After the war.
The War was over
It would not be an easy return to normal at Pen Mill or the town in general , the players that survived gradually returned home to their loved ones, players like legendary Johnny Hayward who had enlisted into the machine gun corp. Of course, not all players had returned and had given the ultimate sacrifice to their country.
The 1914 agreement between Petters United and Yeovil FC it would seem had been forgotten, hardly surprising after what followed. In fact Petters United started playing matches in their own guise, using Pen Mill as their home pitch With Petters workforce deemed essential workers they continued playing friendlies even during the war period. At matches all well attended against teams such as Royal Navy Brigade (Portland) and in front of 1300 on Carnival Day against the Australian Imperial Forces. The Aussies going down 5-0. One of the Australian forces team wrote a journal thst appeared in the Australian press, it seemed the beautiful girls of Yeovil being the biggest draw for the Australians.
By April 1919 a team labelled as Yeovil travelled to St James Park to take on Southern League Exeter City. Thy reality was it was a Petters United Factory team. Exeter goalkeeper being Dick Dym, who went onto become Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper in the first Wembley Cup final in 1923 against West Ham, famously known as the White Horse final. Pym would eventually end his career at Yeovil. Playing for 'Yeovil' was Percival Nutland, recently returned from the war after fighting in France with the Somerset Light infantry, his brother Ernest sadly not returning, his name can be seen inscribed on the war memorial in the Borough, in Yeovil. Percival obviously impressed Exeter in the 0-0 draw, as he later signed amateur forms for them
One former player not having the best of times was William Hutchins a player predominantly with Petters United but had turned out for the Glovers before the War. Hutchins was caught at Waterloo Station in London after committing three burglaries in and around Sherborne and also a number of thefts in London. He was sentenced to four years at the Old Bailey, where it transpired that William Hutchins was just an aliase and his real name was Fletcher. Interestingly nearly 100 hundred years later, a workman whisky dismantling an old Gloving factory in Martock, and whilst taking up the floorboards found 'Hutchins's' Yeovil league medal from the 1913-14 season.