Boro’ have taken on their fair share of opponents down the years and some of those teams have simply been no more than passing acquaintances, while there are others that have become – well – annoyingly familiar. For all the many times we’ve faced teams like Woking, there have been rare match-ups too. So, we’re asking, where do Yeovil Town stand in the grand scheme of things?
Yeovil Town: Us And Them
Yeovil Town – there’s something about the Glovers that puts us on edge. We’re not entirely sure why, but it’s probably down to the fact that our record against them leaves a bit to be desired. If it’s not Carl Alford in the 2002 FA Trophy final, it is Ben Tozer in the 2015-6 FA Cup Second Round. On the flip side, there’s always the magical moment that Patrick Agyemang broke his Boro’ duck in a remarkable six-goal romp at Huish Park in 2012.
More often than not, however, we’ve been on the receiving end. A total of 26 games between them and us have been played out – a tally that puts Yeovil up there as one of our most familiar foes. With six wins to our name, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that 20 matches didn’t go our way. Maybe we’re building this up into a bigger scare story than it is – after all, 11 draws means a balance of power that’s near enough straight down the line…
By the time the Glovers were catapulted into the hallowed lands of the Football League in 2003, it was about bloody time. It was a Conference title that was three seasons in the making; Boston United and Rushden Anne Diamonds holding them off in 2001 and 2002 respectively. And so the Yeovil stock continued to go up. Inside two years, the club were kings of League Two and – a decade after the Conference title – went up to the Championship.
The second tier was the undoubted high in the long history of Yeovil Town – although a famous FA Cup win over Sunderland back in 1948-9 runs it close. The Glovers were first established in 1890 and had a few different names about the gaff, until Yeovil Town was settled upon in 1946. In 1979, the club ended a 50-odd-year stay in the Southern League in becoming founder members of the Conference, with a few bumps in the road in the 1980s and 1990s.
Now? Well, it had seemed as if the Somerset side‘s time in the League was coming to an end for half of the 2015-6 campaign. And yet the club surged in the second half of the season, staving off the threat of what would have been a third straight relegation. The prospects for the club? After stabilising those fortunes, a couple of seasons in League Two seems most likely. And after that? Who knows – they’ve never been short on ambition.
Mind you, they still like to call us DCBs. So, nurrr to them.
BoroGuide’s Yeovil Town club profile – for old time’s sake…
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