2007–08 Football Conference

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The Football Conference consists of the top two levels of Non-League football in England. The Conference Premier is the fifth highest level of the overall pyramid, whilst the Conference North and Conference South exist at the sixth level. The top team and the winner of the playoff of the National division will be promoted to Football League Two, while the bottom four will be relegated to the North or South divisions. The champions of the North and South divisions will be promoted to the National division, alongside the play-off winners from each division. The bottom three in each of the North and South divisions will be relegated to the premier divisions of the Northern Premier League, Isthmian League or Southern League For sponsorship reasons, the league is frequently referred to as the Blue Square Premier.

Conference Premier[edit]

A total of 24 teams contest the division, including 19 sides from last season, one relegated from the Football League Two, two promoted from the Conference North and two promoted from the Conference South.

Promotion and relegation[edit]

Teams promoted from 2006–07 Conference North

Teams promoted from 2006–07 Conference South

Teams relegated from 2006–07 Football League Two

Boston United were also relegated from the Football League, but were placed in the Conference North due to financial problems. Altrincham, who had finished in the relegation zone in the 2006–07 season, were reprieved in order for the division to remain at 24 teams.

Overall[edit]

Aldershot made a return to the Football League, Aldershot Town F.C. having actually folded during the league season of 1991–92 league season. Its successor Aldershot F.C., however, actually made an exceptionally bad start of the season, losing two of their first three home games, but after that they gained a form that produced Football Conference records, such as their 31 wins and the 101 points, wrapping up the title and the promotion well ahead of the end of the season. A key factor was their ability to avoid drawn matches, of which they only had eight. And even then six of them occurred during the nine games when they were wrapping up the title.

The play-offs saw local rivals Exeter City and Torquay United facing each other for a chance to play for a promotion to the Football League. Torquay had the upper hand at first, winning the first leg on Exeter's soil with 1–2, and they on home ground they were leading 1–0 (3–1 aggregate) with just 20 minutes left, when Exeter ended their hopes with a burst of four goals to wrap up the series with a 5–3 aggregate win. Exeter eventually won 1–0 over Cambridge United at Wembley to seal their return to the League.

As usual, the biggest average crowds were seen in Oxford, with an average of 4,728 spectators per game and an aggregate of 108,750, but actually they fell fifth in highest attendances, with the West Country derby between Exeter City and Torquay United drawing the biggest crowd of the season with 7,839 spectators, followed by the Cambridgeshire derby of Cambridge United v Histon with 7,125, another West Country derby between Torquay and Exeter with 6,021 and even Aldershot v Weymouth with 5,980, leaving Oxford behind in their top drawing match against Crawley Town with their 5,900 spectators. Droylsden had the fewest spectators, with an aggregate of 14,800, meaning an average crowd of 643 spectators, with a high of 1,178 against Altrincham.[1]

League table[edit]

Conference Premier
Season 2007–08[1][2]
Champions Aldershot Town (1st Football Conference title)
Promoted to League Two Aldershot Town,
Exeter City
Relegated to Conference North/Conference South Droylsden,
Farsley Celtic,
Stafford Rangers
Relegated to Level 8 Halifax Town
Promoted for the next season Barrow,
Eastbourne Borough,
Kettering Town,
Lewes
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1559 (3.37 per match)
Top goalscorer Stuart Fleetwood (Forest Green Rovers), 28
Biggest home win Kidderminster HarriersStafford Rangers 6–0 (4 March 2008)
Biggest away win WeymouthForest Green Rovers 0–6 (4 March 2008)
Highest scoring EbbsfleetKidderminster 5–4 (15 September 2007);
HistonTorquay United 4–5 (18 September 2007)
Longest winning run ?
Longest unbeaten run ?
Longest losing run ?
Highest attendance Exeter City v Torquay United, 7,839 (26 December 2007)
Lowest attendance Droylsden v Ebbsfleet, 252 (17 April 2008)
Average attendance 1,799 (– 6% compared with the previous season)
Pos
Team
Pld
HW
HD
HL
HGF
HGA
AW
AD
AL
AGF
AGA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Aldershot Town (C) (P) 46 18 2 3 44 21 13 6 4 38 27 +34 101 Promoted to League Two
2 Cambridge United 46 14 6 3 36 17 11 5 7 32 24 +27 86 Qualified for play-offs
3 Torquay United 46 15 3 5 39 21 11 5 7 44 36 +26 86
4 Exeter City (O) (P) 46 13 9 1 44 26 9 8 6 39 32 +25 83
5 Burton Albion 46 15 3 5 48 31 8 9 6 31 25 +23 81
6 Stevenage Borough 46 13 5 5 47 25 11 2 10 35 30 +27 79
7 Histon 46 10 7 6 42 36 10 5 8 34 31 +9 72
8 Forest Green Rovers 46 11 6 6 45 34 8 8 7 31 25 +17 71
9 Oxford United 46 10 8 5 32 21 10 3 10 24 27 +8 71
10 Grays Athletic 46 11 6 6 35 23 8 7 8 23 24 +11 70
11 Ebbsfleet United 46 14 3 6 40 29 5 9 9 25 32 +4 69
12 Salisbury City 46 12 7 4 35 22 6 7 10 35 38 +10 68
13 Kidderminster Harriers 46 12 5 6 38 23 7 5 11 36 34 +17 67
14 York City 46 8 5 10 33 34 9 6 8 38 40 −3 62
15 Crawley Town 46 12 5 6 47 31 7 4 12 26 36 +6 060
16 Rushden & Diamonds 46 7 10 6 26 22 8 4 11 29 33 0 59
17 Woking 46 7 9 7 28 27 5 8 10 25 34 −8 53
18 Weymouth 46 7 5 11 24 34 4 8 11 29 39 −20 46
19 Northwich Victoria 46 6 7 10 30 36 5 4 14 22 42 −26 44
20 Halifax Town (R) 46 8 10 5 30 29 4 6 13 31 41 −9 042# Club folded
21 Altrincham 46 6 6 11 32 44 3 8 12 24 38 −26 41
22 Farsley Celtic (R) 46 6 5 12 27 38 4 4 15 21 48 −38 39 Relegated to Conference North/South
23 Stafford Rangers (R) 46 2 4 17 16 48 3 6 14 26 51 −57 25
24 Droylsden (R) 46 4 5 14 27 45 1 4 18 19 58 −57 24

Source: [1][3]
Crawley Town deducted 6 points for a breach of financial regulations.[4]
# Halifax Town deducted 10 points for entering administration and later resigned from the Conference due to financial problems. These resulted in the folding of the club, but it was soon reformed with name F.C. Halifax Town, and was able to play competitive football in Northern Premier League Division One North, on Level 8 of the English football league system.
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.

Locations[edit]

Locations of the Conference Premier London teams 2007–2008

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ALD ALT BRT CAM CRA DRO EBB EXE FAR FGR GRY HAL HIS KID NOR OXF R&D SAL STA STB TOR WEY WOK YOR
Aldershot 2–1 1–0 0–0 0–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 4–3 0–1 3–2 1–0 3–1 2–1 5–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 4–3 3–1 0–3 0–0 2–1 2–0
Altrincham 1–2 0–0 0–3 2–3 3–2 1–3 1–4 0–0 1–0 0–1 3–3 1–2 2–1 1–2 1–3 1–2 3–1 2–0 1–5 1–1 3–2 2–2 2–2
Burton Albion 2–0 2–1 1–2 1–0 3–0 1–1 4–4 1–0 1–1 2–3 2–1 1–3 0–2 4–1 1–2 2–1 4–3 2–1 3–0 3–1 2–1 2–0 4–3
Cambridge United 1–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 5–0 1–1 0–1 5–1 2–0 1–0 2–2 1–0 0–3 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–2 2–1 2–0 0–0 1–0 2–0
Crawley Town 0–1 0–1 1–1 2–1 5–0 1–2 2–2 4–1 3–0 2–1 0–4 1–0 0–4 2–1 2–0 4–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–3 1–1 5–3 6–1
Droylsden 2–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–2 1–1 2–3 0–3 5–3 1–2 2–0 0–1 1–0 1–3 3–1 1–4 0–0 1–1 0–3 1–2 1–3 1–1 3–4
Ebbsfleet United 2–2 2–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 0–2 4–1 1–0 0–1 5–4 2–1 1–3 0–3 2–1 2–1 0–1 2–1 4–1 1–1 1–2
Exeter City 1–1 2–1 1–4 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 3–3 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–2 4–2 4–1 4–0 4–3 0–0 2–2 1–1
Farsley Celtic 1–3 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–5 1–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–3 3–0 1–3 1–1 2–1 0–1 0–1 2–2 1–0 0–0 1–2 4–2 3–0 1–4
Forest Green Rovers 2–3 3–1 3–1 3–1 1–0 3–2 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–2 2–0 3–1 2–2 4–1 0–0 0–1 0–3 1–2 4–2 2–2 3–2 2–1 1–2
Grays Athletic 2–1 1–0 0–0 2–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–0 0–1 3–3 0–1 5–1 3–1 0–0 3–0 1–1 5–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–2
Halifax Town 0–0 2–2 2–2 1–2 3–0 3–0 1–0 0–3 2–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–6 3–1 0–3 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–2 3–2 2–1 1–0 2–2
Histon 1–2 1–0 2–2 1–0 3–0 2–0 3–2 2–2 1–2 2–2 2–2 1–3 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 3–3 1–4 4–5 2–2 0–1 3–1
Kidderminster Harriers 1–2 1–1 4–1 1–0 1–1 3–1 2–1 4–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–2 2–0 1–2 6–0 0–2 2–5 0–2 1–1 3–0
Northwich Victoria 1–2 1–2 0–2 0–2 2–0 3–3 3–3 0–0 4–0 1–1 1–0 2–2 1–3 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 4–3 0–2 1–3 2–2 1–3 0–1
Oxford United 2–3 4–0 0–3 1–2 1–0 1–0 0–0 2–2 5–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 3–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 3–3 0–1 0–0 1–1
Rushden & Diamonds 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–2 1–1 0–0 0–1 0–2 1–0 1–2 1–1 2–2 2–3 0–1 1–0 5–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 2–1 3–2 2–1 1–1
Salisbury City 0–4 3–3 2–0 0–2 4–1 3–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 3–3 0–1 2–0 3–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 3–0
Stafford Rangers 1–2 1–1 0–3 1–1 1–3 2–1 0–1 1–5 0–2 1–3 0–2 2–3 1–1 1–3 0–0 0–1 0–1 1–5 1–2 0–2 2–1 0–1 0–4
Stevenage Borough 3–1 2–1 3–3 1–2 3–1 5–0 3–1 0–1 4–0 0–0 0–0 2–3 2–1 2–1 1–2 0–0 2–1 3–1 3–0 1–3 3–0 1–1 3–2
Torquay United 1–2 1–1 1–2 1–2 1–2 2–1 3–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 3–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 3–2 3–2 4–0 2–0 4–2 3–2 2–0 0–0
Weymouth 0–2 2–2 1–2 2–2 1–2 2–1 2–0 3–1 0–0 0–6 1–1 2–1 0–1 2–1 2–0 0–1 1–2 0–3 1–3 1–0 0–0 0–1 1–2
Woking 0–1 2–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 3–3 3–0 2–3 1–2 1–1 3–2 2–2 0–2 0–1 3–0 0–3
York City 2–0 2–2 0–0 1–2 1–1 2–1 0–1 3–2 4–1 0–2 2–0 3–2 1–4 2–2 1–1 0–1 2–3 1–3 2–0 0–2 0–1 2–0 2–3

Source: [2] Soccerbase
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Play-offs[edit]

  Semifinals
1st leg 1/2 May; 2nd leg 5/6 May
Final at Wembley
18 May 2008
                     
2nd  Cambridge United 2 2 4  
5th  Burton Albion 2 1 3  
    2nd  Cambridge United 0
  4th  Exeter City 1
3rd  Torquay United 2 1 3
4th  Exeter City 1 4 5  

Top scorers in order of league goals[edit]

Rank Player Club League Play-offs FA Cup FA Trophy Total
1 Stuart Fleetwood Forest Green Rovers 28 0 6 2 36
2 Steve Morison Stevenage Borough 22 0 0 1 23
3 Colin Little Altrincham 21 0 1 1 24
4 John Grant Aldershot Town 20 0 0 5 25
= Jon Shaw Halifax Town 20 0 1 4 25
6 Daryl Clare Burton Albion 19 3 2 3 24
= Tim Sills Torquay United 19 1 0 2 22
8 Richard Logan Exeter City 18 1 0 0 19
= Chris Zebroski Torquay United 18 2 0 0 20
= Matt Tubbs Salisbury City 18 0 0 0 18
11 Scott Rendell Cambridge United 17 0 4 2 19
= Mark Beesley Forest Green Rovers /
Cambridge United
17 0 2 0 19
= Iyseden Christie Kidderminster Harriers 17 0 0 0 17

Source:[1]

Conference North[edit]

Conference North
Season 2007–08[1][2]
Champions Kettering Town (1st Football Conference North title)
Direct promotion Kettering Town
Promoted through play-offs Barrow
demoted to Level 7, expelled or reformed Leigh RMI;
Nuneaton (reformed and demoted);
Boston United (expelled)
Promoted for the next season Fleetwood Town,
Gateshead,
King's Lynn
Matches played 462
Biggest home win Blyth SpartansWorcester City 6–0 (12 April 2008);
Kettering TownVauxhall Motors 6–0 (18 August 2007);
Stalybridge CelticRedditch United 6–0 (26 April 2008)
Biggest away win Vauxhall MotorsKettering Town 0–6 (1 March 2008)
Highest scoring Hyde UnitedVauxhall Motors 6–3 (13 August 2007)
Longest winning run ?
Longest unbeaten run ?
Longest losing run ?
Highest attendance ?
Lowest attendance ?
Average attendance ?

Promotion and relegation[edit]

A total of 22 teams contest the division, including 17 sides from last season, one relegated from Football League Two, two relegated from the Conference National and two promoted from the Northern Premier League.

Teams promoted from 2006–07 Northern Premier League

Teams relegated from 2006–07 Conference National

Teams relegated from 2006–07 League Two

Boston United were transferred down two divisions due to financial problems. At the end of the season still under entering administration, Boston United were relegated another division down.

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Kettering Town 42 17 1 3 57 19 13 6 2 36 15 93 34 + 59 97
2 Telford United 42 14 4 3 45 21 10 4 7 25 22 70 43 + 27 80
3 Stalybridge Celtic 42 12 4 5 47 24 13 0 8 41 27 88 51 + 27 79
4 Southport 42 10 8 3 38 21 12 3 6 39 29 77 50 + 27 77
5 Barrow 42 13 4 4 40 18 8 9 4 30 21 70 39 + 31 76
6 Harrogate Town 42 10 6 5 25 16 11 5 5 30 25 55 41 + 14 74
7 Nuneaton Borough 42 12 6 3 32 17 7 8 6 26 23 58 40 + 18 71 Demoted to the
Southern League Division One Midlands
[notes2 1]
8 Burscough 42 8 8 5 33 30 11 0 10 29 28 62 58 + 4 65
9 Hyde United 42 12 2 7 45 32 8 1 12 39 34 84 66 + 18 63
10 Boston United 42 12 3 6 39 22 5 5 11 26 35 65 57 + 8 59 Relegated to the
Northern Premier League Premier Division
[notes2 2]
11 Gainsborough Trinity 42 8 8 5 35 26 7 4 10 27 39 62 65 – 3 57
12 Worcester City 42 8 7 6 27 30 6 5 10 21 38 49 68 – 19 54
13 Redditch United 42 10 4 7 28 24 5 4 12 13 34 41 58 – 17 53
14 Workington 42 8 4 9 25 20 5 7 9 27 36 52 56 – 4 50
15 Tamworth 42 9 6 6 31 20 4 5 12 22 39 53 59 – 6 50
16 Alfreton Town 42 7 5 9 27 26 5 6 10 22 28 49 54 – 5 47
17 Solihull Moors 42 7 5 9 29 36 5 6 10 21 40 50 76 – 26 47
18 Blyth Spartans 42 7 2 12 27 31 5 8 8 25 31 52 62 – 10 46
19 Hinckley United 42 7 4 10 24 28 4 8 9 24 41 48 69 – 21 45
20 Hucknall Town 42 4 4 13 25 36 7 2 12 28 39 53 75 – 22 39
21 Vauxhall Motors 42 5 4 12 26 47 2 3 16 16 53 42 101 – 59 28 [notes2 3]
22 Leigh RMI 42 5 4 12 21 38 1 4 16 15 49 36 87 – 51 26 Relegated to Northern Premier League Premier Division
  • 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. ^ In June 2008 Nuneaton Borough went into liquidation but was immediately reformed as Nuneaton Town. They underwent a double demotion to the
    Southern League Division One Midlands, that is, to Level 8 of the English football league system.
  2. ^ Boston United were still in administration by the 2nd Saturday of May in 2008 and were therefore relegated again to the Northern Premier League Premier Division for the 2008–09 season.
  3. ^ Vauxhall Motors were reprieved from relegation due to Nuneaton Borough's liquidation and the Conference's decision to expel Boston United.
Key
Conference North Champions, promoted to Conference Premier
Promoted to Conference Premier through play-offs
Participated in play-offs
Relegated from The Football League, see Boston United
New club in the Conference; see also Boston United, Telford United
Relegated to Level 7
Expelled, or reformed and relegated to Level 8

Locations[edit]

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ALF BRW BLY BOS BUR GAI HAR HIN HUC HYD KET LEI NUN RED SOL SOU STL TAM TEL VAU WRC WRK
Alfreton Town 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–2 3–1 1–2 0–0 2–1 0–3 1–2 1–0 1–3 0–0 0–0 1–2 3–4 1–2 0–1 4–0 3–1 2–0
Barrow 2–1 1–1 1–0 4–1 4–1 2–2 0–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–2 0–1 2–0 5–1 1–0 1–3 2–0 4–0 4–1 1–0 1–1
Blyth Spartans 2–0 2–3 2–1 1–4 1–1 0–1 1–3 1–2 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–0 2–4 1–2 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–2 0–2 6–0 0–2
Boston United 2–1 2–1 3–2 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 2–3 2–1 0–1 5–1 1–1 3–0 2–0 1–2 3–1 1–0 2–1 5–1 2–2 2–0
Burscough 1–1 2–1 2–2 2–1 2–2 2–1 1–1 2–1 3–2 1–1 5–2 2–0 0–2 2–2 1–1 0–2 2–3 1–3 0–0 2–1 0–1
Gainsborough Trinity 2–2 1–1 4–0 1–3 0–1 0–1 2–2 4–1 3–3 3–1 2–1 1–1 3–0 0–2 0–3 2–1 1–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 1–1
Harrogate Town 0–1 2–2 0–1 3–2 0–1 3–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–2 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 3–2 1–0 2–0 0–1 1–1
Hinckley United 1–0 1–2 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–2 2–3 2–1 2–1 0–0 3–1 0–0 1–2 0–1 2–3 0–3 2–0 1–1 0–1 2–4 2–1
Hucknall Town 2–2 0–1 0–3 1–2 0–2 0–1 0–1 1–1 1–4 0–2 3–0 2–2 1–2 2–2 1–2 0–3 3–1 0–2 2–0 5–0 1–3
Hyde United 0–2 2–1 2–4 2–1 1–0 3–0 2–2 5–2 4–2 0–3 1–1 2–0 4–0 3–0 1–3 1–3 1–2 1–0 6–3 3–1 1–2
Kettering Town 1–1 3–1 1–0 3–0 0–1 2–1 3–1 5–2 3–2 0–2 3–0 3–2 2–0 6–1 5–2 0–1 2–1 3–0 6–0 3–0 3–1
Leigh RMI 1–0 1–2 0–2 2–2 2–1 1–3 0–2 2–1 2–0 1–5 1–4 1–3 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–3 0–0 0–3 3–1 0–1 2–1
Nuneaton Borough 1–0 0–0 1–1 2–2 2–3 2–2 1–2 4–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–2 2–1 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–0
Redditch United 1–1 0–5 1–0 3–1 3–1 1–0 1–3 3–2 0–1 3–1 0–2 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–1 0–2 3–1 0–1 2–0 3–0 2–0
Solihull Moors 0–3 1–1 0–1 1–3 1–3 3–1 3–1 0–2 2–2 1–4 1–3 1–0 3–1 0–0 4–1 0–4 1–0 2–0 1–1 2–3 2–2
Southport 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–2 1–0 3–0 0–0 4–0 5–0 2–1 0–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 3–2 2–3 2–2 1–1 3–2 0–1 1–1
Stalybridge Celtic 3–1 2–2 0–0 3–0 2–4 5–1 3–2 2–1 0–3 3–1 0–1 3–1 0–2 6–0 4–0 2–2 0–0 1–2 4–1 1–0 3–0
Tamworth 0–1 0–0 3–0 1–1 4–2 2–2 1–1 3–0 4–0 2–1 1–2 2–0 1–2 1–0 0–2 1–3 2–0 0–0 1–1 0–2 2–0
AFC Telford United 3–0 0–2 3–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 3–1 3–0 1–0 2–1 0–1 6–1 0–0 1–0 4–0 1–5 3–0 4–1 3–2 1–1 3–3
Vauxhall Motors 3–2 0–2 2–2 1–0 2–0 0–3 0–1 0–1 0–3 3–4 0–6 2–2 0–0 2–0 3–2 1–2 2–5 1–3 1–3 1–1 2–5
Worcester City 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 2–1 0–1 0–2 2–3 3–1 0–4 1–0 0–0 2–1 2–1 3–3 0–3 1–0 2–2
Workington 1–2 0–1 2–0 0–1 0–1 1–2 0–1 1–1 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–3 1–0 5–0 0–1 1–0 1–0

Source: Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2008–2009. Glenda Rollin & Jack Rollin (eds.). Headline, 2008.
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Play-offs[edit]

  Semifinals Final in Burton
                     
2nd  A.F.C. Telford United 0 0 0  
5th  Barrow 2 2 4  
    3rd  Stalybridge Celtic 0
  5th  Barrow 1
3rd  Stalybridge Celtic (pen.) 0 2 2 (5)
4th  Southport 1 1 2 (3)  

Conference South[edit]

Conference South
Season 2007–08[1][2]
Champions Lewes (1st Football Conference South title)
Direct promotion Lewes
Promoted through play-offs Eastbourne Borough
Relegated to Level 7 Cambridge City,
Sutton United
Promoted for the next season Chelmsford,
Team Bath,
AFC Wimbledon,
Worcester City
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1339 (2.9 per match)
Biggest home win BromleyThurrock 8–1 (26 December 2007)
Biggest away win Bognor RegisLewes 0–5 (27 August 2007);
MaidenheadEastleigh 0–5 (8 March 2008);
St Albans CityThurrock 0–5 (19 September 2007);
ThurrockHampton & Richmond 0–5 (7 September 2007)
Highest scoring BromleyThurrock 8–1 (26 December 2007)
Longest winning run ?
Longest unbeaten run ?
Longest losing run ?
Highest attendance ?
Lowest attendance ?
Average attendance ?

Promotion and relegation[edit]

A total of 22 teams contest the division, including 17 sides from last season, one relegated from the Conference National, two promoted from the Isthmian League and two promoted from the Southern Football League.

Teams promoted from 2006–07 Southern Football League

Teams promoted from 2006–07 Isthmian League

Teams relegated from 2006–07 Conference National

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Lewes 42 14 4 3 37 13 13 4 4 44 26 81 39 + 42 89
2 Eastbourne Borough 42 12 6 3 42 15 11 5 5 41 23 83 38 + 45 80
3 Hampton & Richmond Borough 42 10 8 3 49 23 11 6 4 38 26 87 49 + 38 77
4 Fisher Athletic 42 10 3 8 35 36 12 2 7 30 25 65 61 + 4 71
5 Braintree Town 42 13 4 4 30 14 6 8 7 22 28 52 42 + 10 69
6 Eastleigh 42 9 7 5 34 29 10 3 8 42 33 76 62 + 14 67
7 Havant & Waterlooville 42 14 3 4 33 16 5 7 9 26 37 59 53 + 6 67
8 Bath City 42 10 8 3 30 12 7 7 7 29 24 59 36 + 23 66
9 Newport County 42 9 5 7 37 27 9 7 5 27 22 64 49 + 15 66
10 Bishop's Stortford 42 9 6 6 43 32 9 4 8 29 28 72 60 + 12 64
11 Bromley 42 11 3 7 44 29 8 4 9 33 37 77 66 + 11 64
12 Thurrock 42 13 4 4 39 26 5 5 11 24 38 63 64 – 1 63
13 Hayes & Yeading United 42 7 9 5 40 35 7 3 11 27 38 67 73 – 6 54
14 Cambridge City 42 8 7 6 43 32 6 3 12 28 40 71 72 – 1 52 Demoted to the Southern League Premier Division [notes3 1]
15 Basingstoke Town 42 8 6 7 33 34 4 8 9 21 41 54 75 – 21 50
16 Welling United 42 6 5 10 23 34 7 2 12 18 30 41 64 – 23 46
17 Maidenhead United 42 2 6 13 24 34 9 6 6 32 25 56 59 – 3 45
18 Bognor Regis Town 42 6 5 10 21 31 5 6 10 28 36 49 67 – 18 44
19 St Albans City 42 5 5 11 21 35 5 7 9 22 34 43 69 – 26 42
20 Weston-super-Mare 42 6 4 11 28 38 3 6 12 24 47 52 85 – 33 37
21 Dorchester Town 42 5 4 12 17 33 3 6 12 19 37 36 70 – 34 34 [notes3 2]
22 Sutton United 42 2 3 16 13 45 3 6 12 19 41 32 86 – 54 24 Relegated to the Isthmian League Premier Division
  • 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. ^ Cambridge City demoted for failing to comply to stadium regulations.
  2. ^ Dorchester Town were reprieved from relegation due to Nuneaton Borough's liquidation and the Conference's decision to expel Boston United.
Key
Conference South Champions, promoted to Conference Premier
Promoted to Conference Premier through play-offs
Participated in play-offs
New club in the Conference; see also Hampton & Richmond Borough
Relegated to Level 7

Locations[edit]

Locations of the Football Conference South London teams 2007–2008

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BAS BAT BST BOG BRA BRO CAM DOR EAB EAS FIS H&R H&W H&Y LEW MAI NPC SAC SUT THU WEL WSM
Basingstoke Town 0–4 1–2 3–2 2–2 1–1 2–1 1–0 2–3 3–4 1–5 1–2 2–3 1–1 1–1 0–0 3–1 3–1 1–0 3–0 2–1 0–0
Bath City 0–1 4–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 2–0 0–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–0 2–3 3–1 2–0 1–0
Bishop's Stortford 0–0 1–1 5–3 3–4 2–0 4–0 0–0 2–1 2–2 1–2 6–2 4–1 0–1 1–5 2–1 0–0 3–4 3–1 1–0 1–2 2–2
Bognor Regis Town 1–1 1–3 0–2 2–1 1–2 2–0 0–0 0–2 0–3 0–1 2–4 1–1 3–0 0–5 1–2 0–2 1–0 1–1 3–1 0–0 2–0
Braintree Town 2–1 2–0 2–1 3–2 2–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–2 2–3 3–0 1–0 0–1 3–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 4–0
Bromley 3–2 1–1 3–1 2–1 4–0 3–1 0–1 1–3 1–2 1–2 0–2 2–1 2–1 1–2 1–1 2–2 3–4 1–0 8–1 2–0 3–1
Cambridge City 3–0 2–2 2–4 2–2 0–0 1–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–2 1–2 2–0 1–4 1–3 3–0 0–2 4–0 4–1 2–2 3–1 5–1
Dorchester Town 1–0 1–1 0–4 1–1 0–1 2–3 3–2 0–4 0–1 2–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–3 2–1 2–3 0–3 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–2
Eastbourne Borough 6–0 0–0 1–1 3–0 2–0 1–2 0–1 4–1 3–2 4–0 0–0 2–2 3–1 0–2 2–1 0–0 4–0 3–0 1–0 1–0 2–2
Eastleigh 1–1 4–4 0–0 1–0 2–1 1–4 1–0 3–1 1–2 3–0 1–1 1–1 1–4 3–0 3–2 0–2 1–1 1–2 0–0 3–1 3–2
Fisher Athletic 4–1 2–1 0–1 3–1 2–0 0–3 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–4 0–3 4–2 4–2 0–3 0–1 1–3 0–0 4–2 2–0 3–2 3–1
Hampton & Richmond 2–2 0–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 3–2 2–2 4–0 0–2 3–1 0–2 1–1 4–1 6–0 1–1 1–0 4–1 2–2 2–3 4–0 5–1
Havant & Waterlooville 1–1 1–0 1–2 2–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 4–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 0–3 4–1 1–2 0–3 2–0 3–1 2–0 3–0 1–0 1–1
Hayes & Yeading United 1–1 3–0 2–2 0–2 3–3 6–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 2–4 2–1 0–0 3–1 2–1 1–4 1–3 2–1 3–3 1–1 0–1 2–2
Lewes 4–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–0 2–2 3–1 2–0 2–2 3–2 1–0 1–2 4–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 0–2 4–0 1–0 2–0 3–0
Maidenhead United 1–2 0–1 5–0 1–2 0–1 2–3 1–1 3–1 1–2 0–5 2–3 1–2 3–3 0–1 0–0 2–3 0–0 1–1 1–2 0–1 0–0
Newport County 2–0 2–3 1–0 2–2 2–0 3–1 4–1 3–2 1–1 1–2 1–2 2–2 0–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–4 0–1 5–0
St Albans City 4–1 1–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–2 0–3 2–3 3–2 0–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 0–3 0–0 1–2 0–5 1–2 0–3
Sutton United 1–2 0–4 0–1 0–2 0–3 2–2 0–3 1–3 1–5 0–0 0–2 2–1 1–3 1–2 0–3 2–3 0–1 0–0 1–0 1–2 0–3
Thurrock 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 5–2 3–1 3–2 4–1 0–0 0–5 0–2 2–0 2–3 2–3 3–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 3–2
Welling United 0–1 1–0 2–1 2–3 0–2 3–1 2–6 1–1 1–0 3–1 0–1 1–3 1–1 1–2 0–4 0–2 1–2 0–0 0–0 2–2 2–1
Weston-super-Mare 3–3 0–2 0–4 3–2 1–2 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–2 0–3 1–1 2–2 3–1 3–1 1–2 1–2 2–2 0–3 3–0 3–1 0–3

Source: Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2008–2009. Glenda Rollin & Jack Rollin (eds.). Headline, 2008.
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Play-offs[edit]

  Semifinals Final in Stevenage
                     
2nd  Eastbourne Borough 2 3 5  
5th  Braintree Town 0 0 0  
    2nd  Eastbourne Borough 2
  3rd  Hampton & Richmond Borough 0
3rd  Hampton & Richmond B. (pen.) 1 0 1 (4)
4th  Fisher Athletic 1 0 1 (2)  

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2007–2008. Glenda Rollin & Jack Rollin (eds.). Headline, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c [1] Soccerbase
  3. ^ "England 2007–08". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 18 November 2010. 
  4. ^ Football Conference, 10 October 2007. Retrieved 30 October 2007.

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