We trace the he­roes of Yeovil’s run to the FA Cup third round in 1970-71

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Neil Fissler

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.

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