1989–90 Football Conference

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The Football Conference season of 1989–90 (known as the GM Vauxhall Conference for sponsorship reasons) was the eleventh season of the Football Conference.

Overview[edit]

Darlington, relegated to the Conference from the Fourth Division a year earlier, finished the season as Conference champions and regained their Football League status at the first attempt – just as Lincoln City had done two years earlier. Coming down to the Conference from the Football League were the bottom placed Fourth Division club Colchester United.

New teams in the league this season[edit]

Final league table[1][edit]

Football Conference
Season 1989–90[1]
Champions Darlington (1st Football Conference title)
Promoted to the Football League Darlington
Conference League Cup winners Yeading (Isthmian League)
FA Trophy winners Barrow
Relegated to
Level 6
Chorley,
Enfield,
Farnborough Town
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1317 (2.85 per match)
Top goalscorer Robbie Cooke (Kettering Town), 28
Biggest home win RuncornEnfield 9–0 (3 March 1990)
Biggest away win BarrowMerthyr Tydfil 1–5 (18 April 1990);
Stafford RangersDarlington 0–4 (21 April 1990);
Telford UnitedChorley 0–4 (9 December 1989);
Wycombe WanderersCheltenham Town 0–4 (30 December 1989);
Yeovil TownWelling United 0–4 (13 September 1989)
Highest scoring RuncornEnfield 9–0 (3 March 1990);
Farnborough TownRuncorn 6–3 (11 November 1989)
Longest winning run Barnet, 8 matches
Longest unbeaten run Darlington, 13 matches
Longest losing run Northwich Victoria, 6 matches
Highest attendance Barnet v Darlington, 5,880 (31 March 1990)
Lowest attendance ?
Average attendance 1,429 (+ 9% from previous season)
Locations of the Football Conference teams 1989–1990
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Darlington 42 13 6 2 43 12 13 3 5 33 13 76 25 + 51 87
2 Barnet 42 15 4 2 46 14 11 3 7 35 27 81 41 + 40 85
3 Runcorn 42 16 3 2 52 20 3 10 8 27 42 79 62 + 17 70
4 Macclesfield Town 42 11 6 4 35 16 6 9 6 21 25 56 41 + 15 66
5 Kettering Town 42 13 5 3 35 15 5 7 9 31 38 66 53 + 13 66
6 Welling United 42 11 6 4 36 16 7 4 10 26 34 62 50 + 12 65
7 Yeovil Town 42 9 8 4 32 25 8 4 9 30 29 62 54 + 8 63
8 Sutton United 42 14 2 5 42 24 5 4 12 26 40 68 64 + 4 63
9 Merthyr Tydfil 42 9 9 3 41 30 7 5 9 26 33 67 63 + 4 62
10 Wycombe Wanderers 42 11 6 4 42 24 6 4 11 22 32 64 56 + 8 61
11 Cheltenham Town 42 9 6 6 30 22 7 5 9 28 38 58 60 – 22 59
12 Telford United 42 8 7 6 31 29 7 6 8 25 34 56 63 – 7 58
13 Kidderminster Harriers 42 7 6 8 37 33 8 3 10 27 34 64 67 – 3 54
14 Barrow 42 11 8 2 33 25 1 8 12 18 42 51 67 – 16 52
15 Northwich Victoria 42 9 3 9 29 30 6 2 13 22 37 51 67 – 16 50
16 Altrincham 42 8 5 8 31 20 4 8 9 18 28 49 48 + 1 49
17 Stafford Rangers 42 9 6 6 25 23 3 6 12 25 39 50 62 – 12 48
18 Boston United 42 10 3 8 36 30 3 5 13 12 37 48 67 – 19 47
19 Fisher Athletic 42 9 1 11 34 34 4 6 11 21 44 55 78 – 23 46
20 Chorley 42 9 5 7 26 26 4 1 16 16 41 42 67 – 25 45 Relegated to the Northern Premier League
21 Farnborough Town 42 7 5 9 33 30 3 7 11 27 43 60 73 – 13 42 Relegated to the Southern League
22 Enfield 42 9 3 9 36 34 1 3 17 16 55 52 89 – 37 36 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, Yeading (Isthmian League)
Relegated from The Football League, see Darlington
New club in the Conference, see also Barrow, Farnborough Town
Relegated to Level 6

Results[1][edit]

Home \ Away[1] ALT BRN BRW BOS CHL CHO DAR ENF FAR FIS KET KID MAC MER NOR RUN STA SUT TEL WEL WYC YEO
Altrincham 2–1 1–1 0–0 5–0 1–0 0–1 3–0 2–3 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 4–1 0–2 1–2 3–1 0–0 0–1 4–0 1–2 2–1
Barnet 1–0 1–0 1–2 4–0 5–0 0–2 2–0 4–1 4–1 4–1 2–1 0–0 4–0 1–0 2–2 1–1 4–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–0
Barrow 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–5 1–0 2–2 2–1 1–0 3–0 1–1 0–3 2–1
Boston United 2–3 1–2 2–1 2–1 0–1 1–3 1–0 2–2 2–0 1–2 2–3 3–0 2–2 1–3 3–2 3–0 3–1 2–2 2–1 2–0 0–1
Cheltenham Town 0–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 2–0 0–1 3–1 4–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–2 2–3 2–2 1–3 2–0 1–2 3–2 1–1 2–1
Chorley 2–1 1–4 0–1 0–0 0–2 0–3 2–2 1–0 2–0 2–2 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–2 0–2 1–1 3–2 1–2 4–0 1–0 3–2
Darlington 2–0 1–2 0–0 6–1 5–1 3–0 2–1 1–1 5–0 2–1 3–0 1–1 0–0 4–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–0
Enfield 2–1 1–3 3–0 0–1 4–2 2–0 0–3 0–0 1–2 0–3 2–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 3–2 4–1 2–3 1–2 2–3 3–5 1–1
Farnborough Town 0–0 0–1 3–0 1–0 4–0 1–3 1–0 2–3 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–2 0–1 0–1 6–3 3–3 1–3 2–1 3–1 1–1 2–4
Fisher Athletic 3–0 1–2 4–0 1–0 2–5 2–0 0–2 3–2 4–2 3–1 1–1 1–3 1–2 1–0 0–1 0–2 1–2 1–3 1–3 3–1 1–2
Kettering Town 3–0 3–2 2–0 5–0 1–0 2–1 1–3 3–2 1–1 3–0 0–2 0–0 2–0 3–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–0
Kidderminster Harriers 1–2 0–1 2–2 1–3 1–2 3–1 3–2 2–0 3–1 1–1 2–3 2–2 1–2 4–0 0–0 3–0 2–2 2–4 1–1 0–2 3–2
Macclesfield Town 1–0 0–1 2–1 0–0 3–0 0–0 0–0 4–0 0–0 0–1 3–1 1–2 3–2 3–1 4–0 2–2 1–1 3–0 3–2 1–0 1–2
Merthyr Tydfil 0–0 2–1 3–3 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 5–1 1–1 1–4 3–2 3–1 2–3 1–1 3–2 4–3 2–3 0–0 4–0 1–1 2–2
Northwich Victoria 2–3 0–2 1–0 1–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–2 2–1 2–2 1–2 2–0 3–1 1–1 4–3 2–3 0–2 2–3 3–0 1–4
Runcorn 0–0 2–2 4–3 3–1 2–4 3–2 2–1 9–0 3–2 4–0 3–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 3–0 1–0 3–0 0–1 2–0 1–1
Stafford Rangers 3–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–4 1–0 3–2 1–3 1–1 0–1 4–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 1–0 0–1
Sutton United 2–1 1–3 3–3 2–0 0–2 3–0 2–1 2–0 2–3 2–1 2–1 1–2 2–1 1–1 2–1 3–0 1–0 6–1 1–0 1–2 3–1
Telford United 1–3 1–3 3–0 4–2 0–0 0–4 0–1 1–1 4–2 3–1 1–3 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–2 1–1 0–0 4–1 1–1
Welling United 1–1 3–1 0–0 6–0 1–1 3–1 0–1 3–0 4–3 2–0 3–0 4–1 0–1 0–3 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–1
Wycombe Wanderers 1–1 1–0 4–0 1–0 0–4 4–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 6–1 2–2 3–3 1–1 1–2 3–3 5–0 2–1 3–2 1–1 1–0 1–2
Yeovil Town 0–0 3–2 2–2 2–1 1–1 2–1 0–2 3–1 0–0 2–2 0–2 3–1 0–0 4–0 1–2 1–1 0–0 3–1 1–0 0–4 4–2

Source: Jack Rollin (ed.), Rothmans Football Yearbook 1990–91. Queen Anne Press, MacDonald & Co., London and Sydney, 1991.
^ 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 Robbie Cooke Kettering Town 28 0 0 0 28
2 Efan Ekoku Sutton 25 0 0 0 25
3 Simon Read Farnborough Town 23 2 0 1 26
4 Ian Thompson Merthyr Tydfil 21 3 0 0 24
5 John Borthwick Darlington 19 2 0 1 22
= Mark Carter Runcorn 19 0 2 1 22
7 Mike Doherty Runcorn 18 1 0 0 19
8 Gary Bull Barnet 17 5 0 3 25
= Andrew Clarke Barnet 17 2 0 0 19
= Paul Furlong Enfield 17 0 1 1 19
= Paul Gorman Fisher Athletic 17 0 0 0 17
= Terry Robbins Welling United 17 2 1 2 22
= David Webley Merthyr Tydfil 17 2 0 0 19
14 Steve Burr Macclesfield Town 16 3 2 0 21
= Kim Casey Kidderminster Harriers 16 0 3 6 25
16 Paul McKinnon Sutton 16 1 0 3 20
= Mark West Wycombe Wanderers 16 1 1 2 20
18 Martin Hanchard Northwich Victoria 14 2 0 0 16
= Mark Whitehorse Kidderminster Harriers 14 2 3 2 21
20 David Cork Darlington 12 1 3 1 17
= Colin Cowperthwaite Barrow 12 2 0 1 15
= Ken McKenna Telford United 12 0 2 0 14
= Mickey Spencer Yeovil Town 12 1 1 3 17

Promotion and relegation[edit]

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Relegated[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Jack Rollin (ed.), Rothmans Football Yearbook 1990–91. Queen Anne Press, MacDonald & Co., London and Sydney, 1991.

External links[edit]