The National League have confirmed the status of two of its clubs for the 2019-20 season. The circumstances affecting Gateshead off the field of play has resulted in their forced relegation to National League North. That has meant that Aldershot Town, who finished in 21st place in the National League top division have been given a reprieve and will form part of Yeovil Town's opponents for the coming season.
Gateshead had put in an appeal against sanctions issued against them after the failings of their former ownership caused them to be ejected from the Gateshead International Stadium, whilst players and staff went unpaid. Their new owners, backed by their Gateshead Soul Supporters Group, lodged an appeal to the Football Association. It would appear this has been partially successful in that they have now only been demoted one division, but results in them playing sixth tier football next season.
Aldershot, who have recently appointed Danny Searle as their new first team manager, will now keep their place in the division. Yeovil Town have not played competitively against the 1992 incarnation of the Shots, with the last match involving a team from Aldershot coming in the form of three FA Cup First Round ties during November 1955 against the club that existed between 1926 and 1992.
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