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Stat Attack: Yeovil Town vs. Notts County, 12 March 2016

Joe Jones

Notts County and Yeovil Town have only met 12 times over the years. The first game took place at Meadow Lane on 4 November 1961, with the Magpies beating their opponents 4-2 in the FA Cup.

That was the only meeting of the two pre-21st century - the 11 meetings following that game all took place between 2004 and 2015.

The last game took place earlier this season on 17 October 2015, with Ricardo Moniz's side triumphing 2-0 at Meadow Lane.

The record stands evenly poised for both sides at 5 wins, 5 defeats and 2 draws.

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).


Yeovil host Notts at Huish Park on the back of three wins and an unbeaten run that stretches to five games, with four clean sheets along the way for good measure. The Magpies, in contrast, have not won in five and have also lost four of those.

On-loan Scunthorpe United defender Andrew Boyce is expected to go straight into the squad for Saturday's trip to Yeovil, after his loan move was finally completed midweek. His arrival should allow Elliott Hewitt to move back to right-back.

The only long-term Magpies absentee is Will Hayhurst, who is on the mend from a cruciate ligament injury.

Darren Way has no new injury concerns going into the game with long-term absentees Wes Fogden, Jordan Gibbons and Omar Sowunmi the only ones out. Meanwhile Jack Compton and Liam Walsh have been back in training this week and could well make the squad.

Leroy Lita is also in line for his debut after signing on a free transfer until the end of the season last week.

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