National League North

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Not to be confused with the National League's divisions.
National League North
Vanarama National League North.png
Country  England
Founded 2004
Number of teams 22
Level on pyramid 6
Step 2 (National League System)
Promotion to National League
Relegation to Northern Premier League Premier Division
Southern League Premier Division
Domestic cup(s) FA Cup
FA Trophy
Current champions Solihull Moors
Website National League
2016–17 season

The National League North, formerly Conference North (currently named the Vanarama National League North for sponsorship reasons), is a division of the National League in England, taking its place immediately below the top division National League. Along with the National League South, it is at Step 2 of the National League System and the sixth overall tier of the English football league system. It consists of teams located in Northern England, Norfolk, the English Midlands and North Wales. From the start of the 2015–16 season, the league has been known as the National League North.[1] As part of a sponsorship deal with Vanarama, the National League North is now known as the Vanarama National League North.[1]


The Conference North was introduced in 2004 as part of a major restructuring of English non-League football.[2] The champions are automatically promoted to the National League. A second promotion place goes to the winners of play-offs involving the teams finishing in second to fifth place. The three bottom clubs are relegated to Step 3 leagues. Teams from this division, as well as from the National League South, enter the FA Cup at the Second Qualifying Round.

For sponsorship reasons, the division was known as the Nationwide North from its formation in 2004 until 2007, when it was renamed the Blue Square North. In 2010 it was renamed the Blue Square Bet North. When Blue Square sponsorship ended in 2013, it was renamed the Skrill North until the 2014–15 season, when it was renamed the Vanarama North. A further name change followed in 2015, when the division was renamed the Vanarama National League North.

Current member clubs 2016–17

The current member clubs for the 2016–17 season are as follows:

The area covered by National League North is coloured in red. National League North teams also come from counties bordering National League South (purple).
Finishing position 2015–16
Alfreton Town 10th
Altrincham 22nd (relegated from National League)
Boston United 5th
Brackley Town 19th
Bradford Park Avenue 14th
Chorley 8th
Curzon Ashton 11th
Darlington 1883 1st (via Northern Premier League as Champions)
Fylde 3rd
Halifax Town 21st (relegated from National League)
F.C. United of Manchester 13th
Gainsborough Trinity 16th
Gloucester City 15th
Harrogate Town 4th
Kidderminster Harriers 23rd (relegated from National League)
Nuneaton Town 6th
Salford City 3rd (via Northern Premier League as Playoff winners)
Stalybridge Celtic 12th
Stockport County 9th
Tamworth 7th
Telford United 18th
Worcester City 17th

League champions

Conference North Trophy awarded to Southport, 2009–10 season.

All the winners of the league title and winners of the play-off final since the league's formation in 2004 are as follows:

Season Winner Playoff Winner
2004–05 Southport Altrincham
2005–06 Northwich Victoria Stafford Rangers
2006–07 Droylsden Farsley Celtic
2007–08 Kettering Town Barrow
2008–09 Tamworth Gateshead
2009–10 Southport Fleetwood Town
2010–11 Alfreton Town Telford United
2011–12 Hyde Nuneaton Town
2012–13 Chester Halifax Town
2013–14 Telford United Altrincham
2014–15 Barrow Guiseley
2015–16 Solihull Moors North Ferriby United

Current league stadia

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

Locations of the National League North 2016–17 teams (see Greater Manchester map for more detail for these clubs)
Team Stadium Capacity
A.F.C. Fylde Mill Farm 6,000
Alfreton Town North Street 3,600
A.F.C. Telford United New Bucks Head 6,300
Altrincham Moss Lane 6,085
Boston United York Street 6,643
Brackley Town St. James Park 3,500
Bradford Park Avenue Horsfall Stadium 3,500
Chorley Victory Park 4,100
Curzon Ashton Tameside Stadium 4,000
Darlington 1883 Blackwell Meadows 3,000
F.C. Halifax Town The Shay 14,061
F.C. United of Manchester Broadhurst Park 4,400
Gainsborough Trinity The Northolme 4,304
Gloucester City Whaddon Road (groundshare with Cheltenham Town) 7,066
Harrogate Town Wetherby Road 3,800
Kidderminster Harriers Aggborough 6,238
Nuneaton Town Liberty Way 4,314
Salford City Moor Lane 1,400
Stalybridge Celtic Bower Fold 6,500
Stockport County Edgeley Park 10,852
Tamworth The Lamb Ground 4,000
Worcester City Victoria Ground (groundshare with Bromsgrove Sporting) 4,895

League records

Record home win Fleetwood Town 8–0 Redditch United, 14 November 2009,[3] and Altrincham 8–0 Hinckley United, 17 November 2012[4]
Record away win Redditch United 0–9 Boston United, 21 August 2010[5]
Highest-scoring game AFC Fylde 9–2 Boston United, 19 October 2016
Highest League Attendance 5,630 – Stockport County Vs. F.C. United of Manchester, 19 February 2017
Most points in a season Chester – 107 points, Season 2012–13
Most wins in a season Chester – 34, Season 2012–13
Fewest defeats in a season Chester – 3, Season 2012–13
Most goals scored in a season Chester – 103, Season 2012–13
Best goal difference Chester – +71, Season 2012–13
Most league titles 2 – Southport
Most consecutive wins 15 games (21 Feb 2006 to 22 April 2006) – Northwich Victoria
Most consecutive clean sheets 10 games (30 Aug 2010 to 9 November 2010) – Boston United
Longest unbeaten run 30 games (15 Sep 2012 to 6 April 2013) – Chester

See also


  1. ^ a b "BBC Sport – Football Conference to be renamed as National League". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Football Conference – History". Football Conference. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Fleetwood Town 8–0 Redditch Utd". BBC Sport. 14 November 2009. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "ALTRINCHAM VS. HINCKLEY UNITED 8 – 0". Soccerway. 17 November 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Redditch United 0–9 Boston United". BBC Sport. 21 August 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 

External links

  • Football Conference official site
  • Conference North league table
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