1984–85 Alliance Premier League

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The Alliance Premier League season of 1984–85 (known as the Gola League 1984–85 for sponsorship reasons) was the sixth season of the Alliance Premier League. This was the first year where the Isthmian League acted as an APL feeder league.

New teams in the league this season[edit]

Final table[1][edit]

Alliance Premier League
Season 1984–85
Champions Wealdstone (1st Alliance Premier League title)
Promoted to the Football League None
Runners-up Nuneaton Borough
Relegated to
Level 6
Gateshead,
Worcester City,
Yeovil Town
Promoted for the next season Cheltenham Town,
Stafford Rangers,
Wycombe Wanderers
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1343 (2.91 per match)
Top goalscorer Paul Culpin (Nuneaton Borough), 36
Biggest home win BarnetWealdstone 7–0
Biggest away win Bath CityKettering Town 1–6;
GatesheadEnfield 0–6
Highest scoring AltrinchamBoston United 7–2;
WeymouthGateshead 5–4
Longest winning run ?
Longest unbeaten run ?
Longest losing run ?
Highest attendance ?
Lowest attendance ?
Average attendance ?
Locations of the Alliance Premier League 1984–1985 London teams
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Wealdstone 42 8 8 5 31 26 12 2 7 33 28 64 54 + 10 62
2 Nuneaton Borough 42 13 8 0 55 23 6 6 9 30 30 85 53 + 32 58
3 Dartford 42 7 7 7 28 25 10 6 5 29 23 57 48 + 9 57
4 Bath City 42 15 1 5 30 22 6 8 7 22 27 52 49 + 3 57
5 Altrincham 42 13 2 6 39 21 8 4 9 24 26 63 47 + 16 56
6 Scarborough 42 10 7 4 35 20 7 6 8 34 42 69 62 + 7 54
7 Enfield 42 11 7 3 48 27 6 6 9 36 34 84 61 + 32 53
8 Kidderminster Harriers 42 8 4 9 40 38 9 4 8 39 39 79 77 + 2 51
9 Northwich Victoria 42 9 4 8 22 19 7 7 7 28 27 50 46 + 4 50
10 Telford United 42 10 7 4 36 24 5 7 9 23 30 59 54 + 5 49
11 Frickley Athletic 42 12 3 6 38 25 6 4 11 27 46 65 71 – 6 49
12 Kettering Town 42 9 6 6 37 22 6 6 9 31 37 68 59 + 9 48
13 Maidstone United 42 10 7 4 38 24 5 6 10 20 27 58 51 + 7 48
14 Runcorn 42 6 9 6 27 21 7 6 8 21 26 48 47 + 1 48
15 Barnet 42 9 7 5 36 20 6 4 11 23 32 59 52 + 7 47
16 Weymouth 42 13 1 7 41 32 2 12 7 29 34 70 66 + 4 45
17 Boston United 42 10 5 6 43 32 5 5 11 26 37 69 69 ± 0 45
18 Barrow 42 6 9 6 25 22 5 7 9 22 35 47 57 – 10 43
19 Dagenham 42 8 6 7 28 27 5 4 12 19 40 47 67 – 20 41
20 Worcester City 42 7 4 10 29 36 5 5 11 26 48 55 84 – 29 38 Relegated to the Southern League
21 Gateshead [notes 1] 42 5 6 10 27 42 4 6 11 24 40 51 82 – 31 33 Relegated to the Northern Premier League
22 Yeovil Town 42 4 7 10 26 36 2 4 15 18 51 44 87 – 43 25 Relegated to the Isthmian 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 from the 1983–84 season until 1987: 2 points for a home win, 3 points for an away win, 1 point for a draw.
  1. ^ Gateshead had 1 point deducted.
Key
Football Conference Champions, no promotion
FA Trophy winners, see Wealdstone
Conference League Cup winners
New club in the Conference
Relegated to Level 6

Results[1][edit]

For this season, the Rothmans Football Yearbook 1985–86 had 15 incorrect match results in their results grid, which rendered it as good as useless. Correct results were obtained from the Football Conference, courtesy of Dennis Strudwick, general manager, and John Harman, Statistician.

Home \ Away[1] ALT BRN BRW BAT BOS DAG DAR ENF FRK GAT KET KID MAI NOR NUN RUN SCA TEL WEA WEY WRC YEO
Altrincham 0–2 2–0 0–0 7–2 3–1 2–1 3–2 3–4 2–0 2–1 2–1 2–0 1–2 1–0 0–1 3–0 0–1 1–2 2–0 1–1 2–0
Barnet 1–0 4–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 0–1 3–2 1–2 1–1 4–2 2–4 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 0–1 7–0 0–0 2–0 4–1
Barrow 0–2 1–0 0–1 1–1 3–1 0–0 1–1 6–0 0–1 0–1 3–1 0–2 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 3–3 1–0 2–2
Bath City 1–0 2–1 1–2 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 3–0 1–1 1–6 0–2 1–0 0–3 1–0 0–1 2–1 2–1 3–1 2–1 3–1 1–0
Boston United 0–0 2–1 1–3 1–2 4–1 2–0 3–2 2–1 1–1 3–1 2–3 1–0 3–4 2–3 2–0 3–3 1–3 1–1 2–2 4–1 3–0
Dagenham 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–2 0–1 0–3 4–1 0–2 2–1 2–2 4–1 2–1 2–1 2–1 0–2 1–0 1–2 2–2 1–3 2–0
Dartford 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–3 1–1 3–0 1–2 0–2 1–2 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–2 1–1 3–1 0–0 2–3 1–1 2–3 1–1
Enfield 3–3 3–3 0–0 1–1 1–1 3–2 0–1 1–0 3–1 5–3 5–2 1–2 3–2 1–0 1–1 3–4 0–0 2–0 2–1 6–0 4–0
Frickley Athletic 2–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–1 0–2 2–4 1–0 1–0 3–0 3–0 1–3 4–0 1–1 1–1 2–3 1–2 0–2 2–0 2–1 3–1
Gateshead 0–1 0–2 1–2 1–1 1–2 2–1 0–0 0–5 3–2 1–4 4–1 2–1 2–6 0–2 0–3 3–1 1–1 1–2 2–2 2–2 1–1
Kettering Town 1–2 4–0 0–0 1–2 2–1 0–1 0–2 4–3 5–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 3–0 0–1 4–2 0–1 1–1 1–0 3–0
Kidderminster Harriers 0–2 1–4 0–1 2–2 2–0 5–1 1–1 1–3 2–4 3–0 2–2 2–1 3–1 3–4 0–1 3–2 0–2 0–3 3–3 4–1 3–0
Maidstone United 3–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 0–1 2–1 2–2 1–1 1–0 3–0 1–4 1–0 2–2 5–1 2–2 0–0 0–1 1–4 4–0 3–3
Northwich Victoria 1–2 2–0 1–0 3–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–1 3–0 2–0 1–2 0–2 0–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 0–2 0–3 2–2 2–0
Nuneaton Borough 4–1 1–1 5–2 0–0 4–2 2–2 5–1 2–2 0–0 3–0 1–1 1–1 3–2 2–2 2–1 5–2 2–1 1–0 4–2 3–0 5–0
Runcorn 1–2 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–2 3–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 2–2 1–2 1–4 0–0 1–0 1–1 3–0 2–0 3–1 1–2 3–0
Scarborough 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 5–0 1–3 2–3 1–2 5–1 0–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 3–2 0–0 4–1 1–1 0–0 1–2 2–1
Telford United 0–2 1–0 3–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–0 5–3 1–1 1–1 3–2 0–0 0–1 2–1 3–1 1–2 4–2 0–0 1–1 3–1
Wealdstone 1–0 1–2 2–2 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–1 4–2 1–0 5–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–0 1–0 2–2 3–2 3–3 0–3
Weymouth 2–1 3–0 3–1 2–2 2–1 1–0 1–2 4–2 2–1 5–4 3–0 0–2 0–1 1–0 1–3 0–2 1–2 3–2 0–3 3–1 4–2
Worcester City 1–1 1–2 3–2 1–2 2–1 1–3 2–5 1–0 2–1 4–1 1–2 1–2 1–1 0–1 1–4 2–0 4–1 0–0 0–4 1–1 0–2
Yeovil Town 1–2 2–1 1–2 3–2 2–4 2–1 2–2 0–0 1–2 0–4 1–1 0–0 3–0 0–1 1–2 1–3 2–2 3–3 0–2 0–0 1–2

Source: Rothmans Football Yearbook 1985–86. Queen Anne Press, Macdonald Futura Publishers, London & Sydney, 1985; Football Conference statistics.
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Topscorers[1][edit]

Rank Player Club League FA Cup FA Trophy League Cup Total
1 Paul Culpin Nuneaton Borough 36
2 Gary Hooley Frickley Athletic 29
3 Frank Murphy Nuneaton 21
= John Powell Kidderminster Harriers 21
5 Paul Bennett Altrincham 20
6 Paul Davies Kidderminster Harriers 19
= Dave Flint Enfield 19
= Bob Lee Boston United 19
= Steve Mahoney Kidderminster Harriers 19
10 Ian Donaldson Gateshead 17
= Paul Moss Worcester City 17
12 Mike Doherty Weymouth 16
= Bill Jeffery Kettering Town 16
= Gerry Pearson Kidderminster Harriers 16
15 Mark Graves Wealdstone 15
16 Marshall Burke Scarborough 13
= Colin Cowperthwaite Barrow 13
= Nicky Evans Barnet 13
= Paul Reid Northwich Victoria 13
= Mark Smith Kettering Town 13
= Les Whitton Dagenham 13
22 Carl Richards Enfield 12
23 Mark Carter Runcorn 11

Promotion and relegation[edit]

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Relegated[edit]

Election to the Football League[edit]

This year Wealdstone, the winners of the Alliance Premier League, could not apply for election because they did not meet Football League requirements. 2nd placed Nuneaton could not apply either for the same reasons, and neither could 3rd placed Dartford, so 4th placed Bath City won the right to apply for election to the Football League to replace one of the four bottom sides in the 1984–85 Football League Fourth Division. The vote went as follows:

Club Final Position Votes
Northampton Town 23rd (Fourth Division) 52
Stockport County 22nd (Fourth Division) 50
Torquay United 24th (Fourth Division) 50
Halifax Town 21st (Fourth Division) 48
Bath City 4th (Alliance Premier League) 8

As a result of this, Bath City did not gain membership of the Football League.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Peter Dunk (ed.), Rothmans Football Yearbook 1985–86. Queen Anne Press, Macdonald & Co., London & Sydney, 1985.

External links[edit]