GLOVERS FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Yeovil Town 0, Norwich City 3 – January 5, 1980
WELCOME to the Glovers Flashback Friday feature where we look back at a Yeovil Town game on this day in history from down the years.
In this game we go back 38 years to when Norwich City, of the old Division One, were the visitors to the sloping pitch of Huish where Yeovil Town, of the newly-formed Alliance Premier League, were hoping to dish out another of their famous giant-killing acts in the FA Cup Third Round.
A crowd of 8,525 crammed into Huish on Saturday, January 5, 1980, for the big match with TV cameras present hoping to see another heroic Yeovil cup performance.
Sadly it was not to be with Norwich – boasting a side containing the likes of 1966 England World Cup winner Martin Peters, a young striker by the name of Justin Fashanu and a promising defender in the form of Kevin Bond, son of City manager John Bond – running out comfortable 3-0 winners.
The outcome may not have been different, but it might not have been so convincing had Yeovil keeper Brian Parker not played for much of the part with concussion having sustained a knock on the head.
Yeovil midfielder Malcolm Gold was named man-of-the-match by TV commentator Barry Davies as the Glovers put in a decent display against their more illustrious opponents, while for the record Norwich broke the deadlock through Graham Paddon in the first-half and then goals from Keith Robson and Justin Fashanu completed the scoring.
For me (writer Steve Sowden) it was my first game watching Yeovil Town – only seems like yesterday.
Yeovil Town finished that 1979-80 season in 12th spot in the first-ever season of the Alliance Premier League which brought the best non-league clubs in the country together.
Clive Green was the golden boy of the season for the Glovers by top scoring with 19 goals while Trevor Finnigan chipped-in with 16 and Joe Scott was the only other player to hit double figures with ten.
Green was the top appearance-maker for the Glovers as well in the 1979-80 campaign 55 games games, while Brian Parker made 53, Finnigan 49, Glyn Broom 48, Jimmy Harmison 47 and Jess Payne 46. These were the only players to have made at least 40 appearances during the season.
Click on the link above for highlights from the match.
PHOTO – ABOVE: Pictured (from left) are Norwich City stars of 1980 Justin Fashanu, Martin Peters and Kevin Bond.
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