September at Plainmoor kicks off this weekend with the visit of one of last season’s surprise packages, as Harrogate Town make the long journey south to the English Riviera.
Who’s The Boss?
41 year-old Simon Weaver recently celebrated an astonishing decade as Town’s manager, having been appointed player/boss in May 2009. Having begun his career as a youngster at Sheffield Wednesday, Weaver went onto represent a number of league clubs, such as Lincoln and Macclesfield, before continuing his playing career in non-league football. Almost continuous improvement has been secured since Weaver took charge at Wetherby Road, with the club rising to the pinnacle of non-league football in 2018.
How Have They Been Doing?
Harrogate defied the odds throughout the 2018/19 campaign, as the unfancied National League new boys surpassed all expectations on their way to a magnificent 6th placed finish. Although the 3-1 defeat at the hands of AFC Fylde in the play-off eliminator put paid to their Football League hopes, a 0-0 away draw against the same opponents on Bank Holiday Monday shows that Weaver’s men are learning quickly. A 2-0 victory over Chorley on Tuesday saw Town rise to 13th place in the division, two places below United.
Player To Watch
Veteran striker Jon Stead joined the club last June, after a goal-laden career in the Premier League and EFL. After displaying his goalscoring skills the likes of Huddersfield Town, Blackburn Rovers and Ipswich, the former England U21 man thought he had opened his account for his new club in the recent goalless draw with Flyde, only for a linesman’s flag to intervene.
Played For Both
Midfielder Lloyd Kerry enjoyed a successful spell in a United shirt, during a seven-game loan stint from parent club, Sheffield United during the 2006/07 season. After making his Football League debut for The Gulls and scoring one goal, Kerry spent two years with Chesterfield before dropping into non-league with Hinckley United, prior to his move to Town in June 2014.
Both sides have enjoyed FA Cup 1st round victories at the other side’s expense in recent times. Andy Marriott’s penalty kick heroics earned United an away replay victory back in 2005, whilst Chib Chilaka’s goal at Plainmoor was enough to see off Martin Ling’s side seven years later.
Torquay United Vs Harrogate Town | Plainmoor, TQ1 3PS | 07/09/19 3pm KO | Tickets are available until 9am Friday here. Tickets can then be purchased over the phone on 01803 328666 or in person from the Main Club Reception. Access can also be gained via the turnstiles on the day of the match.