03/07/2009 : Yeovil Town Blog : The Other Guy - Terry Skiverton In 1999
3 July 2009 : The Other Guy - Terry Skiverton In 1999
Back in the summer of 1999, Yeovil Town's manager Colin Lippiatt brought in four new signings. All four signed within a few days of each other over the weekend of May 8th-10th 1999. Fans were impressed at the quality of players that Big Col had managed to pick up - Adrian Foster, from Rushden and Diamonds, plus Conference promotion winning pair Jason Eaton and David Norton. And there was some other guy who we didn't talk about too much because not too many of us had heard of him.

After all, when you have Fozzie as a former West Bromwich Albion player, Norton who had started with Aston Villa, and Eaton who scored the winning goal in the FA Trophy Final, who cares about some unknown player signed from perennial relegation-battlers Welling United. He wasn't going to amount to much.

David Norton - lasted 13 games
David Norton - lasted 13 games.
It didn't quite turn out like that. David Norton was the first to go. Big Col had left the club in late September with the club wanting a full time manager in charge of the team, and Steve Thompson was named as the man to replace Colin. There were rumours that Norton had wanted the job and was a little put out when Thommo got the nod ahead of him, despite Steve already being a coach at the club. Norton had been out injured for most of his time at Huish Park and despite him being a non-contract player, the club had paid for two operations and kept him on the payroll. They were therefore a little put out when Norton jumped ship to Forest Green Rovers immediately after regaining fitness complaining that Thommo had not put him straight back into a side that had won 5 out of 6 games in Norton's absence. After just 13 appearances to his name, the first of the big name signings was gone.

Jason Eaton - FA Trophy Final goalscorer
Jason Eaton - FA Trophy Final goalscorer.
Jason Eaton was next. After 32 appearances and 6 goals, there was a bit of disappointment that a player whose name was permanently prefixed in the press as "FA Trophy Final goalscorer" had not delivered more during that time. He was OK as a player, but the majority of the time he was playing second fiddle to Warren Patmore and Adrian Foster. The longer the season went on, the more he tended to disappear down the pecking order. He became a casualty of the club's change into a full-time outfit - leaving for the same reason that had seen him head from Cheltenham to Yeovil, with his job in a leisure centre too good to give up. He headed to Newport County, then later Forest Green Rovers, Merthyr Tydfil, Brislington and Mangotsfield United.

To be fair, Fozzie lasted a little longer, until his ankles began to give out. The bog that was the Huish Park home pitch probably didn't help him in that respect. In his first season he clocked up a fairly respectable 13 goals from 33 appearances, but by the second season all he could manage was two sub appearances. He also headed to Forest Green although in amicable circumstances, and has settled in Somerset since then, turning out for Bath City, Taunton Town, Frome Town, Street and Chard Town.

Finally there was "the other guy". Terence John Skiverton of Mile End, London. Although he was listed as a former Chelsea trainee, non-league football was littered with run-of-the-mill players who had been ditched from academy sides over the years and never amounted to much. Yeovil Town had certainly had their fair share. And he was with Welling United - probably one of the most unfashionable Conference sides available, constantly fighting for 4th from bottom finishes and buried in the South-East London suburbs, close to Charlton Athletic and Millwall, where most Londoners would not give them a second glance, even if once you got there, Park View Road was a friendly place to be. Few of us could remember having seen him play against us or remember what he looked like.

Yet Skivo was still there and beginning to flourish by the time Norton, Eaton and Foster had headed out the door. In fact by the time Fozzie left, he was Club Captain at the age of 24 years, and on his way to lifting a shedload of silverware and becoming one of the most recognisable players our club has ever had - captain for the FA Trophy, Conference and League Two winning sides that have defined our last decade. A total of 382 appearances and 44 goals, putting him in the top 10 appearance-makers in the club's post-war history. Not bad for "the other guy".

Be honest with yourselves here. When those four names were revealed back in May 1999, did anyone foresee him as the most important signing of that summer - or arguably the last decade? No, me neither.


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