1995–96 Northern Premier League

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The 1995–96 Northern Premier League season was the 28th in the history of the Northern Premier League, a football competition in England. Teams were divided into two divisions; the Premier and the First. It was known as the Unibond League for sponsorship reasons.[1]

Premier Division[edit]

Northern Premier League Premier Division
Season 1995–96
Champions Bamber Bridge
Relegated Droylsden
Matlock Town
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1350 (2.92 per match)

The Premier Division featured three new teams:

League Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Bamber Bridge (C) 42 20 16 6 81 49 +32 076*
2 Boston United 42 23 6 13 86 59 +27 75
3 Hyde United 42 21 11 10 86 51 +35 74
4 Barrow 42 20 13 9 69 42 +27 73
5 Gainsborough Trinity 42 20 13 9 60 41 +19 73
6 Blyth Spartans 42 17 13 12 75 61 +14 64
7 Accrington Stanley 42 17 14 11 62 54 +8 062#
8 Emley 42 17 10 15 57 53 +4 61
9 Spennymoor United 42 14 18 10 67 61 +6 60
10 Bishop Auckland 42 16 11 15 60 55 +5 59
11 Guiseley 42 15 14 13 62 57 +5 59
12 Marine 42 15 14 13 59 54 +5 59
13 Witton Albion 42 17 8 17 60 62 −2 59
14 Chorley 42 14 9 19 67 74 −7 51
15 Knowsley United 42 14 6 22 61 89 −28 48
16 Winsford United 42 10 16 16 56 79 −23 46
17 Leek Town 42 10 15 17 52 55 −3 45
18 Colwyn Bay 42 8 21 13 43 57 −14 45
19 Frickley Athletic 42 11 14 17 63 87 −24 044#
20 Buxton 42 9 11 22 43 72 −29 38
21 Droylsden (R) 42 10 8 24 58 100 −42 38 Relegation to NPL Division One
22 Matlock Town (R) 42 8 11 23 23 71 −48 35

Updated to games played on 3 March 2011.
Source: [1].
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
*Bamber bridge were not promoted due to ground standards.
#Accrington Stanley and Frickley Athletic were deducted 3 points.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Division One[edit]

Northern Premier League
Division One
Season 1995–96
Champions Lancaster City
Promoted Lancaster City
Alfreton Town
Relegated None
Matches played 420
Goals scored 1345 (3.2 per match)

Division One featured four new teams:

League Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Lancaster City (C) (P) 40 24 11 5 79 38 +41 83 Promotion to Premier Division
2 Alfreton Town (P) 40 23 9 8 79 47 +32 78
3 Lincoln United 40 22 7 11 80 56 +24 73
4 Curzon Ashton 40 20 7 13 73 53 +20 67
5 Farsley Celtic 40 19 9 12 66 61 +5 66
6 Radcliffe Borough 40 17 13 10 70 48 +22 64
7 Eastwood Town 40 18 9 13 60 47 +13 63
8 Whitley Bay 40 18 8 14 72 62 +10 62
9 Ashton United 40 19 7 14 73 65 +8 060*
10 Atherton Laburnum Rovers 40 15 12 13 60 61 −1 57
11 Worksop Town 40 16 8 16 84 90 −6 56
12 Gretna 40 13 13 14 75 65 +10 52
13 Warrington Town 40 13 10 17 75 72 +3 49
14 Leigh RMI 40 14 7 19 53 59 −6 049#
15 Netherfield 40 13 10 17 64 73 −9 49
16 Workington 40 11 12 17 50 62 −12 45
17 Bradford Park Avenue 40 9 14 17 57 72 −15 41
18 Congleton Town 40 11 11 18 36 59 −23 041
19 Great Harwood Town 40 9 7 24 44 78 −34 033
20 Fleetwood 40 7 10 23 41 81 −40 31 Club folded at the end of the season
21 Harrogate Town 40 7 10 23 54 96 −42 31

Updated to games played on May 1996.
Source: [2].
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
*Ashton United were deducted 4 points.
#From this season onwards Horwich RMI were known as Leigh RMI.
Congleton Town were deducted 3 points.
Great Harwood Town were deducted 1 point.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Promotion and relegation[edit]

In the twenty-eighth season of the Northern Premier League Bamber Bridge should have been (as champions) automatically promoted to the Football Conference, but were not as they did not meet the Conference's requirements. Droylsden and Matlock Town were relegated to the First Division; these two clubs were replaced by relegated Conference side Runcorn, First Division winners Lancaster City and second placed Alfreton Town. In the First Division Fleetwood folded at the end of the season and were replaced by newly admitted Stocksbridge Park Steels and Flixton.

Cup Results[edit]

Challenge Cup: Teams from both leagues.

  • Hyde United bt. Leek Town

President's Cup: 'Plate' competition for losing teams in the NPL Cup.

  • Worksop Town bt. Guiseley

Northern Premier League Shield: Between Champions of NPL Premier Division and Winners of the NPL Cup.

  • Hyde United bt. Bamber Bridge

References[edit]

External links[edit]