Mr Gregory, Church, and champions - 1923-24
With the new limited company in place, plans were made to push the club forward and raise revenue, they started by turning the pitch into tennis courts in the summer and letting them out from May to August for £2 .
It is worth noting the incredible rise of the club at this point. Just ten years before they were a mediocre, though well supported team plying their trade in the Somerset and Dorset leagues, playing on a pitch which to enter was described like walking through a farm yard. Now, in ten years they were a limited company, in the Southern League playing in a stadium with a capacity of 10,000 also playing at stadiums that were some of the most notibke in the country. The rise hadn't gone unnoticed by other teams in the South West who looked on at envy and saw Yeovil and Petters as the example of what to achieve.
The new company decided on a professional player manager, Jack Gregory from Queens Park Rangers was enticed to Huish with the helpful persuasion of a friend of Gregory's who lived in the town.
|Jack Marshall. Llanelly FC and Scotland|
When the next round of the FA Cup was made, it gave the Glovers a trip to Wiltshire to play Westbury United of the Wiltshire league. Westbury, still only three years in existence saw pound signs and asked the match to be competed at Huish, Yeovil more than happy to oblige. The little Westbury side, along with a small band of supporters received a hero's send off from Westbury Station to catch the 12.55 train to Yeovil. The Glovers were in no mood for sentiment though, by half time it was 8-0. Easing off in the second half, Hayward ended up with six to his name, and Warren getting a hat trick, with the final score of 12-1 still a record victory for Yeovil Town. One guess not many were waiting at Westbury station on their return.
|William Russell referee at the 1924 Cup final|
|Yeovil and Petters United - 1923-24|