Jon Seal has been rooting around
his attic and looking in his old programmes again for more words of wit and wisdom
from Sage Seth - the green-and-white guru.... Jon writes:
Many may be surprised at the departure of Dave Webb, some will be worried
at the imminent departure of Belgrave, Skiverton and Crittenden ( donít rule
out Patmore - fits Webbís game perfectly ). How many of us will be musing,
"Just when it was beginning to look good." In moments like this (and there
have been plenty of them ), it is always helpful to reflect on the
green-and-white guruís words :
On the publication of The Elect Yeovil To The Football League Brochure
I was impressed. It was a glossy leaflet with many pages and lots of
pictures. People from the football world as famous as Bertie Mee had written
how suitable they thought Yeovil would be for the league. I stuffed the
booklet in the inside pocket of my parka and proudly proclaimed that we
might be watching the likes of Hartlepool United next season. Seth nearly
choked on his Opal Fruit and burst out laughing.
"Ha ha ha, ha ha ha, ha ha ha. This club in the league ! Never have
any hope that this club will do anything. Itís a joke club, remember that
son. A joke club. Green and white shirts ? It should be green and white hats
with bells on. You could be watching this club for many years - whatever you
do never get your hopes up. Chairmen will come and promise you league
football, managers will come and tell you itís the best little club in the
universe and they love you all to death. But donít believe it. Donít get
hopeful. Remember itís a joke club. Remember our place and youíll be alright,
On Rugbyís third goal in the F.A. Trophy first round Saturday 2nd
December 1972 :
I remarked mournfully that I wished Iíd never come.
"Now thatís a rum thought. Does a tree make a noise if it falls down
in the middle of a forest when thereís not a soul to hear it ?" asked
the green-and-white guru.
"Eh?" I replied.
"Think about it lad ! Are all the actions of the world related ? Is
the future predetermined or is destiny a blank page in an unwritten
I still looked blank.
"Alright, alright," the Sage smiled patiently. "You see you effect
the result of the match. Weíre one nil up, they get a corner, you yell at
their winger as he runs up to boot the ball, it puts him off his stride and
the ball swings away harmlessly into touch. The crap corner is down to you.
"Now imagine a parallel universe. You didnít yell. You didnít put him off,
the corner was perfect, it landed on the head of their ugly no.9 and glanced
into the net. Goal. In this universe your lack of presence at the match
effected the goal. Agreed?"
"How do you not know that every action you take doesnít in some way
effect the game. You breathe, therefore depriving their no.9 of a particle
of oxygen, the reduced energy means that he canít jump that extra hundredth
of an inch to reach the ball. The glancing header that leads to the goal
never happened. Your very presence at the game has effected the result.
Ergo. If you hadnít come, it could have been a different game.
"You see, son, youíre caught up in a web of fate. Your destiny is
irreversibly tied up with the Glovers. Ultimately, all your actions effect
them and all their actions past and present effect your destiny. Butterfly
wings causing tidal waves and all that."
On Yeovil's second goal against Wimbledon, F.A. Trophy 3rd Round
Replay, Wednesday 3rd march 1971:
"Steady on, son. A team is never more dangerous than when they're two
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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