Jimmy Baldwin

Jimmy Baldwin

Number of games in charge: 151

Number of seasons in charge: 3

Jimmy Baldwin xx/xx/1957 - xx/xx/1960

Played 151, Won 65, Drew 36, Lost 50, Win Rate 43.05%

Following the sudden departure of Norman Dodgin, Jimmy Baldwin came to Somerset to replace him. Born 12th January 1922 in Blackburn, this midfielder had spells with Blackburn Rovers and Leicester City. He had moved to Great Yarmouth Town as player manager, and after one season there, had been tempted to the Huish. He lost 5-2 away at Gravesend & Northfleet in his first game in charge on the opening day of 1957/58 season. He quickly made up ground though with two fine wins 5-1 and 6-0, to end the first week of his time in Somerset.

Probably his finest signing was a 22 year old lad from Crystal Palace. Len Harris was signed along with Johnny Dennis, and once Baldwin had convinced them that Yeovil was indeed in Somerset, and not in Wales as they believed, they came to the lush countryside instead of the concrete and tarmac to which they were accustomed. Harris was on old fashioned centre-half and played for the club for 14 years clocking up 691 appearances, a post war record

Jimmy Baldwin died in 1985 aged 62.