Name: Hemel Hempstead Town FC (formerly Apsley End & Apsley FC)
Stadium: Vauxhall Road
Capacity: 3,152 (300 seated)
Last season: 12th in National League South
Gloucester City fans will have 21 new grounds to visit when they start their first season at National League South level on Saturday 5 August, among them is a trip to Hertfordshire to face Hemel Hempstead.
The Tudors were promoted to the second tier of non-league football at the end of the 2013/14 season.
After finishing mid-table last season, the club will be hoping they can push on this season.
Formed in 1885 as Apsley End, the club joined the West Herts League in 1891 before renaming themselves Apsley Football Club two years later. The club were founding members of the Hertfordshire Senior County League in 1898.
In their second season, the club won the Country League title. The Tudors then found themselves in the Western Division following a league split in 1901.
In 1922, Apsley left the Hertfordshire Senior County League to join Division Two of the Spartan League, where they were runners-up in their second season, whereupon a league reshuffle saw the placed in Division Two A. More reshuffling in 1930 saw them move into Division One, where they earned promotion through to the Premier Division in 1931/32. The club were relegated in their first season in the Premier Division, although they won the Division One title and League Cup to gain immediate promotion.
In 1938/39, Apsley reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, losing 2-1 to Bromley. In 1952, the club joined the Delphian League, before renaming themselves Hemel Hempstead Town in 1955. When the Delphian League dissolved in 1963, they followed most other Delphian League clubs in joining the new Division Two of the Athenian League.
In1971, the club merged with Hemel Hempstead United from the South Midlands League to form Hemel Hempstead Football Club. The new club remained in Town’s league, but moved to United’s Vauxhall Road ground. The club joined the Isthmian League system in 1977.
In 1999 the club was renamed Hemel Hempstead Town for a second time. They won Division Two of the Isthmian League in 2001/02 but were denied promotion due to their ground failing to meet the necessary criteria. They moved to Division One North and a sixth-place finish in 2003/04 was enough to secure promotion as the creation of the Conference North and South led to many clubs moving up the leagues. As such, they were transferred to the Southern League and placed in the Premier Division.
In 2006/07, the Tudors finished fifth in the Southern League Premier Division, where they lost 3-1 to Team Bath in the play-offs. They lost in the play-offs again in 2008/09, falling to a 4-3 penalty loss to Farnborough. Hempstead lost for a third time in 2012/13, losing 5-4 on penalties to Gosport Borough in the play-off final. The following season though, the club finally achieved promotion to the Conference South, winning the Premier Division title.
The Tigers first met Hemel Hempstead in the Southern League Premier in 2004, losing 2-3. Their most recent game came in the FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round in 2016, where Gloucester lost 2-0.
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