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SKY BET LEAGUE TWO PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN

29 July 2018

To conclude our look at the sides who will be facing This Silkmen this season, we take a look at Yeovil Town.

So here's everything you need to know about The Glovers

History 

Yeovil Football Club was founded in 1890 and shared their ground with the local rugby club for many years. 

The club's early rise to national attention came as 'giant-killers' during the 1948–49 FA Cup, in which they defeated Sunderland 2–1 in the Fourth Round in front of a record home attendance of 17,000. 

Between 1955 and 1973 they were champions of the Southern Football League three times, and runners-up twice. In 1979 the Glovers were founder members of the new national non-league division - now named the Football Conference.

However, it wasn't long before they were relegated back to the Isthmian League.

Their time in the Isthmian League lasted only three years, as Yeovil returned to the fifth tier in 1988.

Yeovil's first period of real success came under Gary Johnson who took over as manager in June 2001. The Glovers won the FA Trophy in his first season in charge, with a 2–0 victory over Stevenage Borough at Villa Park – the club's first major trophy.

Success didn't stop there as Johnson's side earned promotion to the Football League the following season, by winning the Football Conference by a record 17 points margin - accumulating 95 points and scoring 100 goals, along the way.

The Glovers finished their debut season in the Football League in a respectable eighth position and reached the Third Round of the FA Cup before losing 2–0 at home to Liverpool.

The following season saw Yeovil finished as champions of League Two with 83 points - earning promotion to League One.

Despite more silverware for the Glovers, the club was sold by Jon Goddard-Watts to David Webb, who took over the role of Chief Executive from Chairman John Fry.

19 May 2013 remarks the biggest day in the club's history, as Yeovil defeated Brentford 2–1 in the League One Play-Off final at Wembley to reach the Championship for the first time in their history.

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

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

Last Season

The 2017–18 season was the fifteenth season in the Football League for the Glovers and the 3rd consecutive season in the fourth tier of English football.

Manager Darren Way underwent his second season in charge at Huish Park and Yeovil's campaign got off to the worst possible start as Town lost their opening fixture away at Luton Town to an embarrassing scoreline of 8-2 - the biggest ever opening day win in the Football League.

The club's league season had few high points as they spent all but one week of the season in the lower half of the table - the Glovers did however secure their record away victory in the Football League in April with a 6–2 win at Coventry City.

Despite a season fairly adrift of any relegation threat, safety was confirmed with two matches to spare as Yeovil finished the season in 19th place.

François Zoko finished as the Glovers top scorer after firing 15 goals in 42 appearances at Huish Park, with the Ivory Coast forward looking to improve on that tally next season.

Considering it wasn't that long ago the Glovers were playing Championship football, Way and his players will be hoping to climb the League Two table and remind the fans that there is still much to be hopeful about as the new season gets underway.

Head to Head

Macclesfield wins: 3 

Games Drawn: 2

Yeovil wins: 1

How to get there 

Huish Park Stadium, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8YF​

By Car: Brown directional signs are provided from all the major routes for both home and away fans. Home and away supporters traffic is split at the roundabout at the bottom of Western Avenue and Lufton Way (ASDA Roundabout). Home fans are directed via the Western Avenue to the stadium and visiting fans (including coaches) via Lufton Way to the stadium.

By Train: Yeovil has two railway stations, Yeovil Pen Mill which links with trains from Bristol and Birmingham, and Yeovil Junction which has a regular service from London Waterloo and Exeter.

Both stations are about three miles from Huish Park and unless you love walking, a taxi to the ground would be advisable. Taxis are always available at both stations.


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