2008–09 Northern Premier League

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The 2008–09 was the 41st season for the Northern Premier League Premier Division, and the second season for the Northern Premier League Division One North and South.

As continuing part of non-league restructuring, the Division One South temporarily has 20 teams, while the Division One North contains 21, with a targeted number for both of 22 teams. This will naturally affect the number of relegation slots available this season, as the league attempts to enlarge the size of the divisions at the end of the season.

Premier Division[edit]

Northern Premier League Premier Division
Season 2008–09
Champions Eastwood Town
Promoted Eastwood Town
Ilkeston Town
Relegated Cammell Laird
Witton Albion
Leigh Genesis
Prescot Cables
Matches played 465
Goals scored 1437 (3.09 per match)

The Premier Division features six new clubs:

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Eastwood Town (C) (P) 42 25 12 5 82 37 +45 87 Promotion to Conference North
2 Ilkeston Town (P) 42 23 13 6 59 34 +25 82 Qualification to Playoffs
3 Nantwich Town 42 22 10 10 83 41 +42 76
4 Guiseley 42 22 10 10 98 60 +38 76
5 Kendal Town 42 21 11 10 85 63 +22 74
6 F.C. United of Manchester 42 21 9 12 82 58 +24 72
7 Bradford Park Avenue 42 20 12 10 74 52 +22 72
8 Hednesford Town 42 21 6 15 78 52 +26 69
9 Ashton United 42 16 10 16 71 75 −4 58
10 North Ferriby United 42 16 6 20 67 65 +2 54
11 Frickley Athletic 42 13 15 14 50 58 −8 54
12 Ossett Town 42 15 8 19 71 74 −3 53
13 Marine 42 15 6 21 54 75 −21 51
14 Buxton 42 13 10 19 56 58 −2 49
15 Matlock Town 42 12 13 17 65 74 −9 49
16 Boston United 42 12 13 17 38 52 −14 49
17 Worksop Town 42 12 12 18 48 87 −39 48
18 Cammell Laird (R) 42 12 11 19 58 70 −12 0471 Relegation to NPL Division One North
19 Whitby Town 42 12 10 20 58 71 −13 46
20 Witton Albion (R) 42 12 6 24 53 73 −20 42 Relegation to NPL Division One South
21 Leigh Genesis (R) 42 11 7 24 42 88 −46 40 Relegation to NPL Division One North
22 Prescot Cables (R) 42 5 12 25 52 107 −55 27

Source: Unibond League.
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Cammell Laird relegated due to ground grading issues. Whitby Town reprieved.[1]
(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.

Playoffs[edit]

Semifinals Final
           
3 Nantwich Town 2
4 Guiseley 1
2 Ilkeston Town 2
3 Nantwich Town 1
2 Ilkeston Town 4
5 Kendal Town 3

Stadia and Locations[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity
F.C. United of Manchester Gigg Lane (Bury ground share) 11,840
Leigh Genesis Leigh Sports Village Stadium 10,000
Boston United York Street 6,643
Buxton The Silverlands 5,200
Bradford Park Avenue Horsfall Stadium 5,000
Worksop Town Watnall Road (Hucknall ground share) 5,000
Ashton United Hurst Cross 4,500
Ilkeston Town New Manor Ground 3,500
Nantwich Town The Weaver Stadium 3,500
Whitby Town Turnbull Ground 3,500
Prescot Cables Valerie Park 3,200
Burscough Victoria Park 3,054
Guiseley Nethermoor Park 3,000
Marine The Arriva Stadium 2,800
North Ferriby United Grange Lane 2,700
Eastwood Town Coronation Park 2,500
Kendal Town Lakeland Radio Stadium 2,400
Matlock Town Causeway Lane 2,214
Frickley Athletic Westfield Lane 2,087
Ossett Town Ingfield 2,000
Cammell Laird Kirklands Stadium 1,500

Division One North[edit]

Northern Premier League Division One North
Season 2008–09
Champions Durham City
Promoted Durham City
Newcastle Blue Star
Relegated None
Matches played 423
Goals scored 1447 (3.42 per match)

The Division One North features six new clubs:

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Durham City (C) (P) 40 25 12 3 98 41 +57 87 Promotion to NPL Premier Division
2 Skelmersdale United 40 26 8 6 96 51 +45 86 Qualification to Playoffs
3 Newcastle Blue Star (P) 40 21 10 9 93 54 +39 73
4 Colwyn Bay 40 23 7 10 72 49 +23 0731
5 Curzon Ashton 40 20 8 12 66 44 +22 68
6 Ossett Albion 40 19 9 12 76 61 +15 66
7 Lancaster City 40 19 8 13 69 64 +5 65
8 F.C. Halifax Town 40 17 12 11 71 52 +19 63
9 Wakefield 40 16 8 16 65 62 +3 56
10 Mossley 40 16 6 18 63 70 −7 54
11 Bamber Bridge 40 16 5 19 69 78 −9 53
12 Clitheroe 40 15 7 18 64 76 −12 52
13 Woodley Sports 40 16 3 21 57 74 −17 51
14 Chorley 40 13 8 19 56 66 −10 47
15 Trafford 40 13 7 20 72 83 −11 46
16 Garforth Town 40 13 5 22 77 99 −22 44
17 Radcliffe Borough 40 12 6 22 51 66 −15 42
18 Harrogate Railway Athletic 40 13 3 24 58 82 −24 42
19 Warrington Town 40 11 8 21 50 73 −23 41
20 Salford City 40 10 6 24 59 107 −48 36
21 Rossendale United 40 8 10 22 53 83 −30 0342

Source: Unibond League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Colwyn Bay deducted 3 points for fielding an ineligible player
2Rossendale United reprieved from relegation[2]
(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.

Playoffs[edit]

Semifinals Final
           
3 Newcastle Blue Star 2(4)
4 Colwyn Bay 2(2)
3 Newcastle Blue Star 4
5 Curzon Ashton 1
2 Skelmersdale United 0
5 Curzon Ashton 1

Division One South[edit]

Northern Premier League Division One South
Season 2008–09
Champions Retford United
Promoted Retford United
Stocksbridge Park Steels
Relegated Gresley Rovers
Matches played 383
Goals scored 1243 (3.25 per match)

The Division One South features seven new clubs:

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Retford United (C) (P) 38 24 9 5 88 34 +54 81 Promotion to NPL Premier Division
2 Belper Town 38 24 9 5 79 41 +38 81 Qualification to Playoffs
3 Stocksbridge Park Steels (P) 38 23 6 9 92 44 +48 75
4 Carlton Town 38 20 10 8 83 50 +33 70
5 Rushall Olympic 38 20 8 10 63 42 +21 68
6 Glapwell 38 21 5 12 78 58 +20 68
7 Stamford 38 15 16 7 65 51 +14 61
8 Shepshed Dynamo 38 16 8 14 61 61 0 56
9 Leek Town 38 14 12 12 63 60 +3 54
10 Lincoln United 38 14 9 15 58 65 −7 51
11 Sheffield 38 14 8 16 67 69 −2 50
12 Quorn 38 13 9 16 54 63 −9 48
13 Grantham Town 38 12 11 15 49 65 −16 47
14 Loughborough Dynamo 38 11 13 14 45 58 −13 46
15 Kidsgrove Athletic 38 12 5 21 49 62 −13 41
16 Willenhall Town 38 10 8 20 55 74 −19 38
17 Spalding United 38 10 7 21 41 82 −41 37
18 Goole 38 13 5 20 62 85 −23 0331
19 Gresley Rovers 38 6 7 25 41 78 −37 0252 Club folded, reformed in EMCFL
20 Brigg Town 38 3 5 30 41 92 −51 14

Source: Unibond League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored

1Goole deducted 1 point for fielding an ineligible player and 10 points for entering into administration
2Gresley Rovers resigned from the league. Brigg Town reprieved[3]
(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.

Playoffs[edit]

Semifinals Final
           
3 Stocksbridge Park Steels 5
4 Carlton Town 2
3 Stocksbridge Park Steels 1
2 Belper Town 0
2 Belper Town 1
5 Rushall Olympic 0

Cup Results[edit]

Challenge Cup: Teams from all 3 divisions.

  • Guiseley 3–2 AET Ilkeston Town

President's Cup: Teams from lower 2 divisions.

  • Trafford 2–0 Quorn

Chairman's Cup: Between Champions of NPL Division 1 North and NPL Division 1 South.

  • Durham City 2–1 Retford United

Peter Swales Shield[edit]

2009 Peter Swales Shield
Date 2 May 2009
Venue Coronation Park[4], Eastwood
Referee James Hermuzi[4]
Attendance 202
2008
2010

The 2009 version of the Peter Swales Shield saw the champions of the 2008–09 NPL Premier Division, Eastwood Town, play against the winners of the 2009 NPL Chairman's Cup, Durham City. Eastwood Town won the match 2–1.[5]

2 May 2009 Eastwood Town
(2008–09 NPL Premier Division Winners)
2–1 Durham City
(2009 NPL Chairman's Cup Winners)
Coronation Park, Eastwood  
15:00 Todd Goal 42' (pen.)
Rhead Goal 70'
Eastwood Town Report Moffatt Goal 90' Attendance: 202
Referee: James Hermuzi

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lairds Face Relegation After FA Ground Grading Decision". UniBond League. 2009-04-18. 
  2. ^ "Non-League System – Proposed Allocation of Clubs 2009/10" (PDF). The FA. 2009-05-29. Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Harrison, Mark (24 April 2009). "Club Statement: From Mark Harrison Chairman of Gresley Rovers". Gresley Rovers FC. Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Eastwood stay on course for the treble". Nottingham Post (Local World). 3 May 2009. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "May Results 2008/2009". The Northern Premier League. Archived from the original on 21 November 2009. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 

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