1987–88 Football Conference

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The Football Conference season of 1987–88 (known as the GM Vauxhall Conference for sponsorship reasons) was the ninth season of the Football Conference.

Overview[edit]

Lincoln City, who had been relegated to the Conference a year earlier in the first season of automatic promotion and relegation between the Conference and the Fourth Division of the Football League, won the Conference title to reclaim their place in the Football League, where they replaced the bottom placed Fourth Division club Newport County.

New teams in the league this season[edit]

Final League Table[1][edit]

Football Conference
Season 1987–88[1]
Champions Lincoln City (1st Football Conference title)
Promoted to the Football League Lincoln City
Conference League Cup winners Horwich RMI (Northern Premier League)
FA Trophy winners Enfield
Relegated to
Level 6
Bath City,
Dagenham,
Wealdstone
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1386 (3 per match)
Top goalscorer Steve Norris (Telford United), 24;
Phil Derbyshire, (Stafford Rangers), 24;
Paul Davies, (Kidderminster Harriers), 24
Biggest home win AltrinchamDagenham 6–0 (2 May 1988);
Northwich VictoriaBoston United 6–0 (5 May 1988)
Biggest away win Wycombe WanderersBarnet 0–7 (15 September 1987)
Highest scoring BarnetSutton United 6–2 (28 December 1987);
Lincoln CityKidderminster Harriers 5–3 (28 December 1987);
Wycombe WanderersCheltenham Town 5–3 (16 January 1988)
Longest winning run Kettering Town, Lincoln City, 6 matches
Longest unbeaten run Kidderminster Harriers, Lincoln City, 16 matches
Longest losing run Dagenham, 12 matches
Highest attendance Lincoln City v Wycombe Wanderers, 9,432 (2 May 1988)
Lowest attendance ?
Average attendance 1,249 (+ 36% from the previous season)
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Locations of the Football Conference teams 1987–1988
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Lincoln City 42 16 4 1 53 13 8 6 7 33 35 86 48 + 38 82
2 Barnet 42 15 4 2 57 23 8 7 6 36 22 93 45 + 48 80
3 Kettering Town 42 13 5 3 37 20 9 4 8 31 28 68 48 + 20 75
4 Runcorn 42 14 4 3 42 20 7 7 7 26 27 68 47 + 21 74
5 Telford United 42 11 5 5 33 23 9 5 7 32 27 65 50 + 15 70
6 Stafford Rangers 42 12 4 5 43 25 8 5 8 36 33 79 58 + 21 69
7 Kidderminster Harriers 42 11 8 2 42 28 7 7 7 33 38 75 66 + 9 69
8 Sutton United 42 9 8 4 41 25 7 10 4 36 29 77 54 + 23 66
9 Maidstone United 42 8 5 8 38 33 10 4 7 41 31 79 64 + 15 63
10 Weymouth 42 13 7 1 33 13 5 2 14 20 30 53 43 + 10 63
11 Macclesfield Town 42 10 5 6 36 27 8 4 9 28 35 64 62 + 2 63
12 Enfield 42 8 5 8 35 34 7 5 9 33 44 68 78 – 10 55
13 Cheltenham Town 42 6 11 4 36 32 5 9 7 28 35 64 67 – 3 53
14 Altrincham 42 11 5 5 41 21 3 5 13 18 38 59 59 ± 0 52
15 Fisher Athletic 42 8 7 6 28 23 5 6 10 30 38 58 61 – 3 52
16 Boston United 42 9 5 7 33 25 5 2 14 27 50 60 75 – 15 49
17 Northwich Victoria 42 8 6 7 30 25 2 11 8 16 32 46 57 – 11 47
18 Wycombe Wanderers 42 8 5 8 32 43 3 8 10 18 33 50 76 – 26 46
19 Welling United 42 8 4 9 33 32 3 5 13 17 40 50 72 – 22 42
20 Bath City 42 7 5 9 27 32 2 5 14 21 44 48 76 – 28 37 Relegated to the Southern League
21 Wealdstone 42 3 11 7 20 33 2 6 13 19 43 39 76 – 37 32 Relegated to the Southern League
22 Dagenham 42 4 3 14 20 46 1 3 17 17 58 37 104 – 67 21 Relegated to the Isthmian League
  • Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  • Points scored: 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw.
Key
Football Conference Champions, promoted to Football League Fourth Division
FA Trophy winners
Conference League Cup winners, Horwich RMI F.C. (Northern Premier League)
Relegated from The Football League, see Lincoln City
New club in the Conference
Relegated to Level 6

Results[1][edit]

Home \ Away[1] ALT BRN BAT BOS CHL DAG ENF FIS KET KID LIN MAC MAI NOR RUN STA SUT TEL WEA WEL WEY WYC
Altrincham 1–1 2–0 4–1 1–1 6–0 5–1 2–3 2–2 2–3 0–0 1–3 0–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 0–1 0–3 1–0 1–0 3–0 4–2
Barnet 3–1 4–0 1–0 1–1 3–2 3–0 2–0 4–0 1–1 4–2 2–1 2–0 4–1 1–2 2–2 6–2 0–2 5–1 5–2 3–2 1–1
Bath City 2–0 0–1 2–1 1–1 4–2 0–1 1–3 2–0 3–3 2–1 3–4 1–3 0–0 0–1 0–3 0–4 1–2 0–0 0–0 3–1 2–1
Boston United 2–2 2–1 2–0 4–1 1–0 2–3 2–1 0–2 1–0 1–2 0–2 3–3 0–1 2–2 4–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 1–2 1–0 4–0
Cheltenham Town 1–0 0–2 3–3 1–5 5–1 1–1 2–0 1–2 2–2 3–3 1–0 2–2 1–1 0–0 2–3 1–1 3–0 1–1 2–2 2–1 2–2
Dagenham 3–2 0–0 1–1 4–2 1–3 1–2 1–5 0–5 1–2 0–3 0–0 0–3 1–0 1–4 2–4 0–1 0–1 1–2 1–2 0–3 2–1
Enfield 1–1 2–0 1–3 3–2 0–1 2–2 0–0 2–0 5–2 0–0 1–2 2–4 0–1 1–3 0–0 2–3 1–4 5–2 1–0 3–2 3–2
Fisher Athletic 3–2 2–2 2–0 0–0 1–0 5–1 2–3 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–2 0–3 0–0 0–2 1–2 1–1 0–1 3–1 1–0 1–0 0–0
Kettering Town 1–2 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–1 3–0 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 3–2 0–2 3–1 0–3 1–0 2–2 1–0 3–2 1–0 3–0 3–0
Kidderminster Harriers 4–1 1–1 3–2 1–0 3–2 1–1 4–0 1–1 2–1 3–3 3–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 2–2 2–4 2–1 5–2 1–0 0–2
Lincoln City 5–0 2–1 3–0 5–1 5–1 3–0 4–0 3–0 0–1 5–3 3–0 1–1 3–2 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 3–0 2–1 0–0 2–0
Macclesfield Town 1–0 2–2 0–2 2–1 1–0 3–1 0–3 2–4 0–0 1–2 2–0 1–0 5–0 4–0 2–3 1–1 1–1 3–2 3–2 1–2 1–1
Maidstone United 2–2 2–1 3–0 1–2 2–2 2–0 3–2 2–2 2–3 1–2 1–2 2–0 1–1 3–0 4–2 2–4 2–4 1–1 0–1 2–1 0–1
Northwich Victoria 1–2 2–1 2–1 6–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–2 0–1 1–1 2–3 2–1 2–3 2–0 1–1 1–4 1–2 0–0 0–0 2–1 2–1
Runcorn 1–1 0–1 2–1 3–0 2–2 2–1 2–2 5–1 1–0 2–0 4–1 1–2 3–2 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 4–0 2–1 1–2
Stafford Rangers 3–0 1–1 1–0 3–4 2–2 4–0 3–1 3–2 2–1 0–2 1–4 0–1 2–3 3–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 5–2 2–0 0–0 3–0
Sutton United 2–1 0–1 3–1 1–2 3–0 1–1 3–3 2–0 2–2 2–0 4–1 2–3 5–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 2–2
Telford United 1–0 2–4 3–1 2–1 0–1 1–0 4–0 2–1 2–3 4–3 0–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–2 3–3 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–0
Wealdstone 0–0 0–6 1–1 1–1 1–4 2–3 1–0 2–1 0–2 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–3 2–2 0–1 4–2 0–0 2–2 1–1 0–2 0–0
Welling United 0–1 0–2 2–1 3–1 0–1 6–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–2 1–4 3–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–5 1–4 4–1 4–0 0–2 1–0
Weymouth 1–0 2–0 3–1 3–1 1–1 1–0 1–3 1–1 2–1 1–1 3–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 0–0 2–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 4–0 0–0
Wycombe Wanderers 1–0 0–7 2–2 1–2 5–3 2–1 1–5 1–1 0–3 0–1 1–2 5–0 1–5 1–1 2–2 0–4 1–1 2–1 1–0 3–1 2–1

Source: Rothmans Football Yearbook 1988–89. Queen Anne Press, Macdonald Futura Publishers, London & Sydney, 1988.
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers in order of league goals[1][edit]

Rank Player Club League FA Cup FA Trophy League Cup Total
1 Steve Norris Telford United 24 0 6 5 35
= Phil Derbyshire Stafford Rangers 24 3 3 2 32
= Paul Davies Kidderminster Harriers 24 2 1 0 27
4 Steve Butler Maidstone United 22 3 4 0 29
= Mark Carter Runcorn 22 1 2 0 25
= Nicky Evans Barnet 22 7 0 1 30
7 Nicky Francis Enfield 21 1 4 3 29
8 Steve Burr Macclesfield Town 19 9 4 0 32
= Lenny Dennis Sutton United 19 4 0 2 25
= Dave Sansom Barnet 19 3 2 3 27
11 Kim Casey Kidderminster Harriers 17 2 2 0 21
12 Phil Brown Lincoln City 16 1 2 1 20
= Mark Smith Kettering Town 16 0 2 1 19
= Paul Wilson Boston United 16 2 3 0 21
= Brett Angell Cheltenham Town 16 5 1 0 22
16 Steve Biggins Telford United 15 1 3 1 20
= John McGinley Lincoln City 15 3 0 2 20
= Paul McKinnon Sutton United 15 2 0 2 19

Promotion and relegation[edit]

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Relegated[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Jack Rollin (ed.), Rothmans Football Yearbook 1988–89. Queen Anne Press, MacDonald & Co., London and Sydney, 1988.

External links[edit]