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The 2009–10 Football Conference season was the sixth season with the Football Conference consisting of three divisions, and the thirty-first season overall. The Conference covers 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 play-off of the National division were promoted to Football League Two, while the bottom four were relegated to the North or South divisions. The champions of the North and South divisions were promoted to the National division, alongside the play-off winners from each division. The bottom three in each of the North and South divisions were relegated to the premier divisions of the Northern Premier League, Isthmian League or Southern League. For sponsorship reasons, the Conference Premier is frequently referred to as the Blue Square Premier.

Conference Premier[edit]

A total of 24 teams contested the division, including 18 sides from last season, two 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 2008–09 Conference North

Teams promoted from 2008–09 Conference South

Teams relegated from Football League Two 2008-09

Luton Town became the first team to drop from the Football League Championship to the Conference in successive seasons and in the process ended an 89-year stay in the Football League.

On 26 February 2010, Chester City were expelled from the Conference for numerous rule breaches.[1] Since no appeal was forthcoming, their results were expunged on 8 March 2010.[2]

League table[edit]

Conference Premier
Season 2009–10
Champions Stevenage Borough (2nd Football Conference title)
Promoted to League Two Stevenage Borough,
Oxford United
Relegated to Conference South Ebbsfleet United
Relegated to Southern Football League Premier Division Salisbury City
Relegated to Isthmian League Division One North Grays Athletic
Matches played 506
Goals scored 1293 (2.56 per match)
Top goalscorer Richard Brodie (York City), 26
Biggest home win Rushden & DiamondsGateshead 8–0 (13 March 2010), Luton TownHayes & Yeading United 8–0 (27 March 2010)
Biggest away win Eastbourne BoroughStevenage Borough 0–6 (2 March 2010)
Highest scoring Luton TownHiston 6–3, Rushden & DiamondsGrays Athletic 5–4
Longest winning run ?
Longest unbeaten run ?
Longest losing run ?
Average attendance 2,045 (+15% compared with the previous season)
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Stevenage Borough (C) (P) 44 30 9 5 79 24 +55 99 Promotion to 2010–11 League Two
2 Luton Town 44 26 10 8 84 40 +44 88 Qualification to Playoffs
3 Oxford United (P) 44 25 11 8 64 31 +33 86
4 Rushden & Diamonds 44 22 13 9 77 39 +38 79
5 York City 44 22 12 10 62 35 +27 78
6 Kettering Town 44 18 12 14 51 41 +10 66
7 Crawley Town 44 19 9 16 50 57 −7 66
8 AFC Wimbledon 44 18 10 16 61 47 +14 64
9 Mansfield Town 44 17 11 16 69 60 +9 62
10 Cambridge United 44 15 14 15 65 53 +12 59
11 Wrexham 44 15 13 16 45 39 +6 58
12 Salisbury City 44 21 5 18 58 63 −5 058* Southern League Premier Division
13 Kidderminster Harriers 44 15 12 17 57 52 +5 57
14 Altrincham 44 13 15 16 53 51 +2 54
15 Barrow 44 13 13 18 50 67 −17 52
16 Tamworth 44 11 16 17 42 52 −10 49
17 Hayes & Yeading United 44 12 12 20 59 85 −26 48
18 Histon 44 11 13 20 44 67 −23 46
19 Eastbourne Borough 44 11 13 20 42 72 −30 46
20 Gateshead 44 13 7 24 46 69 −23 045
21 Forest Green Rovers 44 12 9 23 50 76 −26 045
22 Ebbsfleet United (R) 44 12 8 24 50 82 −32 44 Relegation to Conference South
23 Grays Athletic 44 5 13 26 35 91 −56 026 Isthmian League Division One North
24 Chester City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 00 Club expelled, record expunged

Updated to games played on 24 April 2010.
Source: Football Conference
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.
*Salisbury City were initially deducted 10 points for entering administration,[3] and were demoted to the Southern League at the end of the season for failing to come out it.[4]
Chester City were initially deducted 25 points for entering administration and insolvency,[5] but were later expelled on 26 February 2010 and their record (P28 W5 D7 L16 GF23 GA42 Pts-3) was expunged on 8 March 2010.[2]
Gateshead deducted one point for failing to fulfil a fixture.[6]
Grays Athletic were deducted two points for fielding ineligible players.[7] Grays were demoted from the Conference Premier but declined to join the Conference South for financial reasons. They later applied to join the Isthmian League, and were accepted into the Isthmian League Division One North for 2010–11.[8]
Forest Green Rovers reprieved from relegation.

Play-offs[edit]

  Semifinals Final at Wembley
                     
5  York City 1 1 2  
2  Luton Town 0 0 0  
    5  York City 1
  3  Oxford United 3
4  Rushden & Diamonds 1 0 1
3  Oxford United 1 2 3  

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity
Wrexham Racecourse Ground 15,550
Oxford United Kassam Stadium 12,500
Gateshead Gateshead International Stadium 11,800
Luton Town Kenilworth Road 10,226
Mansfield Town Field Mill 10,000
Cambridge United Abbey Stadium 9,617
York City Bootham Crescent 9,196
Stevenage Borough The Lamex Stadium 7,100
Hayes & Yeading United Church Road 6,500
Rushden & Diamonds Nene Park 6,441
Kidderminster Harriers Aggborough 6,238
Kettering Town Rockingham Road 6,170
Altrincham Moss Lane 6,085
Chester Deva Stadium 5,328
Forest Green Rovers The New Lawn 5,147
Ebbsfleet United Stonebridge Road 5,011
Crawley Town Broadfield Stadium 4,996
AFC Wimbledon Kingsmeadow 4,720
Barrow Holker Street 4,256
Eastbourne Borough Priory Lane 4,134
Grays Athletic New Recreation Ground 4,100
Tamworth The Lamb Ground 4,000
Histon Bridge Road 3,800
Salisbury City Raymond McEnhill Stadium 3,500

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] WIM ALT BRW CAM CHR CRA EAB EBB FGR GAT GRY H&Y HIS KET KID LUT MAN OXF R&D SAL STB TAM WRE YOR
AFC Wimbledon 1–1 0–2 0–0 1–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 2–0 0–2 5–0 4–0 1–2 0–1 1–1 2–0 0–1 0–1 4–0 0–3 0–1 2–2 0–1
Altrincham 0–1 0–1 0–2 0–0 3–0 1–1 2–2 3–2 1–1 3–2 2–1 2–0 3–2 0–1 1–2 0–1 2–2 5–0 0–1 0–0 1–3 0–0
Barrow 2–2 0–3 0–1 4–1 3–2 2–0 1–1 3–3 2–2 1–1 0–0 0–2 1–0 0–1 3–1 1–1 1–6 0–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–0
Cambridge United 2–2 0–0 0–2 0–1 0–1 4–0 7–0 3–0 3–0 4–1 2–1 0–2 2–0 3–4 3–2 1–1 2–2 3–1 1–3 2–0 2–0 0–1
Chester
Crawley Town 2–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–2 2–1 3–1 1–4 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–1 2–2 2–1 0–2 1–2 2–1 2–0 0–3 2–0 1–0 3–1
Eastbourne Borough 1–0 2–2 2–1 2–2 0–2 1–2 1–0 2–1 2–2 3–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 1–2 1–0 1–1 0–1 0–6 1–1 2–1 3–1
Ebbsfleet United 2–2 1–2 1–4 1–3 0–0 3–2 4–3 2–0 2–1 1–2 0–1 1–2 0–0 1–6 2–1 0–2 0–0 1–2 2–1 0–1 0–1 1–0
Forest Green Rovers 2–5 4–3 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–0 1–2 1–1 0–1 1–4 0–1 1–0 3–1 0–1 3–4 0–2 2–1
Gateshead 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–1 3–0 1–3 3–1 3–0 0–0 0–3 0–2 0–2 0–1 1–3 0–1 0–0 2–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–2
Grays Athletic 2–4 0–3 3–3 2–0 2–3 1–0 0–3 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–3 0–2 1–1 0–4 0–3 0–2 1–2 1–0 0–2 0–4
Hayes & Yeading United 1–0 1–2 1–1 3–0 2–1 1–1 4–2 2–3 3–2 4–0 0–2 1–2 2–2 2–3 1–1 2–1 1–6 3–4 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–1
Histon 1–3 0–0 2–2 1–1 0–1 2–0 1–0 5–2 0–0 0–0 3–3 1–0 1–1 0–2 0–5 3–4 0–1 2–0 0–2 1–0 0–0 1–1
Kettering Town 1–2 2–0 2–1 0–1 1–1 4–0 3–0 0–2 4–0 2–0 0–1 1–1 0–2 0–0 2–2 1–1 0–3 1–2 1–1 0–0 2–2 0–1
Kidderminster Harriers 0–1 3–0 1–2 1–0 1–0 0–2 2–2 2–1 3–2 4–1 1–0 3–0 0–1 1–2 3–1 3–1 1–1 0–1 0–2 0–0 2–0 0–1
Luton Town 1–2 0–0 1–0 2–2 3–0 4–1 2–3 2–1 2–1 6–0 8–0 6–3 0–1 3–1 4–1 2–1 0–2 4–0 0–1 2–1 1–0 1–1
Mansfield Town 0–1 1–1 4–1 2–1 4–0 1–1 3–0 1–0 0–2 0–0 3–1 1–1 0–0 3–3 0–0 2–1 3–2 4–2 2–3 0–0 0–1 0–1
Oxford United 2–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 3–1 4–0 4–2 0–0 2–1 5–0 1–2 2–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 2–1
Rushden & Diamonds 0–1 0–1 4–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 4–2 8–0 5–4 2–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–2 1–0 3–2 0–0 0–1
Salisbury City 0–2 4–1 3–0 2–1 2–2 1–1 3–1 1–3 0–1 2–0 3–1 3–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–3 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–0
Stevenage Borough 0–0 1–1 4–0 4–1 2–0 2–0 3–0 2–0 5–3 1–1 4–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 0–1 3–1 1–0 2–1 3–1 1–1 0–0 1–0
Tamworth 2–2 0–2 3–0 0–0 0–1 1–1 3–4 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–2 1–3 1–3 2–1 1–1 2–4 0–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–3
Wrexham 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–2 2–0 3–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–1 0–2 3–0 1–2 2–2 3–0 2–1 0–1 0–1 1–2 0–1 0–0 1–0
York City 5–0 2–1 3–0 2–2 2–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 4–1 3–1 2–0 3–2 0–0 3–0 1–1 0–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–1

Updated to games played on 24 April 2010.
Source: Football Conference
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Updated to games played on 24 April.[9]
Pos Player Team Goals
1 Richard Brodie York City 26
Matt Tubbs Salisbury City
3 Tom Craddock Luton Town 23
4 James Constable Oxford United 22
5 Danny Kedwell AFC Wimbledon 21
6 Danny Crow Cambridge United 19
7 Jake Speight Mansfield Town 17
8 Moses Ashikodi* Ebbsfleet United 16
Kevin Gallen Luton Town
Magno Vieira Ebbsfleet United
11 Daryl Clare** Gateshead 15
Chris Senior Altrincham
13 Rob Duffy Mansfield Town 14
Yemi Odubade Stevenage Borough
Lee Tomlin Rushden & Diamonds

Scoring[edit]

Discipline[edit]

Sequences[edit]

Clean sheets[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
August[34][35] Chris Wilder Oxford United George Pilkington Luton Town
September[36] Chris Wilder Oxford United Ryan Clarke Oxford United
October[37][38] David Holdsworth Mansfield Town Paul Farman Gateshead
November[39][40] Martin Foyle York City Richard Brodie York City
December[41] Terry Brown AFC Wimbledon Seb Brown AFC Wimbledon
January[42][43] Graham Westley Stevenage Borough Magno Vieira Ebbsfleet United
February[44][45] Steve Burr Kidderminster Harriers Chris Senior Altrincham
March[46][47] Richard Money Luton Town Claude Gnakpa Luton Town
April[48][49] Tommy Widdrington Salisbury City Mark Roberts Stevenage Borough

Conference North[edit]

Conference North
Season 2009–10
Champions Southport
Promoted Southport
Fleetwood Town
Relegated None

A total of 22 teams contested the division, including 17 sides from last season, one relegated from the Conference Premier and four promoted from the lower leagues.

In April 2009, the Conference decided to demote King's Lynn at the end of the 2008–09 season, because their ground did not meet Conference standards.[50] Farsley Celtic resigned from the league on 8 March 2010 and their playing record was expunged on 12 March. Both Harrogate Town and Vauxhall Motors were reprieved from relegation following Farsley Celtic's withdrawal from the league, Chester's expulsion from the Conference Premier and Northwich Victoria's demotion to the Northern Premier League under financial rules.

Promotion and relegation[edit]

Teams promoted from 2008–09 Northern Premier League

Teams promoted from 2008–09 Southern Football League

Teams relegated from 2008–09 Conference Premier

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Southport (C) (P) 40 25 11 4 91 45 +46 86 Promotion to Conference Premier
2 Fleetwood Town (P) 40 26 7 7 86 44 +42 85 Qualification to Conference North play-offs
3 Alfreton Town 40 21 11 8 77 45 +32 74
4 Workington 40 20 10 10 46 37 +9 70
5 Droylsden 40 18 10 12 82 62 +20 64
6 Corby Town 40 18 9 13 73 62 +11 63
7 Hinckley United 40 16 14 10 60 52 +8 62
8 Ilkeston Town 40 16 13 11 53 45 +8 61
9 Stalybridge Celtic 40 16 7 17 71 64 +7 55
10 Eastwood Town 40 15 9 16 50 55 −5 54
11 A.F.C. Telford United 40 14 9 17 52 55 −3 51
12 Northwich Victoria 40 15 13 12 62 55 +7 048* Northern Premier League
13 Blyth Spartans 40 13 9 18 67 72 −5 48
14 Gainsborough Trinity 40 12 11 17 50 57 −7 47
15 Hyde United 40 11 12 17 45 72 −27 45
16 Stafford Rangers 40 10 14 16 59 70 −11 44
17 Solihull Moors 40 11 9 20 47 58 −11 42
18 Gloucester City 40 12 6 22 47 59 −12 42
19 Redditch United 40 10 8 22 49 83 −34 38
20 Vauxhall Motors 40 7 14 19 45 81 −36 035
21 Harrogate Town 40 8 6 26 41 80 −39 030
22 Farsley Celtic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Club expelled, record expunged

Updated to games played on 17 May 2010.
Source: Football Conference
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
* Northwich Victoria were originally thrown out of the Football Conference for going into administration, but they successfully appealed, and were allowed to play in the Conference North starting on −10 points.[51]
Farsley Celtic resigned on 8 March 2010 and their record (P30 W14 D2 L14 GF48 GA55 Pts34) was expunged on 12 March 2010.[52] Prior to this Farsley were in administration and, like Northwich Victoria, had been allowed to play in the Conference North starting on −10 points.
Northwich Victoria were demoted to the Northern Premier League after the end of the season.
Vauxhall Motors and Harrogate Town were reprieved from relegation.[53]
(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.

Play-offs[edit]

  Semifinals Final
                     
5  Droylsden 2 1(3) 3  
2  Fleetwood Town 0 3(4) 3  
    2  Fleetwood Town 2
  3  Alfreton Town 1
4  Workington 0 1 1
3  Alfreton Town 1 3 4  

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity
Stalybridge Celtic Bower Fold 6,500
A.F.C. Telford United New Bucks Head 6,300
Southport Haig Avenue 6,008
Redditch United The Valley 5,000
Gloucester City The Corinium Stadium 4,500
Northwich Victoria Victoria Stadium 4,500
Blyth Spartans Croft Park 4,450
Hinckley United De Montfort Park 4,329
Gainsborough Trinity The Northolme 4,304
Stafford Rangers Marston Road 4,150
Hyde United Ewen Fields 4,100
Farsley Celtic Throstle Nest 3,900
Fleetwood Town Highbury Stadium 3,663
Alfreton Town North Street 3,600
Ilkeston Town New Manor Ground 3,500
Harrogate Town Wetherby Road 3,300
Workington Borough Park 3,101
Solihull Moors Damson Park 3,050
Corby Town Rockingham Triangle 3,000
Droylsden Butcher's Arms Ground 3,000
Eastwood Town Coronation Park 2,500
Vauxhall Motors Rivacre Park 2,500

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] TEL ALF BLY COR DRO EAS FAR FLE GAI GLO HAR HIN HYD ILK NOR RED SOL SOU STA STL VAU WRK
A.F.C. Telford United 2–0 1–1 2–4 1–2 1–1 0–0 2–2 0–1 2–1 2–2 4–0 0–0 1–2 3–0 0–0 0–2 2–1 0–1 5–1 1–0
Alfreton Town 4–0 1–0 1–0 5–0 1–1 1–4 1–0 3–1 3–1 3–2 4–0 2–0 3–2 3–0 3–0 1–1 3–1 3–5 2–2 2–0
Blyth Spartans 4–0 2–0 1–2 2–2 1–3 2–3 2–1 0–3 1–0 6–1 4–3 1–4 0–1 1–0 2–0 0–2 2–2 4–1 3–2 0–0
Corby Town 1–2 1–2 4–2 1–0 1–1 0–2 2–2 3–6 3–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–0 2–2 1–2 1–1 3–2 5–1 4–1 0–2
Droylsden 1–5 0–0 2–1 1–2 0–1 2–0 4–1 2–2 5–0 0–0 1–0 2–0 5–1 6–1 5–3 0–3 7–1 3–2 1–1 0–1
Eastwood Town 1–1 2–1 4–2 0–1 2–1 0–1 1–0 0–3 1–0 1–0 2–0 0–3 1–1 3–1 2–1 0–3 0–0 1–3 0–0 1–2
Farsley Celtic
Fleetwood Town 3–1 2–2 4–2 4–2 3–0 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–2 3–1 1–1 1–0 0–3 8–0 3–0 4–0 2–1 2–0 4–2 4–0
Gainsborough Trinity 0–1 3–2 2–0 2–0 4–2 1–4 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–4 3–0 0–0 2–4 1–3 1–3 2–0 0–1
Gloucester City 0–1 1–2 3–1 1–2 1–4 1–3 1–2 1–0 0–1 3–5 2–0 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–0 2–2 2–0 1–2 1–0 0–2
Harrogate Town 0–3 0–4 2–5 0–4 2–2 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–1 2–1 3–2 0–1 2–3 1–4 0–4 3–0 1–2
Hinckley United 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 0–2 2–0 1–0 3–2 1–2 1–0 1–1 5–1 0–3 4–1 3–1 0–0 1–1 1–2
Hyde United 1–1 1–5 0–3 1–3 2–1 1–0 2–1 4–2 1–1 1–0 3–2 1–1 1–1 3–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–2 0–2
Ilkeston Town 2–1 0–0 2–1 3–2 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 3–3 0–1 1–1 1–1 3–2 1–0 3–2 2–3 3–2 4–0 1–3
Northwich Victoria 2–0 1–1 5–1 2–2 2–5 4–4 0–3 0–1 1–0 3–2 0–1 3–1 4–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–1 0–0 2–3
Redditch United 3–0 3–0 2–2 1–0 1–3 1–2 0–0 0–3 4–1 2–0 0–2 0–0 2–2 1–1 1–4 2–2 1–2 1–4 1–1 2–1
Solihull Moors 0–1 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–2 2–1 1–2 0–1 0–1 1–0 2–4 3–0 0–3 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 4–0 1–2
Southport 3–0 1–3 3–2 4–0 3–3 5–1 5–0 0–0 3–2 3–1 1–1 4–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 3–0 4–2 2–1 3–0 2–0
Stafford Rangers 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–2 3–3 2–2 2–1 1–0 1–0 2–3 1–1 0–1 2–2 0–1 2–3 1–2 1–2 3–1 2–0
Stalybridge Celtic 0–3 0–1 0–1 1–3 2–2 1–0 2–3 3–2 4–1 3–0 0–0 2–4 1–0 1–1 3–0 4–1 0–1 2–2 3–1 2–2
Vauxhall Motors 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–4 1–2 3–2 2–1 2–2 0–0 1–2 1–1 1–0 4–2 1–0 0–5 0–2 1–3 2–2 3–2 1–1
Workington 2–1 0–1 3–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–1 2–2 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–2 1–1 1–0 1–0

Updated to games played on 24 April 2010.
Source: Football Conference
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
August[34][35] Paul Cox Eastwood Town Ciaran Kilheeney Southport
September[54][55] Steve Burr Stalybridge Celtic Dan Lowson Ilkeston Town
October[37][38] Liam Watson Southport Mark Danks Northwich Victoria
November[39][40] Dean Thomas Hinckley United Adam Webster Hinckley United
December[56][57] Steve Burr Stalybridge Celtic Andy Ducros Redditch United
January[42][43] Darren Edmondson Workington Nick Rogan Fleetwood Town
February[44][45] Nicky Law Alfreton Town Andy Brown A.F.C. Telford United
March[46][47] Brian Little Gainsborough Trinity Adam Warlow Fleetwood Town

Conference South[edit]

Conference South
Season 2009–10
Champions Newport County
Promoted Newport County
Bath City
Relegated Lewes
Matches played 462

A total of 22 teams contested the division, including 17 sides from last season, three relegated from the Conference Premier and two promoted from the Isthmian League.

Team Bath announced that they were to leave the Football Conference from the end of the 2008–09 season. The club decided to fold, after being informed they could not be promoted to the professional leagues, which also lead to them no longer being able to play FA Cup games. Thus Thurrock were reprieved from relegation.

Promotion and relegation[edit]

Teams promoted from 2008–09 Isthmian League

Teams relegated from 2008–09 Conference Premier

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Newport County (C) (P) 42 32 7 3 93 26 +67 103 Promotion to Conference Premier
2 Dover Athletic 42 22 9 11 66 47 +19 75 Qualification to Conference South Playoffs
3 Chelmsford City 42 22 9 11 62 48 +14 75
4 Bath City (P) 42 20 12 10 66 46 +20 72
5 Woking 42 21 9 12 57 44 +13 72
6 Havant & Waterlooville 42 19 14 9 65 44 +21 71
7 Braintree Town 42 18 17 7 56 41 +15 71
8 Staines Town 42 18 13 11 59 40 +19 67
9 Welling United 42 18 9 15 66 51 +15 63
10 Thurrock 42 16 13 13 66 60 +6 61
11 Eastleigh 42 17 9 16 71 66 +5 60
12 Bromley 42 15 10 17 68 64 +4 55
13 St Albans City 42 15 10 17 45 55 −10 55
14 Hampton & Richmond 42 14 9 19 56 66 −10 51
15 Basingstoke Town 42 13 10 19 49 68 −19 49
16 Maidenhead United 42 12 12 18 52 59 −7 48
17 Dorchester Town 42 13 9 20 56 74 −18 48
18 Bishop's Stortford 42 12 11 19 48 59 −11 47
19 Lewes 42 9 15 18 49 63 −14 42
20 Worcester City 42 10 10 22 48 60 −12 040
21 Weston-super-Mare 42 5 8 29 48 93 −45 023
22 Weymouth (R) 42 5 7 30 31 103 −72 22 Relegation to Level 7

Updated to games played on 24 April 2010.
Source: Football Conference
Worcester City and Weston-super-Mare reprieved from relegation
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.

Play-offs[edit]

  Semifinals Final
                     
5  Woking 2 0 2  
2  Dover Athletic 1 0 1  
    4  Bath City 1
  5  Woking 0
4  Bath City 2 1 3
3  Chelmsford City 0 0 0  

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity
Bath City Twerton Park 8,800
Dover Athletic Crabble Stadium 6,500
Weymouth The Wessex Stadium 6,500
Woking Kingfield Stadium 6,036
Basingstoke Town The Camrose 6,000
Havant & Waterlooville West Leigh Park 5,250
Dorchester Town Avenue Stadium 5,009
Bromley Courage Stadium 5,000
Worcester City St George's Lane 4,749
Newport County Newport Stadium 4,700
St Albans City Clarence Park 4,500
Welling United Park View Road 4,500
Braintree Town Cressing Road 4,145
Bishop's Stortford Woodside Park 4,000
Thurrock Ship Lane 3,500
Weston-super-Mare Woodspring Stadium 3,500
Chelmsford City Melbourne Stadium 3,000
Eastleigh Silverlake Stadium 3,000
Hampton & Richmond Beveree Stadium 3,000
Lewes The Dripping Pan 3,000
Maidenhead United York Road 3,000
Staines Town Wheatsheaf Park 3,000

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BAS BAT BST BRA BRO CHE DOR DOV EAS H&R H&W LEW MAI NPC SAC STA THU WEL WSM WEY WOK WRC
Basingstoke Town 1–0 0–2 0–1 2–3 2–1 2–1 1–3 0–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–5 1–1 0–1 0–4 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–2 0–1
Bath City 4–3 2–2 2–4 0–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 0–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–0 5–0 1–1
Bishop's Stortford 0–2 1–5 0–0 3–0 0–1 2–0 0–2 0–1 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–2 0–0 2–0 2–2 0–0 0–4 3–0 0–1 0–3 2–1
Braintree Town 1–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–0 2–0 1–2 2–2 2–0 3–1 1–0 1–0 3–2 1–0 0–0
Bromley 2–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 3–3 3–1 2–2 3–0 1–2 0–2 3–0 1–2 2–3 2–0 0–2 2–3 0–1 1–1 4–0 3–1 2–0
Chelmsford City 1–2 4–3 3–0 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 2–0 0–1 1–0 3–1 2–2 2–1 0–2 1–0
Dorchester Town 6–1 2–2 2–0 5–0 0–0 0–3 1–3 1–2 2–1 4–3 1–1 4–2 0–0 3–0 2–2 1–0 1–2 4–2 0–0 1–1 1–1
Dover Athletic 2–3 2–1 2–0 0–0 1–0 0–1 4–1 2–1 4–2 4–0 2–0 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–0 5–3 2–0 0–2 0–2
Eastleigh 6–0 1–1 1–1 1–2 6–1 3–1 2–0 1–2 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–3 1–4 0–1 0–0 2–8 1–3 3–1 4–0 0–2 4–1
Hampton & Richmond 0–1 3–1 1–3 2–2 0–2 2–1 1–2 1–4 4–1 1–1 1–2 4–0 0–4 3–0 1–4 1–1 2–2 2–1 3–0 0–2 2–2
Havant & Waterlooville 0–2 2–2 2–1 1–1 2–1 5–2 0–1 2–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 4–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–2 6–0 3–1 1–1 3–2
Lewes 0–0 1–2 2–1 2–2 1–0 0–2 5–0 6–2 1–2 1–0 0–3 1–2 0–3 0–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 3–3
Maidenhead United 3–2 1–2 4–0 0–0 4–0 0–2 1–2 0–0 0–3 2–1 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–3 2–1 0–2 2–0 0–0 1–1 1–2 1–1
Newport County 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 4–0 3–0 3–0 5–1 3–1 2–0 2–2 4–1 5–0 1–0 5–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–0
St Albans City 2–0 0–2 2–4 1–1 2–0 0–1 2–1 1–2 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–3 1–0 1–2 2–1 2–1 0–1 2–0
Staines Town 0–1 1–1 2–2 2–1 2–2 0–1 3–0 0–0 1–2 4–0 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–0 4–3 3–0 1–1 3–0 3–1 3–0 0–1
Thurrock 0–0 3–1 2–2 1–2 3–6 1–1 5–2 0–2 3–2 0–2 0–0 3–1 2–2 2–1 0–0 1–2 3–2 2–1 2–1 2–2 2–1
Welling United 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–0 0–2 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–2 2–0 1–0 1–0 3–1 0–2 3–2 3–0 2–2 3–1 7–1 1–2 1–0
Weston-super-Mare 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–2 3–3 1–2 0–2 3–1 2–2 1–1 1–2 3–2 1–4 1–4 2–3 0–1 1–3 1–2 3–0 1–1 3–1
Weymouth 0–6 0–2 2–6 1–1 1–5 1–4 2–0 1–2 0–5 1–0 0–1 3–1 0–5 1–3 0–2 1–2 0–0 0–3 1–2 0–0 2–1
Woking 4–2 1–3 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–2 3–1 2–0 0–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–5 2–1 4–0 1–0
Worcester City 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–3 1–2 1–2 4–0 1–0 4–1 0–1 0–2 1–2 1–0 1–4 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–1 4–1 3–1 3–2

Updated to games played on 24 April 2010.
Source: Football Conference
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
August[34][35] Frank Gray Basingstoke Town Manny Williams Havant & Waterlooville
September[54][55] Dean Holdsworth Newport County Craig Reid Newport County
October[37][38] Alan Devonshire Hampton & Richmond Borough Will Hendry Maidenhead United
November[39][40] Dean Holdsworth Newport County Tom Whitnell Welling United
December[56][57] Glenn Pennyfather Chelmsford City Charlie Henry Newport County
January[42][43] Steve Cordery Staines Town Sam Foley Newport County
February[44][45] Dean Holdsworth Newport County Mitchell Bryant Basingstoke Town
March[46][47] Glenn Pennyfather Chelmsford City Lee Clarke Welling United

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