Ten years ago, the Glovers beat now Premier League sides Sheffield United, then Brentford at Wembley to reach the Championship. Yeovil Town were punching above their weight back then, but the steady rise up the Football League was deserved. Now the Somerset club have fallen back to the depths they were last at in 1997, when the Isthmian Premier was a step two division. Scoring goals was the major problem for the Glovers last season, they only managed thirty-five, ten fewer than the next worst team. At the other end they had the ninth best defence, which resulted in too many draws, nineteen in total and more than any other club. Only seven wins were recorded, including just one on the road, if only those draws were turned into victories.
National League: 22nd
F.A Cup: 4th Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy: 3rd Round
County Cup: Quarter-Final
Top League Scorer: Malachi Linton & Alex Fisher (5 goals)
Manager – Mark Cooper
Well travelled around these shores as a player and manager, Cooper started life in the dugout almost twenty years ago. F.A Cup runs at Tamworth and Kettering Town put his name out there and with the Poppies he won the National North before a short spell at Peterborough United. At Darlington Cooper won the F.A Trophy, then two years later he managed Swindon Town and Notts County in the Football League. Five years at Forest Green Rovers included a historic promotion to League Two via the playoffs. He was at Barrow prior his appointment as Yeovil Town boss in October.
The Glovers welcome back Rhys Murphy after a spell with Southend United. Yeovil Town have also signed the experienced Frank Nouble from Torquay United and taken Will Buse, Josh Owers, Olly Thomas and Zac Bell from Bristol City. Alex Whittle moves south from York City and Jake Hyde arrives from National League champions Wrexham. Jake Wannell remains in the National South switching from Taunton Town as does Jamie Sendles-White from Welling United, whilst Lewis Williams makes the step up from Tiverton Town. Sonny Blu Lo-Everton has also joined the Glovers from Derby County.
|Transfers In||Transfers Out|
|Jamie Sendles-White (Welling United)||Grant Smith (Bromley)|
|Rhys Murphy (Southend United)||Max Hunt (Buxton)|
|Josh Owers (Bristol City)||Chiori Johnson|
|Zac Bell (Bristol City)||Lawson D’Ath (Banbury United)|
|Will Buse (Bristol City)||Ollie Hulbert (Barry Town)|
|Olly Thomas (Bristol City)||Zanda Siziba (York City)|
|Frank Nouble (Torquay United)||Callum Harriott (York City)|
|Alex Whittle (York City)||
Charlie Wakefield (Woking)
|Jake Hyde (Wrexham)||Jamie Reckord (Gloucester City)|
|Lewis Williams (Tiverton Town)||Ben Richards-Everton|
|Jake Wannell (Taunton Town)||Max Evans|
|Sonny Blu Lo-Everton (Derby County)||Toby Stephens|
Head to Head
Dartford wins: 23 / Yeovil Town wins: 30 / Draws: 32
Dartford 1 – 2 Yeovil Town (13/01/1990 – F.A Trophy)
Dartford 1 – 1 Yeovil Town (23/02/1985 – National League)
Yeovil Town 2 – 2 Dartford (22/12/1984 – National League)
Yeovil Town 0 – 1 Dartford (12/09/1984 – Bob Lord Trophy)
Dartford 1 – 3 Yeovil Town (04/09/1984 – Bob Lord Trophy)
Yeovil Town 1 – 1 Dartford (24/02/1984 – National League)
Dartford v Yeovil Town – Saturday 4th November 2023
Yeovil Town v Dartford – Saturday 13th April 2024
- It’s been 38 years since the last league meeting between Dartford and Yeovil Town and four of the last five league matches have been drawn.
- The Darts have lost just one in the last seven home league games against the Glovers (W2, D4). The last home win was in December 1981 when Dartford won 5-0 in the National League.
- Dartford’s last away win in the league was 60 years ago, a 2-0 Southern Premier League victory in 1963, a run of 13 winless away league matches versus Yeovil Town (D5, L8)