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30th August 2004 10:57

For nearly the whole of last season, the Stags fought with Yeovil for either auto promo or playoffs positions. Both sides figured very strong for these things during that season. And in the end, the Stags clinched a playoffs position while the Glovers just about missed out on the playoffs. And that was also mainly due to both sides not playing for draws.

Last season,Yeovil were the first side to deny the Stags a Field Mill league goal. That happened on September 20, 2003, when a Jackson strike just before half-time was enough to beat an on that day depleted Stags side due to injuries and suspensions – the latter in the aftermath of the controversial game at Swansea some weeks earlier. And the away game at Yeovil was played on March 27, 2004. Before that game, the Stags had endured an appalling away run with three straight defeats with eleven goals conceded and some of the worst performances of last season. That away spell was ended about ten minutes from time, when Rhys Day headed home the equalizer. On the hour mark, Skiverton had given Yeovil the lead. The Day strike was to prove VERY crucial in the final reckoning. Where had the Stags finished without that goal???

Before their entry into the Football league last season, Yeovil were known as FA Cup giant-killers big style. On more than twenty occasions did the Glovers dump a league side out of the Cup. And the most memorable day in Yeovil's glorious 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 all-time greatest FA cup giant-killings! And to top that, the Yeovil winning goal was secured by an ex-Stag. Eric Bryant sent the whole of Somerset wild by netting the winner. Bryant had previously scored 17 goals in 35 league fixtures for the Stags, 15 of them in the 1946-47 season when the Stags finished bottom of the old div 3 (S).

In the previous round, Yeovil had disposed of Bury – then playing in the old 2nd division - at home to a 3-1 scoreline. Other teams that have been kayoed by Yeovil over the years are Crystal Palace, Fulham, Blackpool and Colchester – the latter two in the 2000-01 season when the Glovers nearly accounted for Bolton in the third round. More recently, Championship side Plymouth were dumped out of the League cup in extra time by the Glovers, while the Stags had their home tie against Preston postponed due to safety reasons (fire near Field Mill).

Yeovil's last away game ended in a 2-1 victory at Notts County, while the Stags beat Kidderminster to the same score-line in their last home fixture.

Played for both sides: Eric Bryant, Brian Thompson, George Anderson, Kim Book, David Coles, Derek Dawkins to name but a few.

Home: P 1, W 0, D 0, L 1, GF 0, GA 1
Away: P 1, W 0, D 1, L 0, GF 1, GA 1

Season Home Date Away Date

2003-04 0-1 2003-09-20 1-1 2004-03-27 Div 3

Svante Bernhard aka Sweden Stag (pictured, above right)


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