WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
We trace the heroes of Yeovil’s run to the FA Cup third round in 1970-71
JOHN CLANCY admits the pressure used to be cranked up for Yeovil Town as soon as it came to the FA Cup. The Glovers were one of the most successful Non-League clubs in the history of the most famous domestic cup competition in the world.
Even fans who weren’t old enough to remember them beating the mighty Sunderland in 1949 expected them to have a decent cup run.
They felt that they were a match for anyone, especially on the sloping pitch at the Huish.
“We were reminded about the club’s cup runs every year,” he said.
“The crowd always wanted one. It was expected of us because our fans looked upon us as the giant-killers, didn’t they?”
Clancy scored in the 2-1 fourth qualifying round victory against Poole Town and then the only goal against Athenian League side Aveley in the first round proper with a diving header.
The reward was a trip to near neighbours Bournemouth, who were riding high in Division Four.
Cliff Myers scored the only goal from a Clancy corner as Yeovil saw off the Cherries.
“Bournemouth had beaten Oxford City 8-1 in the previous round and Ted MacDougall scored six goals.
“We were really worried about him, but Paul Smith marked him out of the game.”
The draw was kind toYeovil, who would go on to win the Southern League title. Their opponents were Arsenal, league and cup double winners by the end of the season.
The game was due to be played on January 2, but Arsenal made a fuss, claiming the floodlights weren’t good enough for an evening game.
The tie was re-arranged for the following Wednesday afternoon and schools in the town closed, as did the major employer in the area, Westland Engineering.
Clancy had started his career as an apprentice at Tottenham and played against the Gunners as a junior. He has since been told how seriously Arsenal boss Bertie Mee took the game, which the Gunners won 3-0.
“It was a great draw for the club, I have never seen so many people packed into the Huish – they were in like sardines.
“I sometimes play golf with (then-Arsenal captain) Frank McLintock and he told me that Arsenal took it very seriously – they even found a slopping pitch just like ours to train on!
“When Arsenal came running out, they all seemed so much bigger than us. They had some very good players and did play well.
“I was trying to get by Pat Rice, who just kept on trying to push me onto my left foot which was a weakness.
“I wasn’t able to get too many crosses in and we didn’t have many shots.”
1. Alasdair MacDonald: A native of Elgin in Scotland, he is now believed to be back living north of the border.
2. Andy McCluskey: After returning to his native NorthEast, he lives in the Hartlepool area where he worked with young people with learning difficulties.
3. Bob Moffat: Lives in the United States after settling in Richardson, Texas. He started a soccer camp and academy business, Moffat Enterprises, which he ran until selling in December 2011.
4. Cliff Myers: After running a Torquay cleaning company, he lives in Lindos on the Greek island of Rhodes, where he ran a restaurant and then a bar called The Sunburnt Arms. His son Chris played for Torquay.
5. Paul Smith: A systems programmer with Westland Engineering and then Normalair-Garrett, he also worked in financial services and then as a delivery driver. He died in September 2007, aged 59, after a battle against cancer.
6. Tony Clark: The former goalkeeper used to travel up from his home in Exeter, where he is now living in retirement after working as a postman.
7. Len Harris: The legendary centre-half is the club’s record appearance holder (691). He became a groundsman at Yeovil Grammar School and then caretaker at Yeovil College before his death in September 2010, aged 73.
8. Maurice O’Donnell: A former Yeovil player who settled in the area, spending 47 years coaching at the club as well as working for Westland Engineering.
9. Alan Herrity: A machine tool operator at Westlands, he returned to Newport where he worked for an engineering company and then as a groundsman at Celtic Manor Resort before his death in 2006.
10. Ron Bayliss: An electrician who finished his career in non-league football in the Kent area. He settled in Folkestone where he also worked for Her Majesty’s Courts Service until retiring.
11. John Clancy: Settled in the Yeovil area and spent 40 years working in programming and production control for Westlands until retiring.
12. Brian Grey: After returning to his native Swansea, he became the licensee of a number of pubs in the local area and also worked in the double glazing trade before retiring.
13. Mike Hughes: The player-manager held a similar role at Salisbury, Taunton and Cirencester. He also coached at Torquay, then ran Yeovil’s community scheme and was a driver for Wessex Packaging.
14. Stuart Housley: Is now a football analyst at Yeovil after holding a variety of other roles at the club, including youth coach, community scheme organiser, kitman and assistant manager.
15. Chris Weller: He has spent many years working as a heating engineer and plumber in Verwood, Dorset, and has also managed Poole Town.
Ken Thompson: After becoming player-manager of Chard, he worked as a storeman at Westlands until retiring and still lives locally.