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Wartime
20th January 1945, South-West Command Challenge Cup Final played at Huish - CLICK TO ENLARGE

When the Second World War broke out the normal Leagues were suspended, and Yeovil & Petters United's last pre-War game was thus a 1-0 victory away to Tunbridge Wells in the Southern League on September 2nd. The Reserves also played their last match in the Western League on September 2nd, a 7-3 victory at home to Wells City.

A Southern League Western Section, including Yeovil, was set up in November, and fourteen games played through until April 1940. Thereafter Huish was used for friendlies, exhibition matches, Service matches, and also non-football games throughout the War, a few involving teams carrying the Yeovil name. The example top left is a four page programme for the Final of the South-West Command Challenge Cup, played at Huish on 20th January 1945 between Somerset County and Bournemouth Wing.

In August 1944 a Football Development Committee was set up to raise funds to relaunch the club when the War concluded. In the first game recorded on August 7th the home side was named as Yeovil Town FC, an Army XI the opponents. A crowd of around 500 turned up. The Petters part of the pre-War club may have felt a bit excluded as subsequent games were played under the banner of a Yeovil Combined XI. An informal Works and Services League was then established by the local Football Association, all matches being played at Huish. Crowds of up to 2,000 are mentioned. With paper rationing strictly in force how many of these fixtures boasted programmes is not known. The single folded sheet programme (not in my collection unfortunately) bottom right is for a match played on February 24th 1945. The programme specifies the match is "in aid of post-war football funds". The opponents are given as RNTD (Royal Navy Training Depot?). The result was a 2-2 draw. The teams are shown with their pre-War affiliations. The Combined XI players are mostly listed under "Yeovil Combined", "Yeovil & Petters United" or "Somerset County".

Yeovil Combined X1 wartime fund raising match - ENLARGEMENT NOT AVAILABLE

YEOVIL COMBINED XI : Harris (Yeovil Combined), Taylor (Yeovil Combined), Kingdon (Aston Villa), Heward (Newcastle United), Wyatt (Yeovil & Petters United), Edwards (Royal Navy), A.Nother, Laing (Liverpool), Bridge (Yeovil Combined), Middleditch (Yeovil & Petters United), Andrews (Somerset County).
R.N.T.D. : Carpenter, Corbett (Manchester City), Rich (Stockport County), Crossley (Manchester City), Hellier (Torquay United), Ryan (Swindon Town), Deacon (Devon County), Walker (Exeter City), McNeil (Plymouth Argyle), Mitcheson (Ipswich Town), Vincent (Tiverton Town).

The first club AGM since 1939 was called for 19th June 1945. H.A. 'Bert' Smith was re-elected as chairman. The meeting was informed that the club was applying to join the Football League, Division Three South, with a Reserve side to play in the Southern League. That the club's exemption until the First Round Proper of the F.A. Cup, earned though its exploits of taking Sheffield Wednesday to a Third Round replay in the 1938-39 competition, would be carried forward to the new season. And that there was 1,400 in the kitty raised through the wartime matches. A further meeting decided to change the club's name from Yeovil & Petters United to Yeovil United F.C. In the succeeding weeks Bill Kingdon, pre-War manager from 1938, was brought in on a part-time basis, and Stan Abbott came back as trainer. However at the end of July the Football League announced it was accepting no new applications, and so the club restarted its post-War football in the Southern and Western Leagues.

Season 1945-46
1945-46 Barry Town, Southern League - ENLARGEMENT NOT AVAILABLE 1945-46 Bath City, Southern League Cup, which was played on a league basis - CLICK TO ENLARGE

The Southern League that Yeovil entered in 1945 was a very truncated version of eleven teams. Playing staffs were in chaos as the de-mob of millions of men continued piecemeal. Fuel was strictly rationed. Many pre-War clubs simply couldn't get themselves up and running again in time. The league kicking off on August 25th had two Football League clubs' Reserves, Cardiff City and Swindon Town (both sets of Reserves had played intermittently in the Southern League pre-War), and eight Non-league outfits who had begun the aborted 1939-40 season in the Southern League - Barry Town, Bath City, Chelmsford City, Cheltenham Town, Colchester United, Hereford United, Worcester City and Yeovil & Petters United. The final team was Bedford Town, which had been in the United Counties League before the War.

The plan to change Yeovil's name had to be put on hold, as it was realised that the F.A. granted exemption to the First Round of the Cup was specifically in the name of 'Yeovil & Petters United'. It was agreed the change should therefore be delayed until whenever the club was knocked out of the competition. As it happened this was on November 24th, when the team exited to Bristol City after a two-legged tie. On December 13th 1945 a Shareholders EGM was called, and formally re-adopted the name Yeovil Town F.C., last used in 1914. However, as can be seen in the examples shown, whilst two slightly different fixed front pages were used for the programme cover during the season the only thing changed was one of the adverts. So the entire campaign was spent with the programme continuing to bill the team under the former title.

Sides were rarely the same two games running for any clubs, with ex-servicemen coming and going for odd games as they moved through the demobilisation procedures, and there was something of a random nature to results. For instance Yeovil's first two games of the campaign saw a 3-0 defeat at home to Swindon followed a week later by a 7-1 win at their place. In a Yeovil Reserve fixture in September a 17-1 loss was achieved, as Trowbridge Town were fielding a number of Football League stars who happened to be residing in military camp in the area at that time. Yeovil of course was not always so disadvantaged by this aspect, as Houndstone regularly supplied Football League standard players for matches before they returned to their homes. George Dewis of Leicester City, George Milburn and Ken Gadsby of Leeds United, Arthur Glover of Barnsley, and Langley of Wolves all turned out for Yeovil at various times, along with others who played under aliases. But by far the most important recruit was one Captain A.W. Stock, appointed towards the end of the season to the post of club Manager-Secretary from a list of sixty applicants, after Bill Kingdon announced his intention to retire to run a pub in Weymouth.

1945-46 Bath City, Southern League Cup, back of programme - CLICK TO ENLARGE

Because of the limited number of clubs in the league a Southern League Cup was set up, to be run on a mini-league basis to provide more matches. Yeovil found themselves in the Western Section along with Barry Town, Bath City, Cardiff City Reserves, Hereford United, and Worcester City. The fixtures were completed in this competition, Yeovil Town coming second by a point to Worcester. However in the Southern League itself only six of the eleven clubs managed to play all their games. The programme shown is a Southern League Cup fixture v Bath City, played on Saturday March 2nd 1946. Yeovil Town won 6-3, with four of the goals from George Dewis.


The programmes were only four pages, with a static front, no issue number, and priced at 2d. Printing was in black ink on poor quality cream paper. The page size was set at 5" x 8", and would remain so until 1951-52. The only content was a very short editorial, in the case of the prgramme to the left a half page width of eight lines, the League Cup and Southern League tables, and the team line-ups. One interesting snippet that tells of the struggle clubs were having just after the War is on the back of the programme where supporters are asked to continue contributing to the "Penny-on-the-Ball" Fund, but warning no balls would be awarded as prizes as they were so difficult to obtain.


The limited number of matches played meant income streams were low, and the club recorded a 1,200 loss. Fortunately the funds raised in wartime by the Football Development Committee now proved their worth as a cheque for 1,028 covered most of the losses ahead of the next season.

Season 1946-47
1946-47 Gillingham, Southern League, centre page team line up of the abandoned tie - CLICK TO ENLARGE 1946-47 Gillingham, Southern League, second attempt at the match abandoned in February - CLICK TO ENLARGE

The programme of 1946-47 at last recognised the club's name change, with 'Yeovil Town Football Club' across the masthead. Printed in black ink on a cream non-gloss paper by the Western Gazette Co. Ltd., it was double the size of the previous season at eight pages. However of those eight pages a meagre one and three-eighths comprised content, the rest being advertisements. The front cover was static throughout the season. An issue number was introduced. This along with the date and a short uncredited 'Editorial' appear on page three. The centre team spread is shown top left (No.22). This match versus Gillingham was abandoned at half-time with the score 1-1. The programme cover top right is from the second attempt at this fixture on Saturday 19th of April (No.28), with Yeovil then top of the table. The home side was victorious 4-1. Half of page seven contained First Team and Reserve team scorer statistics, and there was a small eighth of a page Western League table insert on the back. The price was still 2d.

The programme issue numbers don't work, even if one presumed that all Southern and Western League matches, plus the F.A. Cup Dartmouth United (No.14 bottom left) and Peterborough United ties, merited a publication, but that friendlies and the Somerset Professional Cup did not. And there is a known programme for a friendly against Charlton Athletic Reserves, No.20 on January 4th. The numbering from examples early in the season also suggests that one pre-season game, for which the records appear to have been lost, merited a programme, as programmes No. 4 (the first Western League game of the season v Bristol Rovers Reserves) and No.6 (a Southern League game v Millwall Reserves) should be numbers 3 and 5 respectively if the first issue had been for the opening competitive game of the campaign. The question of which matches had programmes and which did not is therefore uncertain.

The Southern League was up to seventeen clubs. Cardiff City's and Swindon Town's Reserves had gone, but Exeter City's and Millwall's Reserves replaced them. The remaining nine teams from 1945-46 were still present, and had been joined by Dartford, Gillingham, Gloucester City, Gravesend & Northfleet, Guildford City and Merthyr Tydfil.

1946-47 Dartmouth United, a 10-2 home victory in the F.A. Cup Fourth Qualifying Round - CLICK TO ENLARGE 1946-47 Worcester City, Southern League Cup Semi-Final - CLICK TO ENLARGE Once again, with less than the full complement in the league, the Southern League Cup was played as a mini-league tournament. Yeovil were in Group One with Barry Town, Bath City, Exeter City Reserves and Merthyr Tydfil. None of the teams completed all their fixtures, with Merthyr only managing two out of the eight, but the leading club in each Group went forward to the semi-final stage, in Yeovil's case the last home game of the season against Worcester City on May 17th, which was won 2-0 (bottom right). The back shows Yeovil second in the table at the time, with a game in hand, and hopes were high of the Championship. However one point out of four from the final two fixtures on the road saw it slip away.

Despite playing on until as late as May 31st the club could not fit in the League Cup Final, which was held over to the following season, and did not finish its Western League programme either. In fact only nine Southern League clubs, including Yeovil, completed their league fixture lists. One of the worst winters in memory, continuing fuel shortages, and a ban on any midweek football, all contributed to an inconclusive end to the season. Stock's side was a safe fourth place in the table when everyone gave up. A profit of over 2,500 was announced at the AGM, though the Supporters' Club was quick to point out that this was because their fund raising efforts were now getting in to full swing, and that the average gates of 3,370 would not maintain the club without them. Membership was over 2,000, and 47,000 programmes had been sold.

Off the pitch continuing frustration with the Football League closed shop saw Yeovil Town become a founder member of the National Association of Non-league Football Clubs, with the aim of campaigning and lobbying for a restructuring to make Division Three national, with a North / South Division Four below that. The only response was for the Football League to snub the twenty-seven applicants in 1947 by not even putting the supposed electoral process to a vote. Halifax Town, Mansfield Town, Norwich City and Southport retained their status by default.

Season 1947-48
1947-48 Lovell's Athletic, Southern League - CLICK TO ENLARGE 1947-48 Street, Somerset Professional Cup Final, played at the neutral venue of Ilminster - CLICK TO ENLARGE

The new season kicked off with the delayed Southern League Cup Final, over two legs versus Gillingham. Unfortunately the 4-1 loss at Priestfield proved decisive, and Yeovil's 1-0 victory in the second leg at Huish (programme printed in the previous season's format) availed them nothing. It was then straight into the new League Cup competition, again played as a group format. Group One was Bath City, Exeter City Reserves, Lovell's Athletic, Torquay United Reserves and Yeovil Town.

The Southern League had increased by one club, to eighteen. Millwall Reserves had resigned, with Torquay United Reserves replacing them, and Lovell's Athletic, the works team of G.F.Lovell & Company, a confectionary factory in Newport, also joined the league. The first programme chosen (top left) is No.7 from the league fixture against the Toffeemen, played on October 11th. The programme remained eight pages for 2d. Green ink had arrived, and there was some increase in content, up to two and a half pages. There were still no details of fixtures and results however, and advertising dominated. Both front and back covers were now static, with the Reserves table having disappeared from the back.

In the F.A. Cup the club suffered one of its great shocks, going out in the Fourth Qualifying Round 2-1 at Street, a Western League side. Stock was so furious with the performance he refused to let the team shower and stuck them straight on the coach back to Yeovil. In a period when Town's finances were usually seen as very much relying on a lucrative cup tie or two early exits from the F.A. Cup generally provoked ructions over money, leaving aside the aggravation stimulated by dented pride. At season's end a loss of 1,600 would be declared.

1947-48 Merthyr Tydfil, first leg of Southern League Cup Semi-Final - CLICK TO ENLARGE In other competitions Yeovil won the Somerset Professional Cup. The programme top right, produced by Ilminster Town AFC for the Final which was held on their ground, records Yeovil's first actual silverware post-War............or rather it would have done if there had been a trophy, but the Somerset F.A. had not gotten around to commissioning one. As is recorded in issue No. 16, the programme for a Southern League game versus Merthyr Tydfil on February 14th, Yeovil Town had formally objected to the choice of venue. Opponents Street agreed, much preferring a share of the potentially big pay day at Huish; but the Somerset F.A. ignored the wishes of both clubs. A 5-3 victory was some limited revenge for the F.A. Cup humiliation earlier in the season. Ken Sibley was made captain for the day in honour of him playing in his home town.

In the Southern League Cup the Glovers topped their group by a mile, partly because of an excellent 6-1-1 record, and partly because only one other team in Group One completed their fixtures. So Yeovil went forward to the Semi-Final stage where they met Merthyr Tydfil. The issue bottom left is from the first leg, and the last game of the season at Huish, on April 26th. The tie ended 0-0, but unfortunately four days later the second leg was lost 4-2 and it was the Welsh side that went on to the Final. Merthyr were also to win their first of four Southern League Championships in five years. Yeovil Town were eighth.

A paragraph worth noting in The Manager's Notes shown from this programme is the plea for supporters to donate clothing coupons. Stock reported that the allocation via the F.A. would be inadequate to kit out the team for the following season. All clothing was still rationed.

This might have been the least of his worries, but despite what in truth were two seasons under his leadership of some progress but little glory it was in fact the board that faced the wrath of supporters rather than the manager. A petition was presented by the Supporters' Club to the directors demanding a clear strategy for the club be forthcoming. In this rather unpromising environment Yeovil Town F.C. prepared for 1948-49.

Season 1948-49
1948-49 Chippenham, Western League - CLICK TO ENLARGE

The season that made Yeovil Town a household name.

Some fresh faces had joined the Glovers over the summer. Jack Hargreaves, Eric Byrant, Les Blizzard, Bobby Hamilton and Ray Wright all had Football League experience. The new team took a while to gell and the league campaign wasn't exactly on fire. But it wasn't a season anyone remembers for the league, in which Yeovil would eventually finish eighth. It was cup football that defined this season, and defined how Yeovil Town would be viewed by the vast majority of people outside its own fanbase for the next fifty-five years, until the long overdue arrival of League football started a fresh chapter.

The programme remained the same from the previous season. In fact on the front cover even the advertisers were the same, the only alteration being slight changes in the wording. The example top left is No. 3 of the season, a Western League game versus Chippenham. The Reserves' Western League matches received full programmes, and the status of the competition was much higher than it became in later years. The Manager's Notes tell us that Chippenham had gone professional over the summer. There was also an update on Ken Sibley, a particularly popular Yeovil half-back, who had been hit by a life threatening illness back in February. 50 8s 2d had been raised from the crowd the Saturday before at the opening home game of the First Team against Merthyr Tydfil.

The Southern League was up to its full complement of twenty-two teams for the first time post-War, and as a result the Southern League Cup became a straight knock-out competition. In Round One Yeovil were drawn away to Barry Town. A replay was required after a 2-2 draw and the Glovers went through 2-1, both goals by Eric Bryant. Round Two saw Torquay United Reserves visit Huish, comfortably beaten 3-1. In October there was a trip to Twerton Park for Round Three, Bath City despatched with a single goal.

Matters then switched to the F.A. Cup for a while. In the Fourth Qualifying Round Lovell's Athletic were the opposition. A train was hired and 700 Glovers travelled to Newport. It took an own goal and two by Eric Bryant, the second right at the death, to dispose of the Welsh side 3-2 in normal time. The F.A. Cup QR4 was scheduled two weeks later at that period than it is now, and there was only a fortnight before the First Round Proper. Romford, one of the major amateur sides then, came out of the hat. A crowd of 8,600, including around 1,000 from Romford, saw the Essex outfit demolished 4-0. On to Round Two, and local rivals Weymouth away. Over 3,000 Yeovil fans made the trip to the Rec, and Weymouth's record crowd of 12,512 saw another 4-0 demolition. The only dampener, literally, was a torrential storm that flooded the area and trapped most of the visiting supporters in the seaside town until the following morning. Time well spent rubbing the Terras' noses in it - surely not?

1948-49 Bury, F.A. Cup Round Three - CLICK TO ENLARGE Confidence was sky high, and a Non-league outfit always wants to draw a League club, especially in Round Three, which was four weeks away, when the big boys come in. Yeovil didn't get a First Division side, but they did get home advantage against Bury, top of Division Two at the time. Between the Weymouth and Bury ties the club celebrated a Silver Jubilee with the issue of a handbook (shown in the next section down). Perhaps surprisingly only a standard programme was produced for the Third Round. In his notes for what he always listed as his favourite Yeovil Town game Alec Stock anticipated a record crowd, and fans were queuing to get into Huish four hours before kick-off. 13,500 made it inside officially. The teams are shown on the programme centre spread (right). Yeovil scored early with a Jack Hargreaves glancing header, and though Bury then equalised Ray Wright scored a psychologically crippling second for Yeovil virtually on the stroke of half-time. When Bobby Hamilton put away a third after the break it was all over bar the celebrating. After three Third Round exits to Liverpool, Manchester United and Sheffield Wednesday (after a replay) in the Thirties Yeovil had made it to the Fourth Round. The draw could have been an anti-climax. It wasn't. Sunderland, sixth in Divison One, would have the dubious pleasure of visiting Huish. Sunderland's manager Bill Murray said of the draw : "It could be worse...........but not much".

All seats in the Main Stand at 10/6d and the Enclosure at 7/6d were gone within a few hours of the draw being heard live on the radio on the Monday. When the rest of the tickets for the standing areas went on sale at 2/- there was chaos as workers coming from their factory shifts were faced with massive queues that had already been there for hours. Eventually the police had to be called in to restore some sort of order. The official number of tickets sold was 17,123. For those old enough to remember Huish the mind boggles at how that number squeezed in. However there were almost certainly more than that. On the day of the match thousands of the ticketless were also outside the ground, and numbers of them certainly managed to get in by one means or another. The unofficial reckoning is that somewhere between 18,000 and 19,000 were at the game. Yeovil won 2-1 in extra time, replays having been dropped in the F.A. Cup that season because of a fuel shortage. And the programme? No special issue at all. The standard eight pages at 2d. If one (shown below left) comes up for auction it will cost you just a little bit more than that today. The Manager's Notes were actually briefer than usual. Perhaps he'd been a bit busy on other matters. One would assume that on the day very few took much notice of the small announcement on page 3 that Yeovil had drawn Hereford United away in the Semi-Final of the Southern League Cup.

1948-49 Sunderland, F.A. Cup Round Four - CLICK TO ENLARGE So Yeovil went in to the Fifth Round, and it was to be Manchester United, fourth in the Division One table. The match was at Maine Road as Old Trafford had still not had its wartime damage from bombing repaired. The team travelled up on February 11th and were eulogized wherever they went. 6,000 fans from the West Country also made the journey, and a crowd of 55-60,000 was expected. On the day 81,565 were in the ground, with thousands more locked out. As a game the match was very one sided, with the Cup-holders United cruising to a 8-0 victory. But that's not what the run was about; Yeovil Town were never going to win the F.A. Cup. What it did produce was one of the great Cup stories, one still talked about to this day. In the short term it also made the club very well off, with over 6,000 made from the competition in shares of gate receipts alone, at a time when the team wage bill was under 100 a week. At season's end the club had been able to make various ground improvements to Huish and could still declare a 3,000 profit.

The club now faced a huge backlog of fixtures, and had slipped to fifth from bottom of the table. League club Gateshead came in with an offer for Alec Stock's services as manager, but he turned them down. Perhaps surprisingly there was no cup hangover amongst the team and the record in the twenty-six competitive matches played after Manchester United was an impressive: won 16, drew 7, lost 3. One of those losses was to Bath City in the Somerset Professional Cup Final.

1948-49 Colchester United, Southern League Cup Final - CLICK TO ENLARGE In March the Southern League Cup resumed, and the potentially tricky tie at Edgar Street was won 2-1, with both Yeovil's goals coming from Alec Stock. The Final (No.34, Monday 2nd May 1949, programme notes right) unusually was a single leg affair, with Yeovil getting the home advantage over Colchester United for reasons that have been lost in the mists of time - might have simply been the toss of a coin? Yeovil won the cup for the first time with a comfortable 3-0 victory in front of 8,200. Colchester gained only what must surely be a unique record in that competition: to have lost two Finals in the space of a fortnight. The 1947-48 Final against Yeovil's Semi-Final conquerors Merthyr Tydfil wasn't played until April 1949.

1948-49 Swindon, last home of the season - CLICK TO ENLARGE The Manager's Notes give details of a post-season tour of the Channel Islands. Such was the fame of the club's F.A. Cup exploits that Yeovil had been invited to play Barcelona. The Spanish club had guaranteed a match fee of 1,000 plus expenses. However the board felt that insurance and compensation to the players employers outside of football for their absence would eat into this too much. Instead they set up a fixture against Swindon Town (programme left) at Huish, with the Supporters' Club putting up a cup, and a trip to play a Jersey Saturday League XI and a Guernsey XI. Hardly Barcelona, Spanish Champions that season, even pre Nou Camp days with a mere 60,000 capacity.

The last home programme of the season, No.36, for that game against Swindon Town contains a bit of a sour note. The intention was that 50% of the gate receipts would go to Ken Sibley, who sadly it was clear was not going to recover sufficiently to maintain his football career, and 50% to the Ground Development Fund. However the Wiltshire F.A. refused to sanction the participation of Swindon if any of the money went to Yeovil Town the club, so the second 50% instead went to the Somerset F.A. to donate to charities of their choice.

One group that did not appear impressed by Yeovil Town's exploits was the Football League chairmen. The club managed to attract two votes for its election bid. Still, it was an improvement on the none of the previous season. At least Weymouth would be back to renew First Team league rivalry, returning to the Southern League after a 21 year absence.

Away Programmes and other items
1946-47, Chelmsford City, Southern League - CLICK TO ENLARGE 1948-49, Manchester United, F.A.Cup, Round 5 - CLICK TO ENLARGE To provide a comparison each decade on Yeovil will end with a few examples of the programmes of other clubs from away matches. There is no particular rationale to those chosen, other than they are issues the author happens to like, finds interesting, or, as with the Manchester United examples here, commemorate significant matches in the history of Yeovil Town. On occasion this section will also be used to diplay items other than programmes produced by the club.

The programme top left is an ordinary Southern League issue from 1946 produced by Chelmsford City. A four page folded single sheet was probably the most common issue at the time, and many clubs continued with that format long after Yeovil had expanded to a full 'booklet' programme. Sketches of grounds - usually fairly vague representations of the actual stadia - were popular cover illustrations. Page size was 5" x 8" and the price 2d.

Top right and middle left are two issues for the Glovers only appearance to date in the Fifth Round Proper of the F.A. Cup. The official programme (No.16) has a cover style Manchester United used for a number of years. The size also remained constant at 6" x 9". The programme contains photographs, almost unheard of in Non-league issues at that time, including an action shot from the Fourth Round versus Bradford Park Avenue on the front, where there was also limited colour. The inside however was resolutely black and white. Priced at 3d, there were twelve pages. There was far more content than in Yeovil programmes to that point; in fact the advertising was fairly sparse at three and half pages in total. Needless to say one aspect of the programme has always been familiar in football - the hugely patronising attitude taken towards Non-league "minnows" by the bigger fish. A page long article by Alf Clarke of the Manchester Evening Chronicle is a tour de force of the genre.

1948-49, Manchester United, F.A.Cup, pirate issue - CLICK TO ENLARGE 1948-49, Dartford, Southern League - CLICK TO ENLARGE The second is in some ways even more interesting as far as Yeovil Town is concerned, as although there may be other pirates relating to Yeovil games it is not that likely, given they usually only appeared at major matches. Only four pages, and twice the price of the official programme at 6d, it is by M.Walker and measures 6" x 10". Pirate productions were common right through to the Sixties. Many big cup ties and even important league games generated pirates. These were not usually one off back street efforts, but produced by outfits who regularly covered many different games in a season. The portrait of Alec Stock on the front is complemented by one of Eric Bryant on the back. Inside there are photographs of John Carey (captioned as "Jack" for some reason, rather than the "Johnny" he was always known by) leading the United team out at an unspecified match, and a portrait shot of Stan Pearson. The team line-ups are shown, along with some cup tie dates. There is a lengthy disclaimer, designed to try and deflect copyright sanctions presumably, that doesn't look worth the paper it's written on.

To the right is the team page from a single sheet folded into six pages (5" x 6") that was the Dartford issue. There is no price recorded on the programme. It was Yeovil's second match after the cup run ended, played on February 26th, and is of note because it has been signed by the whole team on that day. Ten are those who played against Sunderland, the exception being Jack Roy, who had replaced the injured Jack Hargreaves in the games since then. Hargreaves had pulled a leg muscle after ten minutes against Sunderland. Long before substitutes were allowed it meant that not only had the Glovers beaten the Division One club, but done so playing with a passenger for 110 minutes.

1948, Silver Jubilee Handbook - CLICK TO ENLARGE



The last item (bottom right) is the club's Silver Jubilee Handbook. This is the standard version. There was also a special limited green hardback edition embossed in gold. The jubilee in question was the formation of Yeovil Football and Athletic Club. In truth this was an adminstrative and financial change of little direct interest to football fans, roughly contemporary with but not identical in date to Yeovil & Petters United (the playing arm) going professional and joining the Southern League (both 1922). These two moves were of far more import to the average supporter, but it was the formation of a Limited Company on May 3rd 1923 that the Supporters' Club who produced the handbook, priced 1/-, chose to celebrate.

The handbook has 68 pages printed on a semi-gloss paper, plus covers of thin card. By one of those quirks of fate, especially given so much space is given over to Yeovil's F.A. Cup pedigree, it was printed and published after The Glovers Second Round victory over Weymouth had been achieved, but before the outcome of the Third Round was known. So the latter part of what would be the team's greatest F.A.Cup run is not covered. Although 29 pages are taken up with adverts the remainder is packed with fascinating and detailed articles and features on the club over the previous twenty-five years.



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