Before Yeovil Town and Cambridge United played each other earlier this season, they hadn’t met in over a decade. However, Glovers fans will still have fond memories of playing United and will probably reminisce over an emphatic 4 – 1 win at the Abbey Stadium from 2003. Strangely, the game isn’t talked about because of the four Yeovil goals. Instead, it’s the actions of then-United striker Dave Kitson that keep getting mentioned every time the ex-Cambridge striker’s name pops up.
As a younger Yeovil fan, I wasn’t at that match in person, but Kitson has been involved in Yeovil games a number of times and has always proved to be a perplexing figure. Off the pitch he is an intelligent and articulate individual who always provides thought-provoking analysis and insight into matches in his interviews, and may also have written the hugely successful ‘Secret Footballer’ books. On the pitch, he seems a bit of a thug.
Preferring to kick people and try and antagonise his opponents than play football, he proved to be a nuisance in all the wrong ways in the 2013 Play-Off Semi Final Second Leg. On as a Sheffield United sub, he first cynically and needlessly kicked out at Dan Burn, before trying to get a reaction out of Byron Webster. Luckily, Byron’s hard as nails and hardly even noticed Kitson’s unwanted attention.
Also luckily, the Sky Sports television cameras were there to capture the nonsense:
When playing in the previously mentioned game from 2003, Kitson rather made a fool out of himself. Sadly I wasn’t there to witness his shenanigans first hand, so I left it up to the faithful Ciderspace Facebook Group to explain:
Thanks Alex! (And of course, as always, thanks Ciderspace!)
Yeovil’s scorers on that day included Jake Edwards, who had put the Glovers 1 – 0 up before Kitson’s equaliser. Edwards helped himself to another, and fan’s favourite Kevin Gall then added the third.
The final name on the scoresheet that day was young scamp Darren Way, who netted with just three minutes of the game remaining. However, instead of inspiring victory on the field, this Saturday Way will be hoping to inspire his team to victory from the dugout.
(As for Kitson, his last job was as assistant-manager for Arlesley Town. Despite everything I’ve said, he’s probably a very nice bloke!)