wins
out of nine is as decent as it will ever get. It is time for Sage Seth - The
Green and White Guru to share his secrets with the world:
On Poole Town’s first goal, Monday 2nd September 1968:
"That’s it ! They’ll get a hatful now. We might as well all pack up and
On the final whistle against Barnet, Saturday 21st September 1968.
Yeovil had won one nil.
"They was bloody lucky. You see, football it does that. They spend all
their time losing. We go along and it’s a nice social get together. We
drinks our oxo secure in the knowledge that we’ll beaten. We know where we
are and then - they slip in a win, just to confuse us and get us all
jumbled up with a bit of hope. That’s bloody football. That’s bloody Yoval."
( Sage Seth always called Yeovil, Yoval, the Yo bit rhyming with yo-yo
and the val bit pronounced as a very quick diphthong. Not the Ye-o-ville,
which seems common today. )
On Dick Plumb getting into a fight with the Worcester City goalie
(this is an old fashioned word used to describe what is today referred to
variously as ‘the keeper’ or ‘custodian’ or ‘glovesman’ or ‘Waleses,
Waleses number one’).
"When you stop and think about it football seems a funny game, a load of
blokes running round the field and getting all airiated."
More of the thoughts of Sage Seth - the Green and White Guru will be
revealed as the season progresses.
The Sage Seth Archives are here.
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