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19th September 2003 19:30

Yeovil Town, our next opponent, is a completely new one to the Stags as the clubs have never faced each other before, not even in the FA Cup although Yeovil in their non-league days were known as giant killers. On more than twenty occasions did Yeovil dump a league club out of the Cup. And the most memorable day in Yeovil's
Cup history was as far back as January 29, 1949. On this day, the Glovers kayoed the then First Division eight-placed team Sunderland 2-1 in the fourth round at home – and this result must surely rank among the top all-time FA cup giant-killings! In the previous round, Yeovil had knocked the Stags latest opponent, Bury out. Other teams that have been kayoed by Yeovil are Crystal Palace, Fulham, Blackpool and Colchester – the latter two in the 2000-01 season when they also nearly accounted for Bolton in the third round. Yeovil's inaugural league season so far has given them five wins and three defeats – and so far they have liked sequences! Starting with two wins, they followed with three defeats – and are so far the only club to have lost against Macclesfield and Leyton Orient, two previous guests at Field Mill – so far. The last three Yeovil games have been won without conceding a goal – and the game in Stagsland is on paper very interesting when looking at the current table with Yeovil in 4th position and the Stags in 5th spot.

None of the current Stags and Yeovil players have played for both sides, but Brian Thompson, born Sunderland, had apparently played for Yeovil – no appearance data available – before playing nine games in defence for the Stags midway through the 1979-80 season in the old third division.

Svante Bernhard aka Sweden Stag (pictured, above right)


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