Skip to main content Skip to site footer

Gary Johnson dedicates Football League award to Yeovil Town staff

20 March 2014

No sooner had Gary Johnson been announced as the Football Manager Outstanding Managerial Achievement winner at the 2014 Football League Awards, than he was praising the communal effort of everyone at Yeovil Town.

Johnson received the accolade following a year in which he led the Glovers to victory in the League 1 Play-Off Final to secure a place in English football's second tier for the first time in the club's history.

A club legend usually takes several years to manifest - think Steve Fletcher at Bournemouth, winner of the Sir Tom Finney Award on the same night - but the 58-year-old is already a Huish Park hero after six years at the club spanning two spells.

And when you look at his record, the evidence is clear; FA Trophy champions in 2002, Football Conference winners in 2002/03 with 95 points, 100 goals scored and an unbeaten home record, followed by securing the League 2 title in 2004/05.

His only other full season at the Yeovil helm during his first spell - 2003/04 - was an eighth-placed finish in the fourth tier, missing out on a Play-Off place by goal difference.

After returning in 2012 via Bristol City, Peterborough United and Northampton Town, the club took 30 points from 19 games to escape relegation from League 1. He then led his team to that famous success at Wembley in May 2013.

Despite a glowing Glovers record, a modest Johnson was keen to pass praise onto other members of the club.

"I am accepting this trophy on behalf of all the staff that have been at Yeovil for many years," he said.

"They deserve recognition for part of this trophy so I'll congratulate them. This award is for the football club.

"There are so many unsung heroes at Yeovil that have been trying to get the club in The Football League at some stage over the past 108 years, and we've had a fantastic decade in The League since securing that status in 2003.

"But guys like Terry Skiverton [assistant manager, at the club since 1999] and Darren Way [first-team coach] were there as my players and have stuck with the club.

"When I left for Bristol City they kept the ship afloat through some hard years and then we all got together again, so I'm really pleased for them.

"Yeovil is a club for the people, too. There are only 40,000 people in Yeovil and the surrounding areas and we took 25,000 to Wembley for the Brentford game.

"We know many of the fans by face and name, which makes it very difficult to let them down."

Disappointment is a feeling rarely experienced by the Glovers faithful with Johnson in charge, supported by the other loyal workers making up the backbone of the club.

And following that surprise win at the national stadium last May, the much-regarded minnows of the Sky Bet Championship are proving to any doubters that they can compete at that level.

"It's great being in the Championship," Johnson said whilst smiling.

"We did say at the start of the season that every game would be a celebration of our achievement - that got me out of it because if we lost every week it didn't matter because we were going to enjoy it.

"Well, that's what I told the chairman anyway.

"We are still part of a group of teams in a relegation battle, and we're pleased to still be within reach of safety.

"Every neutral is rooting for us and it would be really nice to keep our club around for a little while longer in the Championship.

"If we stay up, it would honestly be a bigger achievement than getting into the Championship because you're coming up against Premier League clubs with big budgets every week.

"And if we do achieve another season in the second tier, I fully expect to be back at The Awards this time next year!"

For more information about The Football League Awards 2014 visit

For all the latest news on Yeovil Town please click here

Advertisement block