Going to Maidstone United away tomorrow? Be very wary!
There was a time when Yeovil Town were known as FA Cup giant-killers, and many fans will have seen the grainy footage of a 2 – 1 win over top flight Sunderland from 1949 – there may even be some supporters that remember that famous day.
Since entering the Football League the tables have turned somewhat and although the club’s first season in the Third Division saw a dream cup-tie against Liverpool at home, the Glovers have been upset by non-league teams three times.
2007/08: Torquay United 4 – 1 Yeovil Town
After reaching the League One Play-Off Final the year before, Yeovil’s 2007/08 season will always be seen as a bit of a disappointment, and one of the most disappointing games was a first round FA Cup defeat to Conference side Torquay United.
It looked to be going well for the Glovers when Marcus Stewart opened the scoring but the away side capitulated, with Chris Todd and Danny Stevens scoring two goals each for the Gulls. To add insult to injury, the match was televised live for the whole country to see.
2009/10: Oxford United 1 – 0 Yeovil Town
Terry Skiverton’s first reign as YTFC manager had plenty of highlights, however this game was definitely not one of them. Again in the first round, Yeovil crashed out at the hands of Oxford United of the Conference.
Although Oxford are now in the same league as the Glovers, we had a two-league divisional supremacy over them and still managed to lose. A single Jack Midson goal after he beat Craig Alcock to the ball and lobbed over goalkeeper Richard Martin was enough to hand victory to Oxford, who were promoted to League Two at the end of that season.
2011/12: Yeovil Town 0 – 2 Fleetwood Town
After going 2 – 0 up thanks to goals from Ed Upson and Connor Clifford at Fleetwood’s Highbury Stadium, an upset from the then-non-league side didn’t seem on the cards. However, they clawed their way back to 2 – 2 and knocked Yeovil out on the Glovers’ home turf in the replay.
After an opener from Jamie McQuire, a red card for Bondz N’Gala didn’t help Yeovil, although powerhouse Steve McNulty was also sent off for The Cod Army. The away side scored their second goal from a player called Jamie Vardy – I wonder whatever happened to him?
Although the Oxford’s scalp against the Glovers didn’t win Skivo any fans while he was in the hot seat, it was this game that effectively saw the end for the club legend, and he was demoted to Gary Johnson’s assistant less than a month later. Meanwhile, Fleetwood were promoted to League Two at the end of that season, and now play a league above the Glovers.