New To The National League: Yeovil Town

We bring you the final instalment of our study of the teams coming in to the National League for 2019/20 by turning our eyes to Somerset.

Formed: 1895
Nickname:
The Glovers

Who’s in charge?
At the time of writing there remains some uncertainty at Yeovil Town as the club continue to conduct takeover talks with a “selected bidder” whose identity is yet to be made public.

As a consequence of that, The Glovers remain managerless since sacking Darren Way in March, though a recent club statement indicated that final interviews for the position would be underway soon.

As yet, no announcement has followed but the Huish Park hierarchy will no doubt be hoping to conclude their takeover business promptly in order to give the new owners and manager time to properly prepare for the new campaign.

Way was shown the door after almost three and a half years at the helm so Yeovil fans will be hoping the next incumbent is given as much time to rebuild and try to lead the club back in to the EFL.

How did they get here?
Despite winning four of their first seven League Two games last term, 2018/19 soon developed in to a real season of struggle for Yeovil Town.

An astonishing 6-0 win away at Newport County in mid-September had The Glovers sitting in a play-off position and had supporters dreaming of a return to League One.

However, they registered just one more win in the remainder of the calendar year and a dismal run of ten defeats from twelve games was enough to see boss Darren Way lose his job in March.

The following month their 16-year stay in the Football League was ended when relegation was confirmed – the Somerset outfit ended up finishing bottom of the table with 40 points.

When did we last meet?
The last time the two sides were in opposition was back in the 2016/17 season when former Pools loan man Matty Dolan scored from the spot for Yeovil Town to cancel out Padraig Amond’s opener in a 1-1 draw at The Vic.

That meant Pools had taken four points off The Glovers having won 2-1 at Huish Park in September 2016 thanks to Nathan Thomas’ double, which included a spectacular injury-time decider.

When do we play them?
The fixtures for the new National League season will be released on Wednesday 3rd July.

Where do they play?
Yeovil Town have played their home games at Huish Park since it was built in 1990 and it currently has a capacity of 9,565.

Higgy’s View
“I think it’s difficult to form a realistic view on Yeovil’s chances for the new campaign until we see how things develop on the ownership front in the coming days and weeks. As ever, there will be frustration there following relegation but I am sure that whoever comes in will want to make sure they’re as competitive as possible. It’s obviously another long trip for us to contend with too and it’s been a difficult place to go over the years so I would expect a tough game there again in 2019/20.”