Yate Town F.C.

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Yate Town
Yate Town F.C.png
Full name Yate Town Association Football Club
Nickname(s) The Bluebells
Founded 1906 (as Yate Rovers)
1946 (as Yate YMCA)
Ground Lodge Road[1][2]
Ground Capacity 2,300 – 236 seated
Chairman Colin Pick
Manager Paul Britton
League Southern League Division One South
2017–18 Southern League Division One West, 14th of 22

Yate Town Football Club is a football club based in Yate, Gloucestershire, England. They were established in 1906 as Yate Rovers and changed their name to Yate YMCA in 1946, becoming Yate Town in 1969. The first team play in the Southern Football League Division One South and West, at the eighth tier of the English football league system, and the reserves play in the Gloucestershire County League at the eleventh level. The club is affiliated to the Gloucestershire County FA.

History[edit]

Players warming up before a match at the team's Lodge Road ground

They were founder members of the Gloucestershire County League in 1968, moving to the Hellenic League in 1983. After two seasons in Division One, they were promoted to the Premier Division and after two mid-table seasons they won the Hellenic League title in two successive seasons, 1987–88 and 1988–89. The second championship secured them promotion to the Southern League, where they remained until 2000. In that year, they were relegated back to the Hellenic League for three seasons before being promoted back to the Southern League in 2003 where they remain to this day, playing their first season in back in Division One South & West level in 2009–10.

On 23 October 2012, Yate defeated Newport County A.F.C. (then Conference Premier leaders) 3–1 to qualify for the FA Cup for the first time in their history. The historic goals came from Tom Knighton, Scott Thomas and Matt Groves. Yate played Cheltenham Town in the first round of the competition on November 3/4 2012 losing 3–0. Alongside Slough Town, Yate were the lowest ranked team in the competition.[3]

In their days of playing in the FA Vase they did make the last 16 (fifth round) in 1992–93, and more recently made the last 64 (third round) of the FA Trophy in 2004–05.

Records[edit]

  • FA Cup best performance: 1st round – 2012–13
  • FA Trophy best performance: third round (last 64) replay – 2004–05
  • FA Vase best performance: fifth round – 1991–92

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yate Town". Pyramid Passion. David Bauckham. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "ESLD1SW Directory". Mangotsfield United F.C. Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "FA Cup: Newport County 1–3 Yate Town". BBC Sport. 23 October 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 

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Coordinates: 51°32′57.59″N 2°26′19.32″W / 51.5493306°N 2.4387000°W / 51.5493306; -2.4387000