Harrogate Town: Club Profile
For the first time in their history, Harrogate Town gained promotion to the Football League in summer 2020. It had been quite a rise for Town; coming up from National League North just two years before after 13 years at that level. It was only in 2017 that they’d turned full-time too; losing a lot of players at the end of the 2016-7 campaign due to that decision.
Town have three birth dates it seems; the first of which was in 1914. The First World War meant that didn’t happen, so a second launch took place in 1919. This version of the club lasted until 1932; the former Yorkshire League champions disbanded. So, it wasn’t until 1935 when the club came back from the cold. First they were called Harrogate Hotspurs, then Harrogate Town after the Second World War. We prefer the first name.
The path from the Yorkshire League, through the Northern Counties League and onto the Northern Premier League is a steady one. Mainly ups to report – but some downs too. In reaching League Two in 2020, Town will be hoping the upward trend pushes on and that those downs (the last of which is 1988) are very much a thing of the past.
Harrogate Town: Record vs Boro'
* league points only
Harrogate Town: Result-by-Result (Boro' Scoring First)No competitive meetings
Harrogate Town Ground Information
Away Fans’ Stand
Facilities for Disabled Fans
The club’s own 1919 Bar is unlikely to let in away fans nowadays, so you’ll have to look a little further afield. The Woodlands Hotel is a short way back down the A661, while you’ll find The Empress up the A661 and set back from the roundabout. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, the town centre isn’t that far away.
Harrogate Town Travel Information – Distance: 172 miles
You’d be surprised at how simple this road trip is – even though it’s a bit long. Go north on the A1(M) and A1 up as far as Junction 45, which is signposted for the A659 to Wetherby (and Otley). Take the first exit at the roundabout and then, at the following roundabout in a mere 0.2 miles, take the second exit for the A168 in towards Wetherby.
On the edge of the town, you get to another roundabout. Take the second exit and head in towards the centre. Cross the Wharfe; taking a left at the mini-roundabout shortly after for the A661. Snake your way around on the A661 and continue on this for about 3.3 miles. At this point, you’ll be in Spofforth and a roundabout outside the Castle Inn.
Take the second exit at the roundabout to remain on the A661. At the next roundabout in a while (A658), continue straight across on the A661. This takes you into Harrogate; passing car dealers on the right and a Sainsbury’s on the left. Eventually, the ground is on the right too. If you emerge out into an expanse of greenery, you’ve now gone past it.
You won’t find any parking at the ground itself and many local streets have restrictions in place. That can make it a little tricky to find somewhere close. But it’s not impossible.
Other options include Kingswood Surgery on Wetherby Road, which operates on a first-come, first-served basis and costs £5 per car. If you want to park at the nearby Cedar Court Hotel, you’ll have to enter your vehicle and card details at reception.
If all else fails, there are always the town centre car parks.
Services to: LEEDS
You can get a direct train from London to Harrogate – but it doesn’t stop at Stevenage. It only runs once or twice a day too. So, you’ll have to switch at Leeds – like it or not. That, in itself, isn’t too challenging.
From Harrogate station, the shortest walk is roughly a mile. But it rests on how much you wish to make use of the town centre’s facilities. To go straight to the ground, come out of the main entrance of the station (you’ll likely be arriving on this side anyway). Turn left and then left again adjacent to an Everyman cinema.
This takes you over the railway and towards an Odeon cinema. At the Odeon, keep going straight on for Station Avenue and keep going. You’ll get to Knaresborough Road; running through the leafy expanse of The Stray. Go left here if you’re calling at The Empress. Else, just go straight across in a diagonal line towards Wetherby Road.
You’re essentially cutting off the corner that is created by the roundabout to your left. At Wetherby Road, turn right and cross over for the station.