National League South

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Not to be confused with the National League's divisions.
National League South
Vanarama National League South.png
Country England
Founded 2004
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)
Current champions Sutton United
(2015–16)
Website National League
2016–17 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 of the teams finishing in second place to fifth place. 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)[2] 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.[3] The current champions are Sutton United, who finished 6 points ahead of second place, and eventual losing playoff finalists, Ebbsfleet.

Current member clubs, 2016–17

The current member club for the 2016–17 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 2015–16
Bath City 14th
Bishop's Stortford 11th
Chelmsford City 15th
Concord Rangers 10th
Dartford 8th
Eastbourne Borough 17th
East Thurrock United 3rd in Isthmian League Premier Division (won play-offs)
Ebbsfleet United 2nd
Gosport Borough 9th
Hemel Hempstead Town 6th
Hungerford Town 4th in Southern League Premier Division (won play-offs)
Maidenhead United 7th
Margate 19th
Oxford City 12th
Poole Town 1st in Southern League Premier Division
St Albans City 18th
Truro City 4th
Wealdstone 12th
Welling United 24th in National League (relegated)
Weston-super-Mare 16th
Whitehawk 5th

Current league stadia 2016–17

The stadiums of all teams in the league for the 2016–17 season are listed below in capacity order:

Home Club Stadium Name Capacity
Bath City Twerton Park 8,840
Ebbsfleet United Stonebridge Road 5,011
Bishop's Stortford ProKit UK Stadium 4,525
Gosport Borough Privett Park (Aerial Direct Stadium) 4,500
St Albans City Clarence Park 4,500
Eastbourne Borough Priory Lane 4,134
Dartford Princes Park 4,100
East Thurrock United Rookery Hill 4,000
Welling United Park View Road 4,000
Truro City Treyew Road 3,500
Weston-super-Mare Woodspring Stadium 3,500
Concord Rangers Thames Road 3,300
Hemel Hempstead Town Vauxhall Road 3,152
Maidstone United Gallagher Stadium 3,070
Chelmsford City Melbourne Stadium 3,065
Maidenhead United York Road 3,000
Margate Hartsdown Park 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

** 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

Adam Birchall holds the record for the highest number of goals scored in a National League South season.
Biggest home win 8 – Maidenhead United 8 Truro City 0, 8 September 2012
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 34 – Adam Birchall, Dover Athletic, 2010–11
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. ^ "Skrill announced as new Football Conference sponsor". Non-League Bets. 26 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "BBC Sport – Football Conference to be renamed as National League". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 

External links

  • National League official site
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