1988–89 Football Conference

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The Football Conference season of 1988–89 (known as the GM Vauxhall Conference for sponsorship reasons) was the tenth season of the Football Conference.

It was the third season that the champions of the Conference were automatically promoted to the Football League after the abolition of the election system.

Overview[edit]

Maidstone United, who had been Conference champions once earlier in the decade and once the runners-up, were finally promoted to the Football League Fourth Division after gaining their second title at this level.

Newport County, the club newly relegated to the Conference from the Football League, were wound up due to debts on 27 February 1989. They were then expelled from the Conference for failing to fulfil their fixtures; their record was expunged.

New teams in the league this season[edit]

Final league table[1][edit]

Football Conference
Season 1988–89[1]
Champions Maidstone United (2nd Football Conference title)
Promoted to the Football League Maidstone United
Conference League Cup winners Yeovil Town
FA Trophy winners Telford United
Relegated to
Level 6/Folded
Weymouth,
Newport County
Matches played 420
Goals scored 1233 (2.94 per match)
Top goalscorer Steve Butler (Maidstone United), 26;
Mark Gall (Maidstone United), 26
Biggest home win Maidstone UnitedAltrincham 7–2 (27 August 1988);
Wycombe WanderersStafford Rangers 6–1 (11 February 1989);
Boston UnitedBarnet 5–0 (29 October 1988);
Maidstone UnitedYeovil Town 5–0 (22 October 1988);
RuncornAylesbury 5–0 (3 December 1988);
Welling UnitedAylesbury 5–0 (12 October 1988)
Biggest away win Boston UnitedRuncorn 0–6 (28 September 1988)
Highest scoring Maidstone UnitedAltrincham 7–2 (27 August 1988);
Kidderminster HarriersMaidstone United 3–6 (8 April 1989)
Longest winning run Boston United, Chorley, Maidstone, Runcorn, 6 matches
Longest unbeaten run Maidstone, 17 matches
Longest losing run Fisher Athletic, 6 matches
Highest attendance Wycombe Wanderers v Kettering Town, 4,890 (8 April 1989)
Lowest attendance ?
Average attendance 1195 (– 4% compared to previous season)
Locations of the Football Conference teams 1988–1989
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Maidstone United 40 12 5 3 48 22 13 4 3 44 24 92 46 + 46 84
2 Kettering Town 40 16 1 3 35 15 7 6 7 21 24 56 39 + 17 76
3 Boston United 40 12 3 5 36 28 10 5 5 25 23 61 51 + 10 74
4 Wycombe Wanderers 40 9 7 4 34 25 11 4 5 34 27 68 52 + 16 71
5 Kidderminster Harriers 40 10 4 6 32 32 11 2 7 36 25 68 57 + 11 69
6 Runcorn 40 11 3 6 39 22 8 5 7 38 31 77 53 + 24 65
7 Macclesfield Town 40 9 5 6 31 26 8 5 7 32 31 63 57 + 6 61
8 Barnet 40 11 2 7 36 30 7 5 8 28 39 64 69 – 5 61
9 Yeovil Town 40 8 5 7 34 30 7 6 7 34 37 68 67 + 1 56
10 Northwich Victoria 40 8 5 7 31 30 6 6 8 33 35 64 65 – 1 53
11 Welling United 40 8 6 6 27 16 6 5 9 18 30 45 46 – 1 53
12 Sutton United 40 10 5 5 43 26 2 10 8 21 28 64 54 + 10 51
13 Enfield 40 7 4 9 33 32 7 4 9 29 35 62 67 – 5 51
14 Altrincham 40 6 8 6 24 23 7 2 11 27 38 51 61 – 10 49
15 Cheltenham Town 40 7 7 6 32 29 5 5 10 23 29 55 58 – 3 48
16 Telford United 40 5 5 10 17 24 8 4 8 20 19 37 43 – 6 48
17 Chorley 40 6 4 10 26 32 7 2 11 31 39 57 71 – 14 45
18 Fisher Athletic 40 6 4 10 31 32 4 7 9 24 33 55 65 – 10 41
19 Stafford Rangers 40 7 4 9 27 32 4 3 13 22 42 49 74 – 25 40 [notes 1]
20 Aylesbury United 40 7 4 9 27 30 2 5 13 16 41 43 71 – 28 36 Relegated to the Isthmian League
21 Weymouth 40 6 7 7 27 30 1 3 16 10 40 37 70 – 33 31 Relegated to the Southern League
Newport County [notes 2]
  • 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.
  1. ^ Stafford Rangers were reprieved from relegation due to Newport County's expulsion.
  2. ^ Newport County were expelled from the Conference and their record was expunged.
Key
Football Conference Champions, promoted to Football League Fourth Division
FA Trophy winners
Conference League Cup winners
Relegated from The Football League, see Newport County
New club in the Conference, see also Yeovil Town
Relegated to Level 6
Expelled from Conference

Results[1][edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] ALT AYL BAR BOS CHL CHO ENF FIS KET KID MAC MAI NOR RUN STA SUT TEL WEL WEY WYC YEO
Altrincham 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 1–2 3–1 1–3 0–1 2–2 1–2 2–1 1–0 0–0 3–1 2–1 2–2 2–2
Aylesbury United 1–2 1–3 1–2 0–0 4–3 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–5 1–2 1–2 2–0 1–2 1–1 1–0 2–0 0–0 4–1 0–2 3–2
Barnet 3–0 1–0 0–0 3–1 2–4 2–1 2–3 3–2 0–2 1–4 2–1 2–0 3–2 1–2 1–1 1–3 2–3 4–1 1–0 2–0
Boston United 3–1 2–0 5–0 1–1 2–0 3–2 2–4 1–1 0–2 3–2 1–4 2–1 0–6 2–1 3–1 1–0 2–0 2–0 0–1 1–1
Cheltenham Town 2–1 0–0 1–2 3–1 2–2 3–2 2–2 2–1 4–1 3–0 0–4 2–2 2–1 1–2 2–3 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–1
Chorley 1–0 1–1 2–3 0–1 1–4 1–2 1–1 0–1 1–3 0–1 1–3 3–1 1–3 3–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 0–0 3–2 2–3
Enfield 2–1 2–1 4–0 1–2 3–4 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–3 2–1 1–1 1–2 0–3 4–2 1–1 0–1 0–1 3–0 3–4 1–1
Fisher Athletic 1–1 0–2 1–2 1–3 2–0 4–0 1–2 3–0 2–0 2–2 0–2 2–4 0–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–3 3–2 3–3 4–2
Kettering Town 0–1 5–2 3–1 1–2 2–0 3–0 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 3–3 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–0
Kidderminster Harriers 2–3 4–3 1–0 0–2 3–2 0–2 1–3 2–1 1–1 0–1 3–6 1–1 2–1 3–2 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 2–0 2–2
Macclesfield Town 1–0 3–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 3–2 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–1 4–3 0–2 3–2 2–1 1–3 2–1 3–0 2–0 0–1 2–3
Maidstone United 7–2 1–1 3–2 3–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–0 0–0 0–3 3–3 4–1 2–2 3–0 1–1 1–3 3–0 3–0 1–3 5–0
Northwich Victoria 4–3 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–4 2–2 3–0 1–1 2–4 3–2 2–0 0–1 1–1 4–2 1–0 0–2 2–0 2–3 1–2
Runcorn 3–0 5–0 3–0 1–2 2–1 3–0 1–2 1–1 2–1 1–3 2–2 0–1 3–1 4–1 2–1 0–0 1–2 1–0 2–3 2–1
Stafford Rangers 0–2 3–1 1–2 4–1 1–1 3–2 3–1 0–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 0–2 0–1 0–4 1–1 1–3 3–0 1–0 1–1 2–6
Sutton United 3–2 5–2 5–1 0–0 1–1 1–2 3–1 2–1 0–2 1–1 1–2 1–1 3–3 3–1 2–0 1–2 0–1 3–1 3–0 5–2
Telford United 0–1 0–1 0–3 0–1 2–0 2–1 3–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–3 1–2 1–4 1–1 2–2 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–2 0–1
Welling United 0–0 5–0 1–1 3–2 0–2 1–0 0–0 3–1 2–1 0–1 2–0 0–0 0–0 4–0 1–3 1–1 0–1 4–0 0–1 0–2
Weymouth 1–3 0–0 1–1 2–2 3–2 2–3 2–3 1–0 3–0 3–1 1–2 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–0 2–2 0–0 1–0 0–3 0–2
Wycombe Wanderers 2–1 1–0 2–3 2–1 1–0 1–1 3–2 3–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–3 1–4 3–3 6–1 2–2 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–1
Yeovil Town 2–3 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–3 2–1 1–2 1–2 2–2 1–3 2–0 1–2 2–1 2–2 2–0 0–0 4–3 4–0 2–3 1–1

Source: Jack Rollin (ed.), Rothmans Football Yearbook 1989–80. Queen Anne Press, Macdonald Futura Publishers, London & Sydney, 1989.
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers[1][edit]

Rank Player Club League FA Cup FA Trophy League Cup Total
1 Steve Butler Maidstone United 26 0 0 1 27
= Mark Gall Maidstone United 26 2 0 1 29
3 Chris Camden Stafford Rangers 23 9 0 2 34
= Mark Carter Runcorn 23 0 0 1 24
5 Ken Charlery Maidstone United 22 4 0 0 26
6 Steve Burr Macclesfield Town 21 0 5 0 26
= Don Page Runcorn 21 1 0 3 25
8 Paul Davies Kidderminster Harriers 20 1 0 4 25
= Lenny Dennis Sutton United 20 3 1 5 29
= Mark West Wycombe Wanderers 20 4 2 0 26
11 Ronnie Ellis Altrincham 18 2 0 0 20
= Derrick Parker Northwich Victoria 18 2 2 0 22
13 Phil Power Chorley 16 1 0 0 17
= Guy Whittingham Yeovil Town 16 0 0 0 16
15 Chris Cook Boston United 15 6 1 1 23
= Dean Neal Fisher Athletic 15 6 0 0 21
= Paul Wilson Boston United 15 5 1 0 21
18 Frank Murphy Barnet 14 2 0 2 18
= Malcolm O'Connor Northwich Victoria 14 6 1 1 22
20 Gary Abbott Enfield 13 4 1 0 18
= Phil Derbyshire Macclesfield Town 13 0 0 0 13
= Ernie Moss Kettering Town 13 1 3 0 17

Promotion and relegation[edit]

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Relegated[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Jack Rollin (ed.), Rothmans Football Yearbook 1989–90. Queen Anne Press, MacDonald & Co., London and Sydney, 1989.

External links[edit]