JOHNSTONE’S PAINT TROPHY
TUESDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER 2015
Stadium: Huish Park, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8YF
Telephone: 01935 423662
Club Colours: Green and White
Nickname: The Glovers
Key Personnel: Paul Sturrock took the reins in April 2015 after managerial experience at St Johnstone, Dundee United, Plymouth Argyle, Southampton, Sheffield Wednesday, Swindon Town and Southend United. Sturrock spent 15 years as a player with Dundee United and appeared 20 times for Scotland.
Brief Directions by Road: Out of London on the M3, thankfully by-passing Basingstoke, and onto junction 8 and the A303. By pass Andover and stay on the A303. Stonehenge is supreme and very visible to your right on this road and is worth a stop for a brew if you can. Eventually exit the A303 at the Cartgate roundabout, junction with A3088 sign-posted for Yeovil. You will see Brown direction signs everywhere almost pleading your interest and you will have no difficulty getting to the stadium and car park if you follow them.
Car Parking: There is ample car parking at the ground, cost £2.
Directions by Train: Trains home after the game I believe are pretty much impossible so please check carefully. From London Waterloo, Yeovil has two stations. Yeovil Junction (situated two to three miles outside of the town) and Pen Mill Junction (about a mile outside the town centre). Both are a long trek from the football club. A frequent bus service is available from Yeovil Junction to Yeovil Bus Station where you can pick up the Football Special bus service which will take you to the ground, however – yeah I agree hail a Taxi!
Supporters’ Coach: Due to a lack of demand there isn’t a coach running to this fixture.
Eating and Drinking Locally: There is very little by way of this type of entertainment near to the ground and it was always difficult to gain entry to the social club too – still is, according to other visiting supporters. The Airfield or The Arrow are the local pubs. For those driving in on the A37, The Halfway House is an inn surprisingly about halfway between Ilchester and Yeovil. You will see it on the left hand side of the road. Recommended by the club.
Ground Description: Both sides of the ground have similar looking stands, both cantilevered, covered single tiered stands that are all seated. The only differences between these stands are that the Tamburino Stand has some executive boxes running across the back of it, plus the dug outs and players tunnel, whilst the Screwfix Community Stand has a press box suspended from beneath its roof and a small simple looking electric scoreboard. At one end is the Thatchers Gold Stand covered terrace. Opposite is the Copse Road Terrace, which is uncovered and given to away fans. Covered seating accommodation for visitors is also available in the Screwfix Community Stand.
Admission Prices: Adults £10, Senior (over 65) £5, Junior (under 16) £1.
Previous Meetings and Memories: Has it really been 12 years since we last visited The Huish? It was in an FA Cup 2nd Round tie in December 2003 when dozens of Santa-hatted Bees fans witnessed a 5-1 defeat. Peter Beadle was our goal scorer that afternoon. A very one sided 4-1 victory in December 1990 featured a ‘Don’t Flinch It’s’ Tony Lynch hat trick. In fact during top flight non-league games between Yeovil and Barnet, the average goals per game was over four including two 4-4 draws at Underhill in 1981 and 1983. Who remembers Steve Ragan breaking the goalpost in October 1983? The match was suspiciously abandoned with Barnet leading 1-0 as no repairs or substitute post was available! The replayed game however ended 4-2 with Steve Mahoney grabbing a hat trick, justice?
Celebrity Watch and Interesting Info: In years long passed, the pair of gloves that you bought your Auntie Beryl from Barnet Market for Christmas this year would have almost certainly been manufactured in Yeovil. The clubs nickname originated from the town’s famous glove making industry and it is a little known fact that in the 1830s, over three million pairs of gloves were fashioned each year – now that’s amazing! England cricket legend Ian Botham went to school in Yeovil at Buckler’s Mead Comprehensive. Sorry that’s it!