1985–86 North West Counties Football League

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The 1985–86 North West Counties Football League was the fourth in the history of the North West Counties Football League, a football competition in England. Teams were divided into three divisions: the First, Second, or Third.

First Division final table[edit]

Position Team Played Won Drawn Lost Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points 1
1 Clitheroe 38 20 14 4 61 30 +31 54
2 Congleton Town 38 22 10 6 51 29 +22 54
3 Eastwood Hanley 38 22 9 7 68 45 +23 53
4 Stalybridge Celtic 38 21 10 7 62 39 +23 52
5 Fleetwood Town 38 21 10 7 70 34 +36 502
6 Irlam Town 38 16 14 8 66 45 +21 46
7 Leek Town 38 20 6 12 64 44 +20 46
8 Curzon Ashton 38 18 9 11 52 50 +2 45
9 Burscough 38 15 10 13 45 35 +10 40
10 St Helens Town 38 15 8 15 65 55 +10 38
11 Accrington Stanley 38 13 11 14 62 60 +2 37
12 Leyland Motors 38 13 8 17 62 67 −5 34
13 Winsford United 38 14 6 18 55 68 −13 34
14 Radcliffe Borough 38 12 9 17 48 49 −1 33
15 Bootle 38 11 7 20 46 54 −8 29
16 Penrith 38 9 8 21 46 63 −17 26
17 Netherfield 38 8 10 20 38 76 −38 26
18 Glossop 38 7 10 21 37 69 −32 24
19 Prescot Cables 38 5 9 24 33 68 −35 19
20 Formby 38 5 8 25 35 86 −51 18

1 The points system up until the 1990–91 season: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for losing.

2 Fleetwood Town had 2 points deducted.

Second Division final table[edit]

Position Team Played Won Drawn Lost Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points 1
1 Kirkby Town 34 24 7 3 85 30 +55 55
2 Rossendale United 34 20 8 6 81 36 +45 48
3 Wren Rovers 34 18 8 8 60 46 +14 44
4 Warrington Town 34 17 9 8 62 48 +14 43
5 Colwyn Bay 34 17 8 9 74 53 +21 42
6 Chadderton 34 15 12 7 66 48 +18 42
7 Colne Dynamoes 34 15 9 10 59 43 +16 39
8 Great Harwood Town 34 13 10 11 38 45 −7 36
9 Skelmersdale United 34 14 5 15 58 53 +5 33
10 Droylsden 34 13 7 14 48 56 −8 33
11 Atherton Laburnum Rovers 34 12 6 16 49 61 −12 30
12 Lancaster City 34 10 9 15 57 66 −9 29
13 Ellesmere Port & Neston 34 9 9 16 45 61 −16 27
14 Ashton United 34 11 5 18 46 64 −18 262
15 Darwen 34 8 8 18 48 57 −9 24
16 Salford 34 9 4 21 38 72 −34 22
17 Ford Motors 34 5 10 19 36 64 −28 20
18 Nantwich Town 34 5 8 21 31 78 −47 18

1 The points system up until the 1990–91 season: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for losing.

2 Ashton United had 1 point deducted.

Third Division final table[edit]

Position Team Played Won Drawn Lost Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points 1
1 Blackpool Mechanics 28 22 2 4 77 33 +44 442
2 Oldham Town 28 14 9 5 56 29 +27 37
3 Maghull 28 15 6 7 62 36 +26 36
4 Daisy Hill 28 13 7 8 62 45 +17 33
5 Atherton Collieries 28 13 7 8 48 37 +11 33
6 Bolton ST 28 12 7 9 42 34 +8 292
7 Cheadle Town 28 9 10 9 42 26 +16 28
8 Bacup Borough 28 10 8 10 36 40 −4 28
9 Padiham 28 8 10 10 44 45 −1 26
10 Prestwich Heys 28 10 6 12 53 66 −13 26
11 Newton 28 7 10 11 43 48 −5 24
12 Whitworth Valley 28 7 8 13 42 48 −6 22
13 Huyton Town 28 7 7 14 41 71 −30 21
14 Nelson 28 7 7 14 36 65 −29 192
15 Ashton Athletic 28 1 6 21 24 85 −61 8

1 The points system up until the 1990–91 season: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for losing.

2 Blackpool Mechanics, Bolton ST and Nelson had 2 points deducted.

Promotion and relegation[edit]

First Division[edit]

Prescot Cables and Formby were relegated to Division Two.

Second Division[edit]

Division Two champions Kirkby Town and second placed Rossendale United were promoted to Division One while Ford Motors and Nantwich Town were relegated to the Third Division.

Third Division[edit]

Division Three champions Blackpool Mechanics and second placed Oldham Town were promoted to Division Two while Bolton ST, Prestwich Heys, Huyton Town and Nelson left the League at the end of the season and were replaced by newly-admitted Flixton and Ashton Town.

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