The season opened with a great deal of optimism, Manager Ron Saunders had fired up public
interest and his four new signings - Ken Jones, Chris Weller, Kenny Thompson and Trevor Allen -
were in the line
up for the opening game of the season (2-2) at home to Chelmsford City.
By the end of September, Yeovil were second behind Barnet and had suffered only one defeat,
2-1 at Hereford. The home average 'gate' was 3,050 and membership of the Supporters Club had
risen to over the 1,500 mark.
Off the field in September, at the A.G.M., former chairman Stanley Pinder was voted off the
Board. Norman Burfield, later to become Chairman and President, topped the poll with 1,067 votes.
After beating Welton Rovers home 2-0 in the F.A. Cup, Yeovil lost in the First Round Proper
3-1 at home to Margate before a crowd of 6,322. By December, Yeovil had slumped to a mid-table
position in the League.
The New Year saw a slight improvement in Yeovil's League position and Cliff Myers was
signed from Brentford for £666.66 his accrued share of benefit. This was the first
transfer fee paid by Yeovil for many many years. On 10th February, Yeovil suffered a humiliating
8-2 defeat at Cheltenham. Shortly after Trevor Allen left the club in a straight swap for
Ray Elliott from Poole Town, Elliott being Ron Saunders thirteenth signing.
Clive Burfield was sent off on 3rd February for striking striker Tom Barnett of Romford;
he received a 14-day suspension. On 22nd February, Ernie Wilkinson a 21-year-old defender,
was signed 'on loan' from Exeter City. However, 18 hours later, they re-called him and he
became Yeovil's shortest ever signing!
By the end of the season 'gates' had fallen to the 1,600 mark and Yeovil finished in
12th position with 44 points. Chelmsford City winning the League with 57 points. The Club's
only success during the season was to win the Floodlight League. After beating Poole Town,
Worcester City and Tonbridge, Yeovil lost 1-0 at Ramsgate in the Semi-final of the Southern
League Cup. They also reached the final of the Somerset Professional Cup only to lose 4-0 on
aggregate to Bath City.
The Reserves had a disastrous season, finishing bottom with only 20 points from 40 games.
The newly-formed Youth team, however, had a much better time, finishing second in the Yeovil
Youth League. On 23rd December, 1967 they set a goal scoring record for the club, when they
beat Pen Mill Methodists 31-0, Dave Barren scored 13!
On 19th March, 1968, tragedy struck the club when promising Reserve team goalkeeper,
Bob Veal was killed in a road accident on his way home from training. On a much happier note,
Len Harris made his 500th appearance for the club on 11th May against Guildford City. To mark
the occasion he scored his first goal of the season after just 15 minutes.
Late in the season, George Muir and Alan Herrity had Testimonial games against Aston Villa
and Torquay United. Also in May the club turned down an offer from Plymouth Argyle for Paul Smith;
their offer was a fee of £500 if he was retained after a 3 month trial.
The club lost £3,012 on the season, net proceeds from the Lottery being £8,581;
the wage bill was £19,253.
Chris Weller was leading goalscorer with 16, followed by Taylor 13, and Allen 12. Read,
Vowles, Bone, Knapman and White were released at the end of the season.
Link: 1967-68 First Team Fixtures And Results.
Link: 1967-68 First Team Scorers.
Season 1967-68 : Southern League Table