It’s always exciting for football fans when the fixtures are released ahead of a new season – in fact, club legend Terry Skiverton once declared that it should be made a national holiday – and this year is no different. Ahead of Yeovil’s second season in League Two, we take a look at some of the stand-out games from this morning’s announcement.
First game: Notts County at home (Saturday, August 6th)
Despite speculation and rumour about a possible trip away to Doncaster on the opening day, Yeovil’s first match will be at home to Notts County. Last season, the Glovers beat County in Somerset thanks to a Francois Zoko header, and the green and white faithful will be hoping for a repeat of that game now that the veteran striker has signed a one-year contract extension.
Non-league rivals: Doncaster Rovers away (Saturday, August 17th)
Despite us not being given a trip to Donny on the opening day as the “leaked” fixture list predicted, we still get to visit Yorkshire within the first month of the season. Within the past five years, Doncaster vs Yeovil has been a fixture in League One, the Championship, League One again and now League Two. However, the most memorable meeting came when the Glovers were crowned Conference champions after a 4 – 0 win away at the Belle Vue.
A legend returns: Cheltenham Town at home (Saturday, September 24th)
This match would have been one for Yeovil supporters to look out for purely for the fact that it’s a local(ish) derby and newly-promoted Cheltenham Town are sure to bring plenty of fans down to Huish Park. To make the fixture even more exciting, it will mark the first time manager Gary Johnson has returned to Somerset following his second departure from Yeovil Town in 2015. The last time Johnson returned after leaving the Glovers, his Bristol City side were beaten 2 – 1 thanks to goals from Arron Davies and Wayne Gray.
Battle of the green armies: Plymouth Argyle away (Saturday, October 1st)
After beating Portsmouth in the League Two Play-off Semi-Finals, you would have been forgiven for thinking that we might not be getting the chance to travel to Plymouth this year, but a disappointing Wembley loss will see the Pilgrims remain in the Football League’s basement division for another season. Our trips to Home Park usually see both sets of fans create a competition to see who can chant “Green army” the loudest (you can guess who normally wins!), and hopefully the travelling Yeovil fans will do the same this year.
Who are ya?: Grimsby Town at home (Saturday, October 29th)
Grimsby Town were promoted from the Conference last season thanks to a Play-off Final win against Forest Green Rovers. Although Forest Green would arguably have been the more desirable opponents for Yeovil Town, a match against the Mariners presents a chance for the Glovers to play against a team that they have never really met before. The two sides have only played each other in league matches twice, and that was over a decade ago. The last home match saw Lee Johnson and Bartosz Tarachulski secure a 2 – 1 win.
One for the true supporters: Carlisle United away (Saturday, December 17th)
Right then, who’s brave enough to attempt this one? Yeovil’s longest trip will be to Cumbria to take on Carlisle United… in the middle of December no less! However, at least it’s not on a Tuesday night, and if you do make the trip then you’ll be able to boo Jabo Ibehre as a reward. It will also give Glovers fans a chance to see Yeovil play Carlisle at Brunton Park, after last year’s FA Cup tie was switched to Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road due to flooding.
A Boxing Day belter: Exeter City at home (Monday, December 26th)
With Bristol Rovers being promoted to League One last season, Exeter City can now be considered our strongest rivals. That fact, along with a track record that shows many entertaining previous games, makes this season’s Boxing Day encounter shape up to be one to look forward to.
Glovers go to Gloucestershire: Cheltenham Town away (Saturday, February 18th)
While this season’s home tie against the Robins will be billed as Sir Gary’s return, the return fixture offers Yeovil fans a chance to make the relatively short trip to Whaddon Road. Cheltenham’s ground is a compact one and there’s the potential to create a good atmosphere if the Glovers travel in numbers. The last time Yeovil played there, they lost 1 – 0 to an already relegated Cheltenham towards the end of the 2008/09 campaign.
Getting off at Fratton: Portsmouth away (Saturday, April 8th)
Portsmouth fell from grace a while ago now – the last time Pompey were in the Premiership was 2010 – but the chance to go to Fratton Park is still one that won’t be missed by many Town fans. Consistently topping the attendance table and well known for having the loudest fans in the league, the Glovers will have their work cut out for them to out-sing the Pompey faithful.
Ending in Essex: Colchester United away (Saturday, May 6th)
Yeovil Town will play their final game of the 2016/17 season against Colchester United at the aptly named Colchester Community Stadium. The U’s were relegated from League One last season and will be hoping to bounce back at the first attempt, so this game could be a title decider between Colchester and the Glovers. Well, we can dream!
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