GLOVERS FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Yeovil Town 1, Cardiff City 2 – January 12, 1999
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 19 years to a night of high drama on January 12, 1999, when Cardiff City came to Huish Park to face Yeovil Town in a FA Cup Third Round Replay.
The original tie had finished 1-1 at a rain-soaked Cardiff on Saturday, January 2, 1999, and so a replay was needed at a packed Huish Park ten days later.
A crowd of 8,101 was at the match and Cardiff, then of the old Division Three, took the lead and could have extended their lead, but for some fine goalkeeping from Yeovil keeper Tony Pennock.
The Glovers then got what they wanted – just four minutes from time – when Matt Hayfield scored to unleash wild scenes of celebration among the Yeovil fans.
It could have got even better when right at the death Tony Pounder nearly netted a winner, but the Cardiff keeper pulled off a great save.
Yeovil stopper Tony Pennock then went from hero to zero in the opening minute of the first-half of extra-time when a blunder as he rolled the ball out to kick it up field allowed Cardiff striker Kevin Nugent to nip in and get what turned out to be the eventual winner.
The mistake really did show how cruel football and the FA Cup, in particular, can be and the error has been used in the past on the “what happened next” section of TV gameshow Question of Sport.
Yeovil Town finished that 1998-99 season under Colin Lippiatt as head coach in a respectable fifth place in the Nationwide Conference.
They had a terrific away performances that season which saw them just lose twice on their travels throughout the campaign, but they lost nine at home.
If they had picked-up some more points during the season at Huish Park who knows where they might have finished. They were nine points adrift of Conference champions Cheltenham Town.
Rob Cousins was the top appearance-maker for Yeovil that season with 51 games in all competitions followed by Al-James Hannigan, Tony Pennock, Kevan Brown and Warren Patmore on 48.
David Piper and Murray Fishlock made 47 appearances, while Steve Thompson and Steve Stott made 46 apiece. Ben Smith was the only other player to make 40 appearances during the season.
Warren Patmore was top scorer for the season with 26 goals in all competitions. The only other player to reach double figures was Owen Pickard with 12.
PHOTO – ABOVE: Pictured (from left) are former Yeovil Town head coach Colin Lippiatt, goalkeeper Tony Pennock and midfielder Matty Hayfield.
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