The Football League Paper - - CHRIS DUNLAVY -

YEOVIL may have lasted just one sea­son in the Cham­pi­onship. But to have reached game 44 be­fore los­ing their grip is an in­cred­i­ble achieve­ment.

The Glovers have a play­ing budget of barely £2m in a di­vi­sion where plenty of clubs pay that kind of money to a sin­gle player. Up the M3 at QPR, it wouldn’t even make you their high­est earner.

Yet Gary John­son’s men have never been hu­mil­i­ated, never been em­bar­rassed or looked out of their depth.Bar a 5-1 hid­ing at Hud­der­s­field, they have given ev­ery op­po­nent a se­ri­ous run for their money.

More im­por­tantly, they have given fans who grew up watch­ing the likes of Maid­stone and Bog­nor the chance to watch Bolton, Black­burn and Derby at Huish Park. Not as a favour or a friendly, but as equals and ri­vals.

Yeovil may never see the Cham­pi­onship again, but they are proof to ev­ery club in ev­ery di­vi­sion that, in an era when

P remier League cash is ma­nip­u­lated to keep the pau­pers pinned be­low decks, it is still pos­si­ble to squeeze into the big time.

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