The 1926/27 season was yet another disappointing one, Yeovil slumping to twelfth in the
Western Section of the Southern League, which was won by Torquay United.
In the F.A. Cup it was back to the Preliminary Round again.
Preliminary Round - Yeovil 10 Street 1,
1st Round Qual. - Yeovil 3 Bristol St George 0,
2nd Qual. - Yeovil 5 St Weymouth Austell 0,
3rd Qual. - Yeovil 3 Barry 1,
4th Qual. - Weymouth 4 Yeovil 1.
For the first match at Weymouth, The Great Western Railway Company ran an excursion with
600 fans paying 2/6d. each. The game, however, was called off only minutes before half-time
as the ground was waterlogged.
The 18th September, 1926, saw Johnny Hayward score his 500th goal for the club, a feat no other
player is ever likely to achieve. On a more serious note, the programme of 27th November
reported: "for the benefit of those readers who are not already aware of the fact, W. H. Poole
has been given notice to terminate his engagement with the Club. We regret the necessity of
this step, but when a man is not amenable to discipline it is to the interest of the Club (no
matter how good a player he may be) that they part company and this is the course adopted by
On Boxing Day, Yeovil's number 4, Ernie Hyman, sustained internal injuries and on the
following Friday died in the Yeovil & District Hospital at the age of 22. A fund was set up
which amounted to £80 6s. Od. which was invested in War Stock. During the season, the
Queen Street end terracing was covered for the first time.
At the end of this season, the Club made its first ever application to join the Third Division
of the Football league. A report at the time states: "A big effort is to be made to gain
admission to the English League (Div.III). The meeting at the Town Hall on Tuesday,
26th April, 1927 was most successful and the motion that the application be made was carried
with enthusiasm. For the Directors to be able to carry forward the project is entirely due to
the work during the past few weeks of the Shareholders' Committee, who have worked untiringly.
The satisfactory report they were able to put forward was most encouraging and with still further
promises of financial support going forward. From information to hand we are able to state that
the Club is hopeful of being successful in their application. Yeovil has for many years been
one of the principal association football districts in the West of England and should this
important step be confirmed and Yeovil & Petters next season figure in English League
football, then this will have mainly been brought about by the work of the Committee of which
Mr. C.E.R. Dye has been such an enthusiastic Chairman and Mr. Stanley Vincent an indefatigable
secretary. Both these gentleman and their fellow workers have spared no effort to bring about
achievement of the object in view and they are to be commended for what they have done."