We're sorry to learn of the death of former Yeovil Town full-back Dave Topping, who was a mainstay of the club's first team during the 1950s. Dave passed away this week aged 87 years old, having lived in Seaton Road in Yeovil. Born on March 9th 1926 in Shotts in North Lanarkshire, Scotland, he initially started his career playing for Clyde, before moving down to the South West to play for Torquay United. There he made 151 appearances, scoring three times for the Gulls between 1948 and 1952.
Dave signed for the Glovers at the start of the 1953-54 season, shortly after the arrival of Ike Clarke as manager, and yet was still turning out in a Glovers shirt in the 1966-67 season at the age of 40 years old! He made 245 appearances for the first team, scoring 5 goals, mainly under Clarke's management, but stayed on at the club even after he began to drop down the pecking order under subsequent management.
His final first team action came during the 1960-61 season, but continued to stay on the clubs books, clocking up over 100 appearances for the Reserve Team, before finally hanging up his boots around 1967. Having married his wife Barbara midway through his first team career, he continued to live in the area throughout his life.
Unusually, Dave was given two testimonial matches by the club. The first was a match against Bournemouth during 1958-59 that was abandoned eight minutes before the end due to fog. He then got a second one during 1963-64 when a Derby County side came down to Huish to benefit himself along with Dave Jones, Roy Lambden and Len Harris.
His funeral will take place at Yeovil Crematorium on Thursday 30th May 2013, at 10.30a.m. Our deepest condolences to the friends and family who knew him during his lengthy time at Huish and within the town.
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