2002–03 Football Conference

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The 2002–03 Football Conference season was the 24th season of the Football Conference.

Overview[edit]

This season the number of teams promoted to the Football League Division Three was increased from one to two, and play-offs were introduced to determine the second team to be promoted, along with the Conference champions. The bottom three, as usual, were relegated to either the Northern Premier League, the Southern Premier League or the Isthmian League.

Yeovil Town clinched the league title and won promotion to the Football League Division Three.

Doncaster Rovers also earned promotion to Division Three following their 3–2 play-off win over Dagenham & Redbridge, during extra time with a sudden death goal in the 110th minute.

The regular season began on 17 August 2002, and ended on 26 April 2003.

Changes since the previous season[edit]

Final league table[edit]

Football Conference
Season 2002–03[1][2]
Champions Yeovil Town (1st Football Conference title)
Direct promotion Yeovil Town
Promoted through play-offs Doncaster Rovers
FA Trophy winners Burscough
(Northern Premier League Premier Division) (1st FA Trophy title)
Relegated to Level 6 Kettering Town,
Nuneaton Borough,
Southport
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1342 (2.9 per match)
Top goalscorer Paul Barnes (Doncaster Rovers), 25
Biggest home win YeovilSouthport 6–0 (5 October 2002)
Biggest away win WokingMorecambe 0–6 (22 February 2003)
Highest scoring Burton AlbionTelford 4–7 (8 February 2003)
Longest winning run ?
Longest unbeaten run ?
Longest losing run ?
Highest attendance Yeovil Town v Chester City, 8,111 (26 April 2003)
Lowest attendance ?
Average attendance 1,616 (+ 18% compared with the previous season)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Yeovil Town 42 16 5 0 54 13 12 6 3 46 24 100 37 + 63 95
2 Morecambe 42 17 3 1 52 13 6 6 9 34 29 86 42 + 44 78
3 Doncaster Rovers 42 11 6 4 28 17 11 6 4 45 30 73 47 + 26 78
4 Chester City 42 10 6 5 36 21 11 6 4 23 10 59 31 + 28 75
5 Dagenham & Redbridge 42 12 5 4 38 23 9 4 8 33 36 71 59 + 12 72
6 Hereford United 42 9 5 7 36 22 10 2 9 28 29 64 51 + 13 64
7 Scarborough 42 12 3 6 41 28 6 7 8 22 26 63 54 + 9 64
8 Halifax Town 42 11 5 5 34 28 7 5 9 16 23 50 51 – 1 64
9 Forest Green Rovers 42 12 3 6 41 29 5 5 11 20 33 61 62 – 1 59
10 Margate 42 8 9 4 32 24 7 2 12 28 42 60 66 – 6 56
11 Barnet 42 9 4 8 32 28 4 10 7 33 40 65 68 – 3 53
12 Stevenage Borough 42 7 6 8 31 25 7 4 10 30 40 61 55 + 6 52
13 Farnborough Town 42 8 6 7 37 29 5 6 10 20 27 57 56 + 1 51
14 Northwich Victoria 42 6 5 10 26 34 7 7 7 40 38 66 72 – 6 51
15 Telford United 42 7 2 12 20 33 7 5 9 34 36 54 69 – 15 49
16 Burton Albion 42 6 6 9 25 31 7 4 10 27 46 52 77 – 25 49
17 Gravesend & Northfleet 42 8 5 8 37 35 4 7 10 25 38 62 73 – 11 48
18 Leigh RMI 42 8 5 8 26 34 6 1 14 18 37 44 71 – 27 48
19 Woking 42 8 7 6 30 35 3 7 11 22 46 52 81 – 29 47
20 Nuneaton Borough 42 9 4 8 27 32 4 3 14 24 46 51 78 – 27 46 Relegated to Southern League
21 Southport 42 6 8 7 31 32 5 4 12 23 37 54 69 – 15 45 Relegated to Northern Premier League
22 Kettering Town 42 4 3 14 23 39 4 4 13 14 34 37 73 – 36 31 Relegated to 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: 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw.
Key
Football Conference Champions, promoted to Football League Division Three
Promoted to Football League Division Three through play-offs
Participated in play-offs
FA Trophy winners, Burscough (Northern Premier League Premier Division)
Conference League Cup; competition not held
Relegated from the The Football League
New club in the Conference, see also Kettering Town
Relegated to Level 6

Locations[edit]

Locations of the Football Conference London teams 2002–2003

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BRN BRT CHE D&R DON FAR FGR GRN HAL HER KET LEI MAR MOR NOR NUN SCA SOU STB TEL WOK YEO
Barnet 2–2 0–3 2–1 1–2 1–2 2–0 1–4 0–0 2–1 0–2 4–0 0–1 1–1 3–4 2–1 3–0 3–1 0–2 3–0 0–0 2–1
Burton Albion 0–3 2–0 0–0 1–2 2–0 2–3 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 0–1 0–1 1–4 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–2 4–7 0–2 1–1
Chester City 1–1 2–1 5–2 1–0 0–2 0–1 1–1 2–0 0–1 0–0 2–1 5–0 2–1 2–3 1–2 0–0 2–0 2–0 4–1 2–2 2–2
Dagenham & Redbridge 5–1 1–2 1–0 3–3 1–0 3–1 4–0 0–0 1–0 3–1 3–1 3–0 1–1 2–0 1–2 1–0 0–3 3–2 1–1 1–1 0–4
Doncaster Rovers 2–1 1–0 0–0 5–1 1–0 1–0 4–1 0–0 1–0 3–1 3–1 3–0 1–1 2–0 1–2 1–0 0–3 3–2 1–1 1–1 0–4
Farnborough Town 2–2 5–1 1–2 1–0 0–0 0–3 1–1 3–0 2–2 0–1 1–0 4–1 2–3 3–2 0–2 1–1 2–1 0–1 2–2 5–0 2–4
Forest Green Rovers 4–4 2–0 0–2 5–2 1–2 3–1 2–1 0–2 1–3 1–0 4–1 4–1 1–0 1–0 6–1 0–0 0–2 0–3 1–1 3–2 2–1
Gravesend & Northfleet 2–2 3–2 0–1 1–2 2–2 0–0 1–1 1–0 3–0 0–2 1–3 1–2 3–2 1–1 4–1 5–2 1–3 2–1 0–2 4–2 2–4
Halifax Town 2–4 0–1 0–0 3–3 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 4–0 1–0 2–2 1–0 0–5 3–1 2–1 3–4 1–0 2–0 1–1 2–3
Hereford United 4–0 4–0 0–0 2–1 2–4 2–1 1–1 3–0 1–1 2–0 0–1 2–3 1–2 1–2 2–1 0–1 0–2 2–2 2–0 5–0 0–0
Kettering Town 1–2 1–2 0–1 1–3 0–2 1–4 2–3 1–1 0–1 2–3 0–1 1–1 3–2 2–2 3–0 1–3 1–0 1–0 2–4 0–3 0–1
Leigh RMI 4–2 4–2 0–4 1–3 0–2 3–2 1–0 0–0 0–2 0–2 2–2 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–1 0–3 1–0 2–4
Margate 2–2 0–0 0–1 0–1 2–1 0–0 3–0 4–2 2–1 0–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 4–4 1–1 3–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–2
Morecambe 1–1 5–0 1–1 2–1 3–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–0 2–1 3–0 3–1 3–2 3–1 3–0 3–1 1–0 5–0 1–2
Northwich Victoria 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 1–2 2–2 2–1 1–2 0–2 2–2 1–2 0–1 1–0 3–2 3–1 0–2 2–1 1–1 2–1 1–3 1–2
Nuneaton Borough 3–2 1–2 1–0 1–3 0–3 0–2 3–2 0–1 2–0 0–3 1–0 0–1 3–2 1–1 1–4 1–1 3–2 3–0 1–0 1–1 1–0
Scarborough 1–1 4–1 0–1 0–1 2–5 1–0 3–0 3–2 0–1 2–1 4–1 2–0 3–2 1–0 4–1 4–1 2–2 1–2 1–4 1–1 2–1
Southport 2–1 2–2 1–3 2–3 0–4 0–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–2 0–0 4–2 0–2 2–3 1–1 1–0 1–1 3–2 1–1 5–1 0–1
Stevenage Borough 1–2 0–1 0–1 2–0 2–3 5–0 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–2 2–0 3–1 1–3 1–1 2–2 3–1 1–1 3–0 1–3 1–1 2–2
Telford United 2–1 0–2 0–1 1–2 4–4 0–2 0–1 2–1 1–2 0–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 0–3 1–0 1–2 0–2 2–0 1–3 1–0 0–5
Woking 0–0 2–2 1–0 0–0 2–2 1–1 1–0 2–3 2–1 1–2 2–1 3–0 1–5 0–6 2–3 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–5 3–0 1–1
Yeovil Town 0–0 6–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–0 2–2 3–0 4–0 4–0 3–1 2–1 2–0 2–1 3–2 1–0 6–0 2–1 3–0 4–0

Source: [1] 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]

The Conference National play-offs determine the second team that will be promoted to the Football League Division Three. The teams placed second through fifth qualify for the play-offs. The semi-finals are played in a two-leg, home and away format, while the final is played as one leg, and this season it was held on 10 May 2003 at Britannia Stadium, Stoke, before a crowd of 13,092.

  Semi-finals
1st leg – 1 May 2003; 2nd leg – 5 May 2003
Final at Britannia Stadium,
Stoke-on-Trent 10 May 2003
                     
3rd  Doncaster Rovers (pen.) 1 1 2 (4)  
4th  Chester City 1 1 2 (3)  
    3rd  Doncaster Rovers (a.e.t., golden goal) 3
  5th  Dagenham & Redbridge 2
2nd  Morecambe 1 2 3 (2)
5th  Dagenham & Redbridge (pen.) 2 1 3 (3)  

Source:[1]

Top scorers in order of league goals[edit]

Rank Player Club League Play-offs FA Cup FA Trophy LDV Total
1 Paul Barnes Doncaster Rovers 25 1 2 0 0 28
2 Kirk Jackson Yeovil Town 24 0 1 1 1 27
3 Gregg Blundell Doncaster Rovers 20 0 0 2 0 22
4 Junior Agogo Barnet 20 0 0 0 0 20
5 Wayne Curtis Morecambe 18 0 0 0 0 18
6 Dino Maamria Stevenage Borough 17 0 1 0 0 18
= Daryl Clare Chester City 17 0 0 0 0 17
8 Mark Stein Dagenham & Redbridge 16 3 0 2 0 21
= Christian Moore Burton Albion 16 0 2 0 0 18
= Steve West Dagenham & Redbridge 16 0 0 1 0 17
= David Brown Telford United 16 0 0 1 0 17
12 Neil Grayson Forest Green Rovers 15 0 0 5 0 20
= Mark Quayle Chester City 15 0 1 0 0 16
14 Warren Patmore Woking 14 0 0 2 0 16
= Paul Moore Telford United 14 0 0 1 0 15
16 Kayode Odejayi Forest Green Rovers 13 0 1 2 0 16
= Lee Elam Morecambe 13 0 1 1 0 15
= Kevin Gall Yeovil Town 13 0 0 1 0 14
= Steve Guinan Hereford United 13 0 0 0 0 13

Source:[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2003–2004. Glenda Rollin & Jack Rollin (eds.), Headline, 2003.
  2. ^ Soccerbase

External links[edit]