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Stat Attack: Notts County vs. Yeovil Town

Joe Jones

Back in April, the Glovers and the Magpies played out a 1-1 draw at Huish Park, with Curtis Thompson's 79th-minute strike cancelling out Haydn Hollis's 10th-minute own goal - the result relegated Yeovil that afternoon.

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

Five years later they were renamed Yeovil Casuals and started playing home games at the Pen Mill Athletic Ground.

In 1907 the name Yeovil Town was adopted, which on amalgamation with Petters United became Yeovil and Petters United. The name reverted to Yeovil Town prior to the 1946–47 season.

The Somerset outfit have spent most of their existence in the lower leagues, though they briefly made a name for themselves in the 1948-49 season when they beat Sunderland 2-1 in the FA Cup fourth round.

In the 1980s, Yeovil were founder members of the Football Conference, where they remained for the next two decades, save for a few relegations to the Isthmian League which usually resulted in an instant return to the above tier.

Yeovil Town earned promotion to the Football League in the 2002-03 season, by winning the Football Conference by a record 17 points margin, accumulating 95 points and scoring 100 goals, remaining unbeaten at Huish Park.

In their second ever season in the Football League, the Glovers went one better by achieving promotion to the third tier as champions of League Two, and in the following years even reached the League One playoffs, beating Nottingham Forest in the semi-finals in 2006-07 before losing to Blackpool in the final at Wembley.

Six years later, however, Yeovil achieved what had been deemed unthinkable a decade earlier - they reached the second tier of English football after beating Brentford in the 2013 League One play-off final.

Their stay in the Championship was brief, however, and they went on to suffer back-to-back relegations, leaving them in the bottom tier of the Football League.

Yeovil is a pretty small town, home to just 40,000 people - two Meadow Lanes could comfortably take in the entire population!

In the 21st century, Yeovil became the first town in Britain to institute a system of biometric fingerprint scanning in nightclubs, and the first English council to ban the children's craze Heelys (those trainers with wheels that popped out from the heels).


Jack Barmby and Roy Carroll return to the Notts County squad for the visit of Yeovil.

On-loan midfielder Barmby is fit again after missing the defeat to Plymouth last weekend, while goalkeeper Carroll is back from international duty with Northern Ireland.

Kyle De Silva has resumed training and was considered fit enough to play 10 minutes against Argyle, so he may be considered on Saturday.

Rob Milsom is edging closer to a return from a serious knee injury while Taylor McKenzie and Ronan Murray need minutes under their belts before they can be considered for first-team places.

Yeovil boss Paul Sturrock will be able to call on defender Connor Roberts after his loan spell from Swansea was extended by a further month this week.

However, midfielder Jake Howells, who like Roberts played in last weekend's 2-2 home draw with Dagenham & Redbridge, has returned to Luton following the end of his loan stint.

Sturrock must also do without injured sextet Kevin Dawson, Simon Gillett, Ben Tozer, Jack Compton, Omar Sowunmi and Jamie Burrows once again.

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