2001–02 Football Conference

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The 2001–02 Football Conference season was the twenty-third season of the Football Conference, also known as the Nationwide Conference for sponsorship reasons.

Changes since the previous season[edit]

Overview[edit]

The manager of Boston United, Steve Evans, and former chairman, Pat Malkinson, were charged with breaking the Football Association's rules over the registration of players. Both men received bans from the FA, and the club were fined and docked four points from their first season in the League. This angered some, especially the Conference runners up Dagenham & Redbridge, who believed that any points deduction should have applied to the previous season, which would have meant Dagenham being promoted instead.

Final league table[edit]

Football Conference
Season 2001–02[1]
Champions Boston United (1st Football Conference title)
Direct promotion Boston United
Conference League Cup winners Competition not held
FA Trophy winners Yeovil Town (1st FA Trophy title)
Relegated to Level 6 Dover Athletic,
Hayes,
Stalybridge Celtic
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1289 (2.79 per match)
Top goalscorer Daryl Clare (Boston United), 24
Mark Stein (Dagenham & Redbridge), 24
Biggest home win MargateStalybridge Celtic 8–0 (27 April 2002)
Biggest away win Dagenham & RedbridgeTelford 1–5 (22 December 2001);
HayesDoncaster 1–5 (15 September 2001);
MorecambeYeovil 1–5 (9 February 2002);
HayesYeovil 0–4 (26 January 2002);
Stalybridge CelticChester 0–4 (9 March 2002)
Highest scoring MargateStalybridge Celtic 8–0 (27 April 2002)
Longest winning run ?
Longest unbeaten run ?
Longest losing run ?
Highest attendance Yeovil Town v Boston United, 5,061 (26 March 2002)
Lowest attendance ?
Average attendance 1,370 (– 12% compared with the previous season)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Boston United 42 12 5 4 53 24 13 4 4 31 18 84 42 + 42 84 [notes 1]
2 Dagenham & Redbridge 42 13 6 2 35 20 11 6 4 35 27 70 47 + 23 84
3 Yeovil Town 42 6 7 8 27 30 13 6 2 39 23 66 53 + 13 70
4 Doncaster Rovers 42 11 6 4 41 23 7 7 7 27 23 68 46 + 22 67
5 Barnet 42 10 4 7 30 19 9 6 6 34 29 64 48 + 16 67
6 Morecambe 42 12 5 4 30 27 5 6 10 33 40 63 67 – 4 62
7 Farnborough Town 42 11 3 7 38 23 7 4 10 28 31 66 54 + 12 61
8 Margate 42 7 9 5 33 22 7 7 7 26 31 59 53 + 6 58
9 Telford United 42 8 6 7 34 31 6 9 6 29 27 63 58 + 5 57
10 Nuneaton Borough 42 9 3 9 33 27 7 6 8 24 30 57 57 ± 0 57
11 Stevenage Borough 42 10 4 7 36 30 5 6 10 21 30 57 60 – 3 55
12 Scarborough 42 9 6 6 27 22 5 8 8 28 41 55 63 – 8 55 [notes 2]
13 Northwich Victoria 42 9 4 8 32 34 7 3 11 25 36 57 70 – 13 55
14 Chester City 42 7 7 7 26 23 8 2 11 28 28 54 51 +3 54
15 Southport 42 9 6 6 40 26 4 8 9 13 23 53 49 + 4 53
16 Leigh RMI 42 6 4 11 29 29 9 5 8 27 29 56 58 – 2 53
17 Hereford United 42 9 6 6 28 15 5 4 12 22 38 50 53 – 3 52
18 Forest Green Rovers 42 7 7 7 28 32 5 8 8 26 44 54 76 – 22 51
19 Woking 42 7 5 9 28 29 6 4 11 31 41 59 70 – 11 48
20 Hayes 42 6 2 13 27 45 7 3 11 26 35 53 80 – 27 44 Relegated to the Isthmian League
21 Stalybridge Celtic 42 7 6 8 26 32 4 4 13 14 37 40 69 – 29 43 Relegated to the Northern Premier League
22 Dover Athletic 42 6 5 10 20 25 5 1 15 21 40 41 65 – 24 39 Relegated to the Southern 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.
  1. ^ Boston United were charged with breaking the Football Association's rules over the registration of players. The club was fined and docked four points from their first season in the League.
  2. ^ Scarborough had 1 point deduted for breach of a rule.
Key
Football Conference Champions, promoted to Football League Division Three
FA Trophy winners
Conference League Cup; competition not held
Relegated from the The Football League
New club in the Conference, see also Stalybridge Celtic
Relegated to Level 6

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] BAR BOS CHE D&R DON DOV FAR FGR HAY HER LEI MAR MOR NOR NUN SCA SOU STL STB TEL WOK YEO
Barnet 0–1 3–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 0–3 0–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 4–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–2 0–3 0–0 3–0 2–3
Boston United 1–1 0–1 1–2 2–2 4–2 4–0 6–1 4–1 3–4 2–1 0–1 2–1 3–2 4–1 2–2 0–0 4–1 0–0 3–1 4–0 4–0
Chester City 1–0 1–2 0–1 1–1 3–0 1–0 2–3 3–1 2–0 1–1 0–3 1–1 1–2 1–0 0–0 0–2 0–0 5–1 2–2 0–2 1–1
Dagenham & Redbridge 1–1 1–0 3–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 4–1 3–2 1–1 2–0 4–2 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–5 3–1 1–1
Doncaster Rovers 2–3 0–1 2–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 5–1 5–2 4–0 2–0 1–0 3–3 2–2 2–2 4–3 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–2
Dover Athletic 2–2 3–2 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–1 1–2 3–2 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–2 0–2 0–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–2 1–2
Farnborough Town 2–1 0–2 1–1 1–2 0–1 1–0 3–0 1–2 4–2 3–0 0–0 2–1 4–1 2–1 4–2 0–1 2–0 6–1 1–1 0–1 1–3
Forest Green Rovers 2–2 0–3 0–2 2–4 0–2 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–2 3–3 3–1 2–0 1–2 2–2 2–1 0–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–1
Hayes 0–2 0–2 1–3 2–4 1–5 2–1 0–3 1–1 4–1 2–1 2–4 3–1 1–2 1–2 1–2 1–0 0–0 0–2 1–4 4–1 0–4
Hereford United 2–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 3–0 4–2 0–0 0–1 0–1 3–0 0–2 1–0 1–1 6–0 0–0 3–0 1–1 0–1 2–2 0–2
Leigh RMI 3–3 1–2 3–0 2–0 1–4 1–2 3–0 1–2 1–1 0–1 2–2 0–1 1–2 0–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–2 3–1 3–1 0–1
Margate 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–2 1–2 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 8–0 2–1 3–1 4–3 0–1
Morecambe 1–0 0–0 0–3 1–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 2–2 1–3 2–1 2–1 1–0 2–0 2–2 1–0 0–3 2–1 3–1 1–5
Northwich Victoria 0–3 1–2 3–1 1–2 2–3 2–1 1–2 2–2 1–0 1–0 0–3 1–1 4–3 3–0 1–1 3–1 1–0 2–1 2–2 0–3 1–3
Nuneaton Borough 2–3 1–1 1–3 2–0 2–3 3–0 1–1 2–1 0–2 2–0 2–1 0–0 2–3 0–1 1–2 3–0 3–1 2–1 1–2 2–0 1–2
Scarborough 3–0 2–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–2 3–2 2–5 0–1 0–2 1–2 1–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–0 0–0
Southport 0–1 2–3 3–2 2–2 1–0 0–2 2–5 5–1 2–3 1–1 5–0 1–2 1–1 5–1 1–1 1–0 3–1 0–0 0–0 2–0 3–0
Stalybridge Celtic 1–1 2–1 0–4 2–3 1–0 0–2 1–1 2–1 1–0 0–2 0–1 2–2 4–3 1–1 4–2 2–3 0–0 2–0 0–2 0–2 1–1
Stevenage Borough 3–2 1–2 2–1 1–3 0–0 1–3 1–2 4–1 1–1 3–1 0–1 3–1 3–1 1–0 2–2 2–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–4 2–3
Telford United 1–2 2–2 0–3 1–4 1–1 4–3 0–1 0–0 1–2 0–1 3–1 2–0 4–1 1–0 0–2 3–0 1–1 3–1 2–1 3–3 2–2
Woking 1–3 0–2 2–1 0–2 3–1 4–0 3–2 3–4 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–3 3–1 0–0 1–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2
Yeovil Town 1–2 0–1 0–1 3–3 1–1 2–0 0–1 2–2 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–2 1–1 2–3 2–1 2–2 0–0 0–2 2–1 1–1 1–3

Source: Glenda Rollin and Jack Rollin (eds.), Rothmans Football Yearbook 2002–2003. Headline, 2002
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Locations[edit]


Top scorers in order of league goals[edit]

Rank Player Club League FA Cup FA Trophy League Cup LDV Total
1 Daryl Clare Boston United 24 0
= Mark Stein Dagenham & Redbridge 24 0
3 Ken Charlery Dagenham & Redbridge 17 1
= Mark Cooper Forest Green Rovers 17 0
5 Mark Beesley Chester City 16 0
= Gregg Blundell Northwich Victoria 16 0
= Leon Braithwaite Margate 16 0
= Simon Parke Southport 16 0
9 Lenny Piper Farnborough Town 15 0
= Robbie Talbot Morecambe 15 0
= Michael Twiss Leigh RMI 15 0
12 Jamie Paterson Doncaster Rovers 14 0
13 Dean Clark Hayes 13 0
= Mark Quayle Telford United 13 0
= Dino Maamria Leigh RMI 12 1
= Ian Hodges Hayes 12 0
= Darren Stamp Scarborough 12 0
= Joff Vansittart Farnborough Town 12 0
= Simon Weatherstone Boston United 12 0
20 Warren Patmore Woking 11 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Glenda Rollin and Jack Rollin (eds.), Rothmans Football Yearbook 2002–2003. Headline, 2002.

External links[edit]