Yeovil Town F.C. 1988-89 First Team Squad
Back row (L-R): Paul Hillard (Asst. Manager), Paul Rodgers (Coach), Bob Iles, Len Bond,
Steve Ritchie (Res. Team Manager), Peter Standiey (Physio).
Centre Row: Steve Tapley, Jimmy Quinn, Paul Thorpe, Andy Wallace, Tony Ricketts, Paul Randall,
Front Row: Mike Doherty, Dave Linney, Garry Donnellan, Brian Hall (Manager), Tiv Lowe, Gerry Pearson,
Even before the football season 1988/89 had got underway, Yeovil supporters were treated to
a feast of football, teams to visit Huish for the pre-season matches being Arsenal
(Alan Skirton's Testimonial game), Queens Park Rangers, Bristol Rovers and Exeter City.
During the summer Len Bond had joined the club from Exeter City and Tiv Lowe from Saltash United.
A big blow though was that Phil Ferms had broken his leg in two places at Farnborough and did not
appear again until the last game of the season when he came on as a substitute.
Tony Ricketts lifts the Vauxhall-Opel Charity Shield after the Glovers defeated Bromley.
Photo © 2003 Tim Lancaster
Also in the summer the club announced plans on a new Lottery competition with a £3,000
first prize for a 50p stake, this replaced the £1,000 for a 25p ticket. No news was
forthcoming from the Public Enquiry and new estimates showed the proposed new development at
Houndstone had risen to £3.5m with a further £300,000 for Architects fees.
The first game back in the top flight of Semi Professional football for the three years
was against Wycombe Wanderers, where a crowd of 3,106 watched a 1-1 draw. Shortly after Yeovil
won the Vauxhall-Opel Charity Shield 4-0 against Bromley, Mick Doherty scoring a hat-trick.
Wayne Noble moved on to Gloucester City for £500 and the Club made an enquiry about
unsettled Steve Claridge of Weymouth but did not pursue the matter. Dave Linney moved to
Basingstoke in September and ex-Bristol Rovers star Archie Stephens arrived for a short spell.
October opened in sensational fashion with a Club Call Cup match against relegated
Newport County. With just 17 minutes to go Yeovil were cruising 3-0 but finally lost 4-5
after extra time. During the game, referee Bunce, sent off five and booked six others!
A string of good results sent
Yeovil up the table and the club took out an insurance policy where they would receive
£100,000 if they won the League, the premium being £2,500.