Harrogate Town v Darlington

Monday 1st January 2018, 3pm
Vanarama Conference North

Harrogate Town FC:
CNG Stadium, Wetherby Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 7SA
Tel: 01423 210600; Twitter: @HarrogateTown

History: Formed in 1914 but due to the war it was 1919 before they played their first match. Early years included winning the Yorkshire League championship in 1927, but the old club folded in the early 1930s before being re-formed as Harrogate Hotspurs and finally renamed Town. After many seasons back in the Yorkshire League, the club joined the new Northern Counties East Football League in 1982 and Northern League Div One five years later. They won promotion to the Premier Division in 2001-02 after finishing as champions and the following season also reached the FA Cup 1st round for the first time. Town became founders of the new Conference North in 2004. In 2010, they finished bottom but were reprieved from relegation after Northwich were demoted due to financial problems. The club has father and son Irving and Simon Weaver as chairman and manager, who have overseen stadium redevelopment off the pitch and thriving performances on it - although last season could not match the previous season's highest ever position in the non-league pyramid of 4th. The club's ambition was further reflected in the decision to go full-time for this season, with an influx of new players.
Record Attendance:
Capacity: 3,800 (500 seated)
Last season: 11th
Honours: Northern Premier Div One champions 2001-02, Div 1 Cup winners 1989-90; Yorkshire League champions 1926-27 and Div 2 champions 1981-82

Record victory:
Colours: Yellow and black
Manager: Simon Weaver
Chairman: Irving Weaver

Famous fans/players/connections:

Click here for streetmaps of the Harrogate Town ground

Admission prices (2017/18) Adults 13 (standing), 14 (seats); OAP/Forces/DLA concessions 9 (standing), 10 (seats); youth (u18) 4 (standing), 5 (seats)

From the North (A1). Distance from Darlington 49 miles (an hour). After 40 miles take junction 47 of the A1M on the A59 exit to York/Knaresborough/Harrogate Airport and continue on the A59. Follow the signs to Harrogate and the A661. The ground is on the right as you come into town on the A661.

Parking: Limited parking on the streets around the ground - Wayside Crescent and St Nicholas Road. The ground is a 20 minute walk from the town centre (1 mile). There is a map of town centre car parks here


Darlington FC Supporters' Club
Coach 12.30pm ; fare: 10. Contact: Darlington FC Supporters Group, call 01325 250531 or 07951 434731 to book a seat. Details of the supporters' group travel can be found here.

Town Taxis 01423 505050
Blue Line Cars 01423 530830
Central Radio Cars 01423 505050
Yellowline Taxis 01423 521531
Elite Taxis: 01423 538509

It takes around 25 minutes to walk from Harrogate railway station (1.1 miles). Trains from York are every hour and the journey takes approximately 30 minutes.

There are buses to the ground too. The 770 and the 771 TransDev bus services operate every 30 minutes between Harrogate bus station (station Parade nr Cambridge Street) and the CNG Stadium. The journey takes about six minutes.

The official site is pretty good, with a guide for first time visitors. Harrogate is a North Yorkshire spa town and a nice place to visit - now something of a local derby for Darlo.

Harrogate Advertiser Harrogate Info

At the ground:

1919 Bar
The 1919 Clubhouse is open at 12pm and should welcome away fans.

Real ale near ground/town centre:

You're a bit spoilt coming for a drink here as there are a good number of real ale places, but we're only mentioning a few as most DAFTS will probably not get much beyond the station...need to check times as it is New Year's Day.

Harrogate Tap, Station Parade, Harrogate, HG1 1TE
One of the indie real ale chain of station pubs, which opened in old refreshment rooms. As you'd expect, 12 handpumps, real cider, comfy chairs. Open from 10am on a Saturday but check for New Year's Day. DAFTS recommended.

Swan On The Stray, 17 Devonshire Place, Harrogate HG1 4AA
This is a straight road to the ground - eight real ales, mostly local beers too, with foreign beers also available. Open from 12 noon.

The Old Bell Tavern, 6 Royal Parade, Harrogate HG1 2SZ is another town centre option. Eight real ales, open from 12pm, also does lunches.

Major Tom's Social, The Ginnel, Harrogate, HG1 2RB
Upstairs in an old town centre antiques place, this is an arty cafe-bar style venue which does four real ales and pizza.

The Winter Gardens, Royal Baths, Parliament Street, Harrogate HG1 2RR
A town centre Wetherpoons.