1997–98 Northern Premier League

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The 1997–98 Northern Premier League season was the 30th 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 1997–98
Champions Barrow
Promoted Barrow
Relegated Alfreton Town
Radcliffe Borough
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1270 (2.75 per match)

The Premier League featured three new teams:

League Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Barrow (C) (P) 42 25 8 9 61 29 +32 83 Promotion to the Conference
2 Boston United 42 22 12 8 55 40 +15 78 Transferred to the Southern League
3 Leigh RMI 42 21 13 8 63 41 +22 76
4 Runcorn 42 22 9 11 80 50 +30 75
5 Gainsborough Trinity 42 22 9 11 60 39 +21 75
6 Emley 42 22 8 12 81 61 +20 74
7 Winsford United 42 19 12 11 54 43 +11 69
8 Altrincham 42 18 11 13 76 44 +32 65
9 Guiseley 42 16 16 10 61 53 +8 64
10 Bishop Auckland 42 17 12 13 78 60 +18 63
11 Marine 42 15 11 16 56 59 −3 56
12 Hyde United 42 13 16 13 60 55 +5 55
13 Colwyn Bay 42 15 9 18 53 57 −4 54
14 Spennymoor United 42 14 11 17 58 72 −14 052*
15 Chorley 42 14 7 21 51 70 −19 49
16 Frickley Athletic 42 12 12 18 45 62 −17 48
17 Lancaster City 42 13 8 21 55 74 −19 47
18 Blyth Spartans 42 12 13 17 52 63 −11 039#
19 Bamber Bridge 42 9 12 21 51 74 −23 39
20 Accrington Stanley 42 8 14 20 49 68 −19 38
21 Radcliffe Borough (R) 42 6 12 24 39 70 −31 30 Relegation to the NPL Division One
22 Alfreton Town (R) 42 3 13 26 32 86 −54 22

Updated to games played on 23 February 2011.
Source: [1].
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
* Spennymoor United were deducted 1 point.
#Blyth Spartans were deducted 10 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 1997–98
Champions Whitby Town
Promoted Whitby Town
Worksop Town
Relegated Buxton
Workington
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1431 (3.1 per match)

Division One featured five new teams:

League Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Whitby Town (C) (P) 42 30 8 4 99 48 +51 98 Promotion to the Premier Division
2 Worksop Town (P) 42 28 7 7 93 44 +49 91
3 Ashton United 42 26 9 7 93 43 +50 87
4 Droylsden 42 24 8 10 70 49 +21 80
5 Lincoln United 42 20 11 11 76 62 +14 71
6 Farsley Celtic 42 20 10 12 72 66 +6 70
7 Witton Albion 42 19 9 14 77 55 +22 66
8 Eastwood Town 42 18 12 12 68 51 +17 66
9 Bradford Park Avenue 42 18 11 13 62 46 +16 65
10 Belper Town 42 18 7 17 68 66 +2 61
11 Stocksbridge Park Steels 42 17 7 18 75 77 −2 58
12 Trafford 42 17 9 16 68 63 +5 60
13 Whitley Bay 42 14 12 16 60 63 −3 54
14 Matlock Town 42 14 11 17 50 58 −8 53
15 Gretna 42 13 9 20 58 64 −6 48
16 Netherfield 42 12 11 19 55 75 −20 47
17 Flixton 42 10 12 20 45 73 −28 42
18 Congleton Town 42 11 8 23 65 101 −36 41
19 Harrogate Town 42 8 14 20 57 80 −23 38
20 Great Harwood Town 42 8 12 22 41 88 −47 36
21 Workington (R) 42 8 7 27 38 84 −46 31 Relegation to the NWCFL Division One
22 Buxton (R) 42 7 3 32 41 87 −46 24 Relegation to the NCEFL Premier Division

Updated to games played on 22 February 2011.
Source: [2].
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(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 thirtieth season of the Northern Premier League Barrow (as champions) were automatically promoted to the Football Conference. Radcliffe Borough and Alfreton Town were relegated to the First Division; these two clubs were replaced by relegated Conference sides Gateshead and Stalybridge Celtic, First Division winners Whitby Town and second placed Worksop Town. In the First Division Workington and Buxton left the League at the end of the season and were replaced by newly admitted Hucknall Town and Burscough.

Cup Results[edit]

Challenge Cup: Teams from both leagues.

  • Altrincham bt. Gainsborough Trinity

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

  • Runcorn bt. Guiseley

Peter Swales Shield: Between Champions of NPL Premier Division and Winners of the NPL Cup.

  • Altrincham bt. Barrow

References[edit]

External links[edit]