Per la coppa Italiano - The Italian matches
The 1976-77 season had technically ended for the Glovers. A seventh place position in the Southern Premier league was not seen to be good enough for the ever demanding Glovers fans who wanted and expected more! Stan Harland's bombastic reign was nothing short of controversial at times. A player that oozed class on the pitch mixing it at times with thuggish tackles and actions leading to an awful disciplinary record.
Additionally Harland had a penchant for having a complete lack of respect for senior players or their past achievements. A prime example of this when fans favourite Dicky Plumb referred to the manager solely by his surname. Harland paid in kind by doing the same to Dicky.
Stan Harland was also never one to shy aware from giving his view, sometimes in what appeared pure arrogance to the fans. Blaming the playing woes on everything and anything, usually the Huish pitch, apart from his team selection and tactics. Rumours, later confirmed, reported players struggling with his 'my way or the highway' attitude. One former player in later years describing him as the most arrogant and worst manager he'd ever played for.
Things off the field of play were just as troublesome the club debts rising year on year. Assisted with a high increase in the wage bill under Harland. The board putting out that if it continued within three years the club would fold.
The Anglo-Italian Cup was seen as a way to increase dwindling revenues, the board banking on high crowds to witness Yeovil playing in competitive matches against European opposition. They were wrong. Over the two matches against Turris and Bari, barely 4000 had attended.
With all that said, The Glovers were still in with a great chance of reaching the final in Italy. Lieing top of the English group.
|Yeovil's Anglo Italian squad 1977|
|Teramo's new stadium|
The club, again like Yeovil finding themselves promoted to Seria B the second tier of Italian football. Teramo's place was denied , infamously they became tied up in the 2015 Italian match rigging scandal. They were refused their place, demoted to Seria D and fined €300,000. Today again finding themselves in Seria C.
On the return to the their hotel in Montesilvano, the news came through that Bath City had pulled off a great result and had beaten Parma by a solitary goal. Thus putting them top of the English group, meaning Yeovil needed a win in Parma three days later.
|The entrance to the Stadio Ennio Tardini|
|Carlo Ancelotti for Parma|