Conference North

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Conference North
Vanarama Conference North Logo.png
Country England & Wales
Founded 2004
Number of teams 22
Level 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 Barrow
Website Football Conference
2014–15 Football Conference

The Conference North 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, Suffolk, the English Midlands and North Wales. As part of a sponsorship deal with Vanarama, the Conference North is now known as the Vanarama Conference North[1]


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 2014–15[edit]

The current member clubs for the 2014–15 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).
Finishing position 2013–14
A.F.C Fylde 3rd in Northern Premier League (won play-offs)
Barrow 11th
Boston United 6th
Brackley Town 7th
Bradford Park Avenue 10th
Chorley 1st in Northern Premier League
Colwyn Bay 12th
Gainsborough Trinity 16th
Gloucester City 17th
Guiseley 5th
Harrogate Town 9th
Hednesford Town 4th
Hyde 24th in Conference National
Leamington 13th
Lowestoft Town 4th in Isthmian Premier League (won play-offs)
North Ferriby United 2nd
Oxford City 20th (Reprieved)
Solihull Moors 8th
Stalybridge Celtic 19th
Stockport County 14th
Tamworth 23rd in Conference National
Worcester City 15th

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
2014–15 Barrow

Current league stadia[edit]

The stadiums of all teams in the league for the 2014–15 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
Barrow Holker Street 5,000
Worcester City Aggborough 6,444
Gainsborough Trinity The Northolme 4,304
Tamworth F.C. The Lamb Ground 4,195
Chorley F.C. Victory Park, Chorley 4,100
Hyde F.C. Ewen Fields 4,073
Harrogate Town Wetherby Road 3,800
Brackley Town St. James Park 3,500
Bradford Park Avenue Horsfall Stadium 3,500
A.F.C. Fylde Kellamergh Park 3,180
Solihull Moors Damson Park 3,050
Lowestoft Town F.C. Crown Meadow 3,000
Guiseley Nethermoor Park 3,000
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 and A.F.C. Fylde 6-4 Gloucester City, 25 April 2015
Most points in a season Chester – 107 points, Season 2012–13
Most wins in a season Chester – 34, Season 2012–13
Fewest defeats in a season Chester – 3, Season 2012–13
Most goals scored in a season Chester – 103, Season 2012–13
Best goal difference Chester – +71, Season 2012–13
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]


  1. ^ "Vanarama announced as new Football Conference sponsor". Non-League Bets. 30 July 2014. 
  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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