1921 to 1999: We are the Weymouth haters!
With Yeovil Town beginning their pre-season schedule with a friendly against Weymouth next Tuesday, we decided we’d look back at the historic (albeit currently dormant) rivalry between the two clubs.
The two teams played each other dozens of times throughout the 20th century, and the match became a common Boxing Day clash. The game was played during the Christmas period a grand total of 23 times.
For one of those festive fixtures in 1948, Weymouth set their attendance record at their old Recreation Ground when 12,512 turned up. At least 10,000 were probably Yeovil fans!
Video footage 1999 FA Trophy tie at the Wessex Stadium, which finished 0 – 0, is available online. Pyros and smoke bombs aren’t allowed in football grounds these days, but back then bringing flares to games was practically encouraged!
In the replay at Huish Park, the Glovers won 2 – 1 thanks to goals from Warren Patmore and Paul Tisdale, with Terry Skiverton also in the starting XI.
That was the most recent competitive fixture against Weymouth, with both teams heading in different directions in the footballing pyramid (luckily Yeovil climbed the leagues while Weymouth fell down them).
There have been four friendlies since then, with the Glovers winning three of them. The biggest margin of victory came in 2013 when the Terras were thrashed 7 – 0. Even Kieffer Moore and Michael Ngoo got hat-tricks!
A similar sort of result next Tuesday would be more than welcome…