Harrogate Town News

Opposition in Focus - Yeovil Town

As Town prepare for The 2019/20 National League season, we take a look at the new opponents that we will be travelling to and welcoming to The CNG Stadium, first up... Yeovil Town FC.

Fact File:
: 1895
Ground: Huish Park
Capacity: 9,565
Manager: *Currently Vacant*
Chairmen: John Fry
Average Home Attendance (2018/19): 2,953
2018/19 Season: 24th (League Two)


Based in Somerset Yeovil’s home ground is Huish Park, built in 1990 on the site of an old army camp and named after their former home, Huish.

The club's nickname ‘The Glovers’ is a reference to the history of glove-making in the town of Yeovil, which became a centre of the industry during the 18th and 19th centuries.

As recently as the 2012–13 season, Yeovil finished 4th in the third tier of English football, reaching the League One play-offs. After a 2–0 home victory against Sheffield United, following a 1–0 loss at Bramall Lane in the first leg, the club went on to defeat Brentford 2–1 in the Play-Off final at Wembley, reaching the second tier of English football for the first time in their history. 

Yeovil spent one season in the Championship before suffering an immediate relegation back to League One.

The club's struggles continued following that season, Manager Gary Johnson being eventually replaced by Paul Sturrock as Yeovil suffered another relegation, returning to League Two for the first time in ten years.

Unfortunately the decline would continue for the Somerset side, finishing bottom of the football league last season and dropping into Non-League football for the first time since 2003.

Key Players

Tom James – The young welsh defender and former Cardiff City academy product has attracted a lot of interest during his time in Somerset since his arrival in 2017, including a bid from Championship outfit West Brom in August 2018.

James finished last season as The Glovers second highest goal scorer with seven goals in all competitions, an impressive stat for a defensive player.

Stuart Nelson – A veteran of the game at 37 years old, Nelson has played for 11 teams in his career, including 195 appearances for Gillingham.

During his time at Gillingham the stopper won promotion to League One in 2013, being named in the Team of the Season along the way. Nelson also has plenty of non-league experience , something which will be valuable for the Glovers if they are looking to bounce straight back into The Football League.
One to Watch:

Daniel Ojofollowing his debut in November 2018 at just 17 years old, the defender will be looking to make a real stake for a starting position in the side.

The hot prospect made seven senior appearances for Paul Sturrock’s side last season and is a very promising prospect for the Somerset outfit.

By Isaac Martin