Conference North

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Conference North
Skrill North Logo.png
Country England
Founded 2004
Number of teams 22
Levels on pyramid 6
Step 2 (National League System)
Promotion to Conference Premier
Relegation to Northern Premier League Premier Division
Southern League Premier Division
Domestic cup(s) FA Cup
FA Trophy
Conference League Cup
Current champions A.F.C. Telford United
(2013–14)
Website Football Conference
2013–14 Football Conference

The Conference North (also known as The Skrill North for sponsorship reasons),[1] is a division of the Football Conference in England, taking its place immediately below the Conference Premier. Along with the Conference South. It is at Step 2 of the National League System and the sixth overall tier of the English football league system. It consists of teams located in northern England, the English Midlands and North Wales.

History[edit]

The Conference North was introduced in 2004 as part of a major restructuring of English non-League football.[2] The champions are automatically promoted to Conference Premier. A second promotion place goes to the winners of play-offs involving the teams finishing in second to fifth place. The three bottom clubs are relegated to Step 3 leagues. Teams from this division, as well as from the Conference South, enter the FA Cup at the Second Qualifying Round.

Current member clubs 2013–14[edit]

The current member clubs for the 2013–14 season are as follows:

The area covered by Conference North is coloured in red. Conference North teams also come from counties bordering Conference South (purple).
Club
Finishing position 2012–13
A.F.C. Telford United 24th in Conference National
Altrincham 4th
Barrow 22nd in Conference National
Boston United 16th
Brackley Town 3rd
Bradford Park Avenue 7th
Colwyn Bay 18th
Gainsborough Trinity 8th
Gloucester City 11th
Guiseley 2nd
Harrogate Town 6th
Hednesford Town 2nd in Northern Premier League Premier Division (won play-offs)
Histon 19th
Leamington 1st in Southern League Premier Division
North Ferriby United 1st in Northern Premier League Premier Division
Oxford City 10th
Solihull Moors 9th
Stalybridge Celtic 13th
Stockport County 21st in Conference National
Vauxhall Motors 12th
Worcester City 15th
Workington 14th

League champions[edit]

Blue Square North Trophy awarded to Southport, 2009–10 season.

All the winners of the league title and winners of the play-off final since the league's formation in 2004 are as follows:

Season Winner Playoff Winner
2004–05 Southport Altrincham
2005–06 Northwich Victoria Stafford Rangers
2006–07 Droylsden Farsley Celtic
2007–08 Kettering Town Barrow
2008–09 Tamworth Gateshead
2009–10 Southport Fleetwood Town
2010–11 Alfreton Town AFC Telford United
2011–12 Hyde Nuneaton Town
2012–13 Chester F.C. Halifax Town
2013-14 AFC Telford United Altrincham

Current league stadia[edit]

The stadiums of all teams in the league for the 2012–13 season are listed below in capacity order:

Home Club Stadium Name Capacity
Stockport County Edgeley Park 10,841
Gloucester City Whaddon Road 7,066
Boston United York Street 6,643
Hednesford Town Keys Park 6,500
Stalybridge Celtic Bower Fold 6,500
Telford United New Bucks Head 6,300
Altrincham Moss Lane 6,085
Barrow Holker Street 5,000
Worcester City St Georges Lane 4,850
Gainsborough Trinity The Northolme 4,304
Histon Bridge Road 4,300
Harrogate Town Wetherby Road 3,800
Brackley Town St. James Park 3,500
Bradford Park Avenue Horsfall Stadium 3,500
Vauxhall Motors Rivacre Park 3,300
Workington Borough Park 3,101
Solihull Moors Damson Park 3,050
Guiseley Nethermoor Park 16,000
North Ferriby United Grange Lane 2,700
Colwyn Bay Llanelian Road 2,500
Leamington New Windmill Ground 2,300
Oxford City Court Place Farm 2,000

League records[edit]

Record Home Win Fleetwood Town 8–0 Redditch United, 14 November 2009,[3] and Altrincham 8–0 Hinckley United, 17 November 2012[4]
Record Away Win Redditch United 0–9 Boston United, 21 August 2010[5]
Highest Scoring Game Stalybridge Celtic 3–7 Hyde, 1 January 2007
Most Points in a Season Chester – 107 points, Season 2012–2013
Most Wins in a Season Chester – 34, Season 2012–2013
Fewest Defeats in a Season Chester – 3, Season 2012–2013
Most Goals Scored in a season Chester – 103, Season 2012 – 2013
Best Goal Difference Chester – +71, Season 2012 – 2013
Most League Titles 2 – Southport
Most Consecutive Wins 15 games (21 Feb 2006 to 22 Apr 2006) – Northwich Victoria
Most Consecutive Clean Sheets 10 games (30 Aug 2010 to 09 Nov 2010) – Boston United
Longest Unbeaten Run 30 games (15 Sep 2012 to 06 Apr 2013) – Chester

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Skrill announced as new Football Conference sponsor". Non-League Bets. 26 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Football Conference – History". Football Conference. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Fleetwood Town 8-0 Redditch Utd". BBC Sport. 14 November 2009. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "ALTRINCHAM VS. HINCKLEY UNITED 8 – 0". Soccerway. 17 November 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Redditch United 0-9 Boston United". BBC Sport. 21 August 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 

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