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25th March 2004 22:35

Yeovil Town were last season's Conf champions and thus gained their long-awaited entry into the Nationwide Football League. And so far, the Glovers have figured around the playoff fringe for most of the season – and also inside the playoffs places – mainly due to gaining three-pointers – and so far playing only TWO draws – compared to six for the Stags, who now travel to the Huish Park for the first time ever trying to avenge the result at Field Mill on September 20, 1993, the only time so far the Stags have failed to score at home as a Jackson strike just before half-time proved enough against an on that day depleted Stags squad due to injuries and suspensions – the latter in the aftermath of the controversial game at Swansea some weeks earlier.

The Stags will try to end an appalling away run with three straight defeats with eleven goals conceded while Yeovil lost their last home game 0-1 to Doncaster.

The game at Field Mill was the first-ever between the clubs. Therefore they have never faced each other in the FA Cup.

In that competition Yeovil were known as giant-killers in their non-league days. On more than twenty occasions did the Glovers dump a league side 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! 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 the Stags latest away opponent, Bury – then playing in the old 2nd division - at home to a 3-1 scoreline. Other teams that have been kayoed by Yeovil 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.

Played for both sides: Eric Bryant, Brian Thompson.

Home: P 1, W 0, D 0, L 1, GF 0, GA 1
Away: first-ever away game at Yeovil

Season Home Date Away Date

2003-04 0-1 2003-09-20 (at Field Mill) Div 3

Svante Bernhard aka Sweden Stag (pictured, above right)


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