1998–99 Northern Premier League

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The 1998–99 Northern Premier League season was the 31st 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 1998–99
Champions Altrincham
Promoted Altrincham
Relegated Accrington Stanley
Chorley
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1290 (2.79 per match)

The Premier Division featured four new teams:

League Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Altrincham (C) (P) 42 23 11 8 67 33 +34 80 Promotion to Conference
2 Worksop Town 42 22 10 10 66 48 +18 76
3 Guiseley 42 21 9 12 64 47 +17 72
4 Bamber Bridge 42 18 15 9 63 48 +15 69
5 Gateshead 42 18 11 13 69 58 +11 65
6 Gainsborough Trinity 42 19 8 15 65 59 +6 65
7 Whitby Town 42 17 13 12 77 62 +15 64
8 Leigh RMI 42 16 15 11 63 54 +9 63
9 Hyde United 42 16 11 15 61 48 +13 59
10 Stalybridge Celtic 42 16 11 15 71 63 +8 59
11 Winsford United 42 14 15 13 56 52 +4 57
12 Runcorn 42 12 19 11 46 49 −3 55
13 Emley 42 12 17 13 47 49 −2 53
14 Blyth Spartans 42 14 9 19 56 64 −8 51
15 Colwyn Bay 42 12 13 17 60 71 −11 49
16 Frickley Athletic 42 11 15 16 55 71 −16 48
17 Marine 42 10 17 15 61 69 −8 47
18 Spennymoor United 42 12 11 19 52 71 −19 47
19 Lancaster City 42 11 13 18 50 62 −12 46
20 Bishop Auckland 42 10 15 17 49 67 −18 45
21 Chorley (R) 42 8 15 19 45 68 −23 39 Relegation to NPL Division One
22 Accrington Stanley (R) 42 9 9 24 47 77 −30 36

Updated to games played on 22 February 2011.
Source: [1].
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.

Division One[edit]

Northern Premier League Division One
Season 1998–99
Champions Droylsden
Promoted Droylsden
Hucknall Town
Relegated Alfreton Town
Great Harwood Town
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1446 (3.13 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 Droylsden (C) (P) 42 26 8 8 97 55 +42 86 Promotion to Premier Division
2 Hucknall Town (P) 42 26 11 5 80 38 +42 086*
3 Ashton United 42 22 12 8 79 46 +33 78
4 Lincoln United 42 20 12 10 94 65 +29 72
5 Eastwood Town 42 20 8 14 65 69 −4 68
6 Radcliffe Borough 42 19 8 15 78 62 +16 65
7 Burscough 42 19 8 15 67 61 +6 65
8 Witton Albion 42 18 9 15 70 63 +7 63
9 Bradford Park Avenue 42 17 11 14 64 55 +9 62
10 Stocksbridge Park Steels 42 16 13 13 64 60 +4 61
11 Harrogate Town 42 17 7 18 75 77 −2 58
12 Gretna 42 16 10 16 73 80 −7 58
13 Belper Town 42 15 11 16 58 57 +1 56
14 Trafford 42 14 11 17 50 58 −8 53
15 Netherfield Kendal 42 13 10 19 51 64 −13 049#
16 Flixton 42 12 12 18 50 64 −14 48
17 Matlock Town 42 14 6 22 53 72 −19 48
18 Farsley Celtic 42 11 13 18 56 73 −17 46
19 Whitley Bay 42 10 9 23 53 77 −24 39
20 Congleton Town 42 8 15 19 65 91 −26 39
21 Great Harwood Town (R) 42 10 8 24 51 73 −22 38 Relegation to NWCFL Division One
22 Alfreton Town (R) 42 9 8 25 53 86 −33 35 Relegation to 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
*Hucknall Town were deducted 3 points.
#From this season onwards Netherfield were known as Netherfield Kendal.
(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 thirty-first season of the Northern Premier League Altrincham (as champions) were automatically promoted to the Football Conference. Chorley and Accrington Stanley were relegated to the First Division; these two clubs were replaced by relegated Conference sides Barrow and Leek Town, First Division winners Droylsden and second placed Hucknall Town. In the First Division Great Harwood Town and Alfreton Town left the League at the end of the season and were replaced by newly admitted Ossett Town and Workington.

Cup results[edit]

Challenge Cup: Teams from both leagues.

  • Stalybridge Celtic 2–1 Guiseley[2]

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

  • Droylsden 2–1 Leigh Railway Mechanics Institute[3]

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

  • Altrincham bt. Stalybridge Celtic

References[edit]

  1. ^ Unibond League
  2. ^ The Official Football Association Non League Club Directory 2000 ISBN 1-869833-44-9
  3. ^ "RMI's final agony". LancashireTelegraph.co.uk (Newsquest (North West) Ltd). 16 April 1999. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 

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