National League South

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National League South
Vanarama National League South.png
Founded 2004
Country England
Number of teams 22
Level on pyramid 6
Step 2 (National League System)
Promotion to National League
Relegation to Isthmian League Premier Division
Southern League Premier Division
Domestic cup(s) FA Cup
FA Trophy
Conference League Cup (defunct)
International cup(s) Europa League
(via FA Cup)
Current champions Maidenhead United
(2016–17)
Website National League
2017–18 season

The National League South, formerly Conference South (billed as The Vanarama National League South for sponsorship reasons[1]), is one of the second divisions of the National League in England, taking its place immediately below the top division National League. Along with National League North it is at the second level of the National League System, and at the sixth tier overall of the English football league system.

It was introduced in 2004 as part of a major restructuring of the National League System. The champion team each year is automatically promoted to the National League. A second promotion place goes to the winners of play-offs involving the teams finishing in second to seventh place (expanded from four to six teams in the 2017–18 season).[2] The three bottom clubs are relegated to Step 3 leagues.

For sponsorship reasons it has been known as Blue Square South (2007–2010), Blue Square Bet South (2010–2013), Skrill South (2013–2014)[3] and the Vanarama Conference South following a new three-year sponsorship deal announced in July 2014. From the start of the 2015–16 season, the league is known as the National League South.[4] The current champions are Maidenhead United.

Current member clubs, 2017–18

The current member club for the 2017–18 season are as follows:

The area covered by National League South is coloured in yellow. National League South teams also come from counties bordering National League North (purple).
Club Finishing position 2016–17
Bath City 9th
Bognor Regis Town 2nd in Isthmian League Premier Division (won play-offs)
Braintree Town 22nd in National League (relegated)
Chelmsford City 4th
Chippenham Town 1st in Southern League Premier Division
Concord Rangers 18th
Dartford 3rd
Eastbourne Borough 11th
East Thurrock United 13th
Gloucester City 10th in National League North (transferred)
Hampton & Richmond Borough 7th
Havant & Waterlooville 1st in Isthmian League Premier Division
Hemel Hempstead Town 12th
Hungerford Town 6th
Oxford City 14th
Poole Town 5th
St Albans City 10th
Truro City 19th
Wealdstone 8th
Welling United 16th
Weston-super-Mare 15th
Whitehawk 17th

Current league stadia 2017–18

Locations of the National League South 2017–18 teams (Greater London clubs)

The stadiums of all teams in the league for the 2017–18 season are listed below in capacity order:

Home Club Stadium Name Capacity
Bath City Twerton Park 8,840
Havant & Waterlooville West Leigh Park 5,250
Bognor Regis Town Nyewood Lane 4,500
St Albans City Clarence Park 4,500
Eastbourne Borough Priory Lane 4,134
Dartford Princes Park 4,100
Braintree Town Cressing Road 4,085
East Thurrock United Rookery Hill 4,000
Welling United Park View Road 4,000
Truro City Treyew Road 3,500
Hampton & Richmond Beveree 3,500
Weston-super-Mare Woodspring Stadium 3,500
Concord Rangers Thames Road 3,300
Hemel Hempstead Town Vauxhall Road 3,152
Chelmsford City Melbourne Stadium 3,065
Chippenham Town Hardenhuish Park 3,000
Gloucester City Spiers and Hartwell Jubilee Stadium
(groundshare with Evesham United)
3,000
Wealdstone The Vale 2,640
Oxford City Court Place Farm 2,500
Poole Town Tatnam Ground 2,000
Whitehawk The Enclosed Ground 2,000
Hungerford Town Bulpit Lane 1,500

League winners

Conference South trophy
Season Winner Playoff Winner
2004–05 Grays Athletic Eastbourne Borough **
2005–06 Weymouth St Albans City
2006–07 Histon Salisbury City
2007–08 Lewes Eastbourne Borough
2008–09 AFC Wimbledon Hayes & Yeading United
2009–10 Newport County Bath City
2010–11 Braintree Town Ebbsfleet United
2011–12 Woking Dartford
2012–13 Welling United Salisbury City
2013–14 Eastleigh Dover Athletic
2014–15 Bromley Boreham Wood
2015–16 Sutton United Maidstone United
2016–17 Maidenhead United Ebbsfleet United

** Not promoted. In 2004–05 only three promotion places were available to the Conference National. The third place was decided in a Playoff at Stoke's Britannia Stadium, which Eastbourne lost 2–1 to the Conference North Playoff winners, Altrincham.

League records

Biggest home win 8 – Maidenhead United 8 Truro City 0, 8 September 2012,

Ebbsfleet United 8 Bishops Stortford 0, 21 March 2017

Biggest away win 7 – Dorchester Town 0 Grays Athletic 7, 23 October 2004
Highest scoring match 11 – Bognor Regis Town 6 Welling United 5, 11 September 2004
Bath City 7 Farnborough 4, 17 February 2015
Consecutive wins 12 – Welling United, 2012–13
Consecutive games unbeaten 25 – Sutton United, 2015–16
Most wins in a season 32 – Newport County 2009–10
Fewest wins in a season 5 – Sutton United 2007–08
Fisher Athletic 2008–09
Weston-super-Mare & Weymouth 2009–10
Thurrock 2011–12
Most defeats in a season 34 – Fisher Athletic 2008–09
Fewest defeats in a season 3 – Newport County 2009–10
Most draws in a season 17 – Welling United 2005–06
Lewes 2006–07
Braintree Town 2009–10
Boreham Wood 2012–13
Wealdstone 2015–16
Fewest draws in a season 3 – Redbridge 2004–05
Eastleigh 2005–06
Fisher Athletic 2008–09
Most goals scored in a season 118 – Grays Athletic, 2004–05
Fewest goals scored in a season 22 – Fisher Athletic 2008–09
Most goals conceded in a season 103 – Weymouth 2009–10
Fewest goals conceded in a season 26 – Newport County, 2009–10
Most clean sheets in a season 23 – Newport County 2009–10
Most points in a season 103 – Newport County 2009–10
Most individual goals in a season 44 – Dave Tarpey, Maidenhead United, 2016–17 [5]
Most individual goals in a game 6 – Mitchell Bryant, Weymouth 0 Basingstoke Town 6, 13 February 2010
Highest attendance 5,022 – Weymouth vs. St Albans City, 17 April 2006
Highest average attendance 3,219 – AFC Wimbledon, 2008–09

References

  1. ^ "Vanarama announced as new Football Conference sponsor". Non-League Bets. 30 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "National League North 2017-18 Season Preview - The Vanarama National League". www.thenationalleague.org.uk. Retrieved 11 September 2017. 
  3. ^ "Skrill announced as new Football Conference sponsor". Non-League Bets. 26 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "BBC Sport – Football Conference to be renamed as National League". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  5. ^ http://www.windsorexpress.co.uk/gallery/maidenhead-utd-fc/113375/dave-tarpey-hits-fourth-hat-trick-of-season-as-maidenhead-united-thrash-bath-city-51.html

External links

  • National League official site
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