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Yeovil Town 1949

Yeovil Town V Sunderland 1949 FA Cup Official Programme


Official 1949 FA CUP Programme  

Yeovil Town v Sunderland


One of the most legendary football games in the history of the FA CUP,  a game where “ a non-league club defeated a team in the top tier of English football.” And a unique opportunity to become the owner of an extremely rare and really special football programme from 74 years ago.  No other copies available on the internet to purchase at the time of listing:

The match at Huish Athletic Ground in Yeovil, Somerset was the fourth round of FA Cup with Yeovil Town in green jerseys and white shorts supplied by Templeman’s, playing against Sunderland in red and white shirts with black shorts.  Referee was W. F. Smith from Aldershot, and the Linesmen were W. Murdock and A. P. Newman. 

Alec Stock was player/manager and Yeovil Team players were:

Original Goalie Stan Hall replaced by Dickie Dyke . Arthur Hickman (2) Ralph Davis (3) Bob Keeton (4) Les Blizzard (5) Nick Collins (6) Booby Hamilton (7) Alec Stock (8) Eric Bryant (9) Ray Wright (10) Jack Hargreaves (11)

Sunderland manager was Bill Murray and Team players were:

Tommy Reynolds (1) Len Shackleton (10) Ronnie Turnbull (9) Jackie Robinson (8) Len Duns (7) Arthur Wright (6) Fred Hall, Captain (5) Willie Watson (4) Arthur Hudgell  substituted for Barnie Ramsden (3) Jack Stelling (2) with Johnny Mapson in goal.


The Mangers Notes:  “No Team could be assured of a warmer welcome to Yeovil for the fourth round of the F.A. Cup this afternoon than Sunderland, who for many years have maintained the best traditions of soccer. No more worthy opponents could have been selected for the most memorable game in Yeovil club’s 25 years history.  It is unfortunate that Sunderland’s financial reward must inevitably be small, but it is sincerely hoped that it will in some measure be compensated by the happy recollections of their short stay in Yeovil. A cordial greeting is also extended to the hundreds of followers who have made the long journey from Sunderland.”

Yeovil Town won the match 2–1, with Alec Stock and Eric Bryant scoring the goals for the winning side. Went on to have thrilling victories over Bury and Sunderland, before losing to Manchester United in the fifth round.   Alec Stock was born in Peasedown St John, Somerset, and played as an inside-forward for Charlton Athletic and Queens Park Rangers before the Second World War and guested for several other clubs during the hostilities. He joined Yeovil Town in 1946.    Eric Bryant was born in Poole, Dorset on 18 November 1921 and played league football for Mansfield Town, Plymouth Argyle and Leyton Orient. Signed by Plymouth from Yeovil for a fee of £3,000.


First Edition: 1949  No 22 Saturday 29th January

Issued by the Yeovil Town Football Supporters Club

Published by Western Gazette Co. Ltd, Yeovil  

Size: 13cm x 20 cm

Number of pages:  8 Pages

Genre: Football Programmes / Ephemeral




Condition: This is a very fragile and delicate 74-year-old paper brochure which has tri-folded creases. Tearing up to 7cm along the creases and to edges of pages. Great care needs to be exercised when opening the programme to reduce further tearing along the pages edges and tri-fold creases. Paper ephemeral: Age-related wear and age-toned around the cover edges. Binding: Stapled with one staple in the centre of the page through the centre spread. Pages. All pages complete. Some folding over of edges where the tearing is along the creases. Age-toned yellowing at the edges with some slight foxing to outer page edges. Pencil ticks to all players names on the centre pages. ‘Hall’ crossed out and ‘Dyke’ added in ink. ‘2-1’ added in ink midway down the centre right hand page. Condition is subjective and photographs of all pages are included to help you judge the condition for yourself.




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