As we continue to look at the teams that will make up the National League next season, Simon Weaver's Harrogate Town will want to establish themselves in the National League following promotion from the North division last season.
Harrogate AFC were formed after the war in time for the 1919/20 season. In 1948, the club were renamed Harrogate Town. More recently, ‘Town’ announced at the end of the 2016/17 season that they were going to become a full-time professional club.
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The club were due to form ready for the 1914/15 season, however the Great War saw all fixtures cancelled. On Saturday 5th September, Harrogate were due to play at Bishop Auckland but sent a telegram two hours prior to kick-off saying they would not be coming because the majority of the team had joined the Regiments.
The trip to Harroagate on September 22 will be the first time the two sides have met in a competitive fixture, the reverse fixture will take place Friday, April 19, 2019.
Simon Weaver has been Town’s manager for ten seasons and is one of England’s longest serving football managers. His biggest achievements, alongside promotion to the National League last season, include a fourth-place finish in the National League North in 2015/16 and an FA Cup Second Round appearance in 2012/13.
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Forward Dominic Knowles notched 16 goals for Harrogate in the National Legaue North last season.
The former Burton Albion man will be key to Harrogate's goal scoring this coming season as nine goals in the final three games last term helped clinch promotion for the North Yorkshire side.
Wetherby Road (The CNG Stadium) has been home to Harrogate Town since their formation. In 2013, two new stands were constructed before a 3G pitch was laid in the summer of 2016.