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Up first in 2016/17: Yeovil Town

22 June 2016

We take a look at our opening day fixture against Yeovil Town at Huish Park...

Notts County have been handed a long trip to Yeovil on the first day of the 2016/17 EFL season. Here's the need-to-know information.

Nickname: The Glovers

Established: 1895 (As Yeovil Casuals)

Yeovil Population: 44,000 (approx)

Ground: Huish Park

From Yeovil is predominantly remembered for some classic 'giant killing' deeds in the FA Cup and the famous slope of the pitch. With the move to a new ground in 1990, that slope has gone, but the team have continued to impress. Generally the ground is a tidy looking one, in a pleasant setting, with lots of trees visible behind the stands. 

Both sides of the ground are similar looking stands and are of the same height. They are both cantilevered, covered single tiered stands that are all seated. Each stand has windshields to either side. The only differences between these stands, is that the Tamburino Stand has some executive boxes running across the back of it, plus the dug outs and players tunnel, whilst the Screwfix Community Stand has a press box suspended from beneath its roof and a small simple looking electric scoreboard. 

At one end is the medium sized Thatchers Gold Stand Terrace, which is covered and for home supporters and again has windshields to either side. Opposite is the Copse Road Terrace, which is given to away fans. This is smaller and uncovered. Oddly the steel work is in place at the back of this stand to incorporate more terrace space, but the concrete rows have so far not been added. Perched above the rear of this stand is a large electric scoreboard. The ground is completed with a set four modern floodlight pylons, one in each corner of the ground.

Getting To Huish Park: Traveling by road is realistically the only option, with trains from Nottingham taking over 5 hours to reach Yeovil with two changes. The stadium is quite far out of Yeovil itself.

The journey is 199 miles and takes 3 hours 31 minutes by car, and the easiest route involves using the M1, A42, M42 and M5.

Last Season: Yeovil had a mixed campaign last term, at one point looking like real threats for relegation before pulling clear of trouble towards the end of the season, keeping 5 clean sheets in 6 games. They ended up finishing 19th in League Two.

History of the Fixture: Notts have played Yeovil 13 times in our history, winning 6, losing 5 and drawing 2.

The majority of games played have been in League One, where we played them 8 times, losing just twice.

We first met back in 1961 in the FA cup, with the Magpies going down 4-2.

It then took 43 years for the two sides to meet again, a 1-2 victory for Notts County in League Two in 2004.

Last Meeting: Our last game against Yeovil is probably better forgotten. 3,588 fans saw former Notts man Francois Zoko score the only goal of the game to beat the Magpies 1-0. Scott Loach also saved a penalty from Zoko in this game, but Yeovil were not to be denied the victory.

Notably Played For Both: Leroy Lita, Francois Zoko, Scott Loach

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