Yeovil Town will play AFC Fylde for the first time in the club's history during the 2019-20 season. The Lancashire club were defeated in the National League Play-Off Final this afternoon, with Salford City being promoted to the Football League for the first time, winning the match by a 3-0 scoreline. Goals from Emmanuel Dieseruvwe, Carl Piergianni and Ibou Touray gave Salford their fourth promotion in five seasons, with that rise being sparked by their 2014 takeover that saw Singapore businessman Peter Lim take a 40 percent share in the club, joined by five former Manchester United players in Gary and Phil Neville, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs, with a sixth in David Beckham taking a 10 percent stake in January 2019.
AFC Fylde have had plenty of recent success as well. Back in 2007 they were known as Kirkham and Wesham, and were in the West Lancashire League, where they won the league title seven times in eight years but without being able to obtain promotion. In 2007-08 they switched to the North West Counties League and won the FA Vase, before renaming themselves as AFC Fylde, after the coastal plain in Lancashire that Wesham lies in - midway between Preston and Blackpool.
Under the new name they've been North West Counties League Champions (2008-09), Northern Premier League Division One North Champions (2011-12), Northern Premier League Play-Off Winners (2013-14) and National League North Champions (2016-17). This was their second season in the National League main division, finishing 7th and then 5th this year.
Given their location, in a town of just 3,584 (nearby Kirkham had a population of 7,194 in the same 2011 Census), they are a northern version of Forest Green Rovers - a 'village' side backed by a wealthy owner. Chairman David Haythornthwaite has made his money in the veterinary industry under the Tangerine Group which is based in Lytham St Annes. They also own the Mill Farm Sports Village, an £18 million entertainment complex which includes the 6,000 capacity Mill Farm football ground. This stadium is brand new, having only been opened in August 2016. This season they drew an average of 1,650 spectators to the ground.
For Saturday afternoon's trip to Wembley, neither side could draw a particularly impressive crowd. Just 8,049 travelled south to Wembley Stadium - an unfortunate scenario born out of both finalists being relatively new to this level of football, and with the National League Semi-Finals being played only last weekend, leaving fans just six days to buy their tickets and make their travel plans.
Relegated To The National League: Notts County and Yeovil Town
Play-Off Losers: AFC Fylde, Solihull Moors, Wrexham, Harrogate Town, Eastleigh
Other National League Clubs: Ebbsfleet United, Gateshead, Sutton United, Barrow, Bromley, Barnet, Dover Athletic, Chesterfield, Halifax Town, Hartlepool United, Dagenham and Redbridge, Maidenhead United, Boreham Wood.
National League South Champions: Torquay United.
National League South Play-Off Final: Woking vs Welling United (Sunday 12th May).
National League North Champions: Stockport County.
National League North Play-Off Final: Chorley vs Spennymoor Town (Sunday 12th May).
AFC Fylde's Mill Farm stadium, opened in 2016
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