National League North

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National League North
Vanarama National League North.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
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Southern Football League Premier Division
Domestic cup(s) FA Cup
FA Trophy
International cup(s) Europa League
(via FA Cup)
Current champions AFC Fylde
(2016–17)
Website National League
2017–18 season

The National League North, formerly Conference North (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. Since 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 was renamed the Vanarama National League North.[1]

History

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 seventh place (expanded from four to six teams in the 2017–18 season).[3] 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 the 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.

Member clubs for 2017–18

The member clubs for the 2017–18 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).
Club Finishing position 2016–17
Alfreton Town 18th
Blyth Spartans 1st (via Northern Premier League as Champions)
Boston United 15th
Brackley Town 7th
Bradford Park Avenue 16th
Chorley 6th
Curzon Ashton 14th
Darlington 5th
Leamington 2nd (via Southern Football League as playoff winners)
F.C. United of Manchester 13th
Gainsborough Trinity 19th
Harrogate Town 11th
Kidderminster Harriers 2nd
North Ferriby United 24th (relegated from National League)
Nuneaton Town 12th
Salford City 4th
Southport 23rd (relegated from National League)
Spennymoor Town 2nd (via Northern Premier League as playoff winners)
Stockport County 8th
Tamworth 9th
Telford United 17th
York City 21st (relegated from National League]l)

League champions

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

The winners of the league title and the 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
2016–17 Fylde Halifax Town

League stadia for 2017/18

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

National League North is located in England
Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester
Telford United
Telford United
Alfreton Town
Alfreton Town
Blyth Spartans
Blyth Spartans
Boston United
Boston United
Brackley Town
Brackley Town
Bradford Park Avenue
Bradford Park Avenue
Chorley
Chorley
Darlington
Darlington
Gainsborough Trinity
Gainsborough Trinity
Harrogate Town
Harrogate Town
Kidderminster Harriers
Kidderminster Harriers
Leamington
Leamington
North Ferriby
North Ferriby
Nuneaton Town
Nuneaton Town
Southport
Southport
Spennymoor Town
Spennymoor Town
Tamworth
Tamworth
York City
York City
Greater Manchester teamsCurzon Ashton,F.C. United of Manchester,Salford City,Stockport County
Greater Manchester teams
Curzon Ashton,
F.C. United of Manchester,
Salford City,
Stockport County
Locations of the National League North 2017–18 teams (see Greater Manchester map for more detail for these clubs)
National League North is located in Greater Manchester
Curzon Ashton
Curzon Ashton
F.C. United of Manchester
F.C. United of Manchester
Salford
Salford
Stockport County
Stockport County
Locations of the Greater Manchester clubs in 2017–18 National League North
Team Stadium Capacity Seated Capacity
Alfreton Town North Street 3,600 1,500
A.F.C. Telford United New Bucks Head 6,300 2,200
Blyth Spartans Croft Park 4,435 560
Boston United York Street 6,643 1,826
Brackley Town St. James Park 3,500 600
Bradford Park Avenue Horsfall Stadium 3,500 1,247
Chorley Victory Park 4,100 900
Curzon Ashton Tameside Stadium 4,000 527
Darlington Blackwell Meadows 3,299 294
F.C. United of Manchester Broadhurst Park 4,400 510
Gainsborough Trinity The Northolme 4,304 504
Harrogate Town Wetherby Road 3,800 500
Kidderminster Harriers Aggborough 6,238 3,140
Leamington New Windmill Ground 3,000 250
North Ferriby United Grange Lane 2,200 501
Nuneaton Town Liberty Way 4,314 514
Salford City Moor Lane 2,000 (expansion 5,000) 200 (expansion 2,000)
Southport Haig Avenue 6,008 1,660
Spennymoor Town The Brewery Field 6,000 300
Stockport County Edgeley Park 10,852 10,852
Tamworth The Lamb Ground 4,000 518
York City Bootham Crescent 8,256[4] 3,409[4]

League records

Record home win Fleetwood Town 8–0 Redditch United, 14 November 2009,[5]

Altrincham 8–0 Hinckley United, 17 November 2012[6]
Record away win Redditch United 0–9 Boston United, 21 August 2010[7]
Highest-scoring game Fylde 9–2 Boston United, 19 October 2016
Most points in a season 107 points – Chester, Season 2012–13
Most wins in a season 34 – Chester, season 2012–13
Fewest defeats in a season 3 – Chester, season 2012–13
Most goals scored in a season 103 – Chester, season 2012–13
Largest positive goal difference 71 – Chester, 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

References

  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. ^ "National League North 2017-18 Season Preview - The Vanarama National League". www.thenationalleague.org.uk. Retrieved 11 September 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "York City: Bootham Crescent". Football Ground Guide. Retrieved 28 May 2017. 
  5. ^ "Fleetwood Town 8–0 Redditch Utd". BBC Sport. 14 November 2009. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "ALTRINCHAM VS. HINCKLEY UNITED 8 – 0". Soccerway. 17 November 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Redditch United 0–9 Boston United". BBC Sport. 21 August 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 

External links

  • Football Conference official site
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