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Harrogate Town Football Club
  • CNG Stadium
    North Yorkshire
    HG2 7SA
Harrogate Town prides itself in providing good old-fashioned football in Harrogate, with great values and an experience for the whole family: affordable, fun, exciting & safe! The CNG Stadium and facilities have been greatly improved over the last 3 years and can now offer the Harrogate community much more than a good match. New terraces provide cover for rainy days and help generate a great atmosphere. There are excellent catering facilities and food outlets as well as a fully refurbished club house, a great selection of beers and drinks as well as BT Sport. Being centrally located, it is a fantastic venue to come to if you fancy a good game and you will soon be able to buy your match tickets online.

Harrogate Town prides itself in providing good old-fashioned football and values, an experience for the whole family:  affordable, fun, exciting & safe!

The CNG Stadium and facilities have been greatly improved over the last 3 years and can  now offer the Harrogate community much more than a good match.  New terraces provide cover for rainy days and help generate a great atmosphere.

There are excellent catering facilities and food outlets as well as a fully refurbished club house, a great selection of beers and drinks as well as BT Sport. Being centrally located, it is a fantastic venue to come to if you fancy a good game and  you will soon be able to buy your match tickets online.

The club has excellent conference and event facilities, perfect for businesses and the community. Planned community events  include a Beer Festival, a Super 7’s Tournament involving ex pro-players and a number of Tribute Acts. 

This is also a great venue for weddings, christenings, naming ceremonies, birthdays, celebrations of life and much more.

The club’s community arm, Harrogate Town Community Foundation, is involved in supporting a number of community projects across the district.

  • Local community projects working with the Harrogate Brigantes Rotary Club
  • Working with the Harrogate Borough Council to support Dementia Forward and create a Dementia friendly environment across the district
  • Working with Harrogate Homeless Project & Lifeline Harrogate to support the homeless
  • Working in schools delivering leadership programmes and working with the students to build self esteem and develop life skills.

Other developments at the club include an educational link with Harrogate College, a new ladies team from September 2016 and even more sports camps during school half terms and the summer holidays.

Harrogate AFC was formed in 1914 and they were admitted into the  Northern League in 1914/15, unfortunately, due to the Great War, the games were postponed as many of the teams joined the Regiments.  In 1919,  the club joined the West Riding League, the first game was held at the Starbeck Lane Ground on the 30th Aug 1919 against Horsforth with a 1-0 victory for Harrogate.  Harrogate AFC played in the English Cup (now the FA Cup) and won the Whitworth Cup.  In 1920/21, Harrogate joined the, newly formed, Yorkshire League as well as still playing in the West Riding League.  It was also when they moved from Starbeck  Lane to the St Andrews Estate, it’s current location, which was known as Wetherby Lane.  In 1925, Harrogate won the West Riding County Challenge Cup at Elland Road, an event that was greatly celebrated.  In 1926/27, Harrogate AFC won the Yorkshire League Championship and the West Riding Cup again.  In 1931/32, the club disbanded.  In 1935, the Harrogate Hotspurs were founded, and played in the Harrogate League and West Riding County Amateur League.  After the Second World War, they played in the West Yorkshire League and changed their name to Harrogate Town in 1948.

Harrogate Town joined the Yorkshire League in 1957 and were runners up in 1962/3.  They won the County Cup in 1962/3 & again in 1973.  In 1981/2, the Northern Counties East League was formed, where Yorkshire and Midland leagues joined forces.  This was great news for Harrogate Town as it allowed non-league football to play other teams around the country like Dronfield from Nottinghamshire and Brigg from Lincolnshire.  The pyramid league football encouraged many clubs to enhance their grounds and in 1982, Harrogate town installed floodlights.  Harrogate Town spent many seasons in the UniBond League Division one, mainly due to lack of finances to pay for top class players.  Maurice Hammond was appointed Chairman in 1998 and  injected capital into the club.  In 2000, Bill Fotherby joined the club and in 2001/2, Harrogate Town became the Champions of UniBond Division One and  won the West Riding County Cup.  In 2002/3, we reached the FA Cup First Round and we won the West Riding Cup again.  By 2002/4 Harrogate Town secured a place in the newly formed Conference North Football League.  In 2004/5 we joined the Nationwide North season.

In 2008/9 Simon Weaver became the club’s manager and the club embarked on a journey and aspiration to improve the stadium, develop local young players and promote the club to new heights. Today we see a very different CNG Stadium to that of just a few years ago and the squad is reaching new levels in the league.

For a more detailed history of the club, please visit our website or for a more comprehensive read, please see Phil Harrison’s excellent book – Harrogate Town AFC “The Complete History

 

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