As we continue our look around the league, another team that plays in yellow and black is next on the list: Harrogate Town.\r\n\r\nThe club was founded as Harrogate AFC in 1914. Previously the town of Harrogate had tried to put together a football team as far back as 1907 but nothing emerged until 1914.\r\n\r\nThey were entered into the Northern League upon their year of founding, and were set to play their home fixtures at the County Ground. However, due to the First World War all fixtures were postponed.\r\n\r\nAfter the First World War ended, a meeting was held around the idea of putting the club back together. A man named Robert Ackrill Breare instigated this, and he later became the Secretary of the club. Harrogate were entered into the West Riding League.\r\n\r\nHaving disbanded in 1932, the town’s club was brought back in 1935 as Harrogate Hotspurs. It was only until after the Second World War that the club was named Harrogate Town.\r\n\r\nThey spent many years in the Yorkshire Leagues during the 1960s and 1970s, and then became a founding member of the new Northern Counties East Football League in 1982.\r\n\r\nAfter a West Riding County Cup win in 1986, and five seasons in the Northern Counties East League, they became founding members of the Northern Premier League First Division in 1987/88, after having been invited to join the new league.\r\n\r\nIn 1990 the club became a Limited Company to fund the construction of a new main stand, and in the same year the club won the Northern Premier League First Division Cup.\r\n\r\nThey would spend fifteen seasons in this league, and on two occasions the club only narrowly avoided relegation back to the Northern Counties East League. However, they won promotion to the Premier Division in 2001/02 after finishing as champions.\r\n\r\nAfter finishing fifth in the Premier Division in 2003/04, the club became founders of the newly established Conference North in 2004. At the end of the season the club finished fifth and qualified for the promotion play-offs, but lost 1–0 to eventual winners Stafford Rangers.\r\n\r\nAt the end of the 2009–10 season the club finished bottom of the Conference North and were due to be relegated. However, after Northwich Victoria were demoted due to financial problems, the club were reprieved.\r\n\r\nIt was another relegation dogfight in 2011/12 with Harrogate surviving on the last day thanks to a 4-0 win against Corby Town. Last season was more successful however, as they reached the play-offs but fell at the first hurdle, losing to AFC Fylde.\r\n\r\nHarrogate will look to go one step further this season and are hopeful of the new artificial pitch at the CNG Stadium playing its role in that.\r\n\r\nDespite losing top goalscorer Brendon Daniels in the summer to AFC Fylde, Harrogate have ample firepower to replace him, with Chib Chilaka re-signing after a prolific three seasons at Bradford Park Avenue.\r\n\r\nAlso joining from Avenue is experienced National League North defender Simon Ainge, who captained BPA before swapping Horsfall for the CNG stadium.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers most notable previous encounter against Town came when City ran out 5-2 winners in 2013/14, with Joe Parker scoring a superb hat-trick.\r\n\r\nCity haven’t been that successful all too often though, with only three other victories to their name. Hopefully the Tigers can add two more to the list this season, though.
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