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Countdown day 3: City 5-1 Yeovil

At number three in our countdown is one of the most epic comebacks in the clubs history.

Gloucester City 5-1 Yeovil Town (Agg 6-5)

21st April 1956

Attendance 3000

Southern League Cup Final

Back before the days of the FA Trophy, the Southern League Cup was one of the biggest cup competitions outside of league football, and City’s win came against all odds in a two-legged affair with Yeovil Town.

The tie looked to be over after the end of the first leg after City were stuffed 4-1 by Yeovil at Huish, leaving a huge uphill task for the second leg at Longlevens.

But a genius tactic by Gloucester manager Harry Ferrier caused confusion early on: he made some of his players switch shirt numbers , meaning Yeovil’s players were marking the wrong men! A tactic that could probably have only worked when shirt numbers tended to mean fixed positions!

Nevertheless it worked, and City stormed into a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes, going on to thrash Yeovil 5-1 and overturn the deficit in remarkable fashion. It was City’s first and only Southern League Cup win and is still the biggest cup competition the club have won.


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