Conference South

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Conference South
Vanarama Conference South Logo.png
Country  England
Founded 2004
Number of teams 22 (21 in the 2014/15 campaign as Salisbury City were expelled from the division[1])
Level on pyramid 6
Step 2 (National League System)
Promotion to Conference Premier
Relegation to Isthmian League Premier Division
Southern League Premier Division
Domestic cup(s) FA Cup
FA Trophy
Conference League Cup (defunct)
Current champions Bromley
(2014–15)
Website Conference
2015–16 season

Conference South (as of 2014 billed as The Vanarama Conference South for sponsorship reasons[2]) is one of the second divisions of the Football Conference in England, taking its place immediately below the Conference Premier. Along with Conference North it is at the second level of the National League System, and at the sixth tier overall of the English football league system.

The Conference South was introduced in 2004 as part of a major restructuring of the National League System. The champion team each year is automatically promoted to Conference Premier. A second promotion place goes to the winners of play-offs of the teams finishing in second place to fifth place. The three bottom clubs are relegated to Step 3 leagues.

For sponsorship reasons it has been known as Blue Square South (2007–2010), Blue Square Bet South (2010–2013), Skrill South (2013–2014)[3] and is now known as the Vanarama Conference South following a new three year sponsorship deal announced in July 2014. From the start of the 2015–16 season, the league will be known as the National League South.[4]

Conference South clubs, 2015–16[edit]

The area covered by Conference South is coloured in yellow. Conference South teams also come from counties bordering Conference North (purple).
Club
Finishing position 2014–15
Basingstoke Town 3rd
Bath City 14th
Bishop's Stortford 16th
Chelmsford City 10th
Concord Rangers 7th
Dartford 22nd (relegated from Conference Premier)
Eastbourne Borough 11th
Ebbsfleet United 8th
Gosport Borough 6th
Havant & Waterlooville 5th
Hayes & Yeading United 19th
Hemel Hempstead Town 9th
Maidenhead United 18th
Maidstone United 1st in Southern League Premier Division
Margate 3rd in Southern League Premier Division (won play-offs)
Oxford City 6th in Conference North (transferred)
St Albans City 13th
Truro City 3rd in Isthmian League Premier Division (won play-offs)
Sutton United 15th
Wealdstone 12th
Weston-super-Mare 17th
Whitehawk 4th

Conference South stadia, 2015–16[edit]

Home Club Stadium Name Capacity
Bath City Twerton Park 8,840
Basingstoke Town The Camrose 6,000
Hayes & Yeading United York Road 3,000
Havant & Waterlooville West Leigh Park 5,250
Sutton United Borough Sports Ground 5,013
Ebbsfleet United Stonebridge Road 5,011
Bishop's Stortford ProKit UK Stadium 4,525
Gosport Borough Privett Park 4,500
St Albans City Clarence Park 4,500
Eastbourne Borough Priory Lane 4,134
Dartford Princes Park 4,100
Truro City Treyew Road 3,500
Weston-super-Mare Woodspring Stadium 3,500
Concord Rangers The Aspect Arena 3,300
Hemel Hempstead Town Vauxhall Road 3,152
Chelmsford City Melbourne Stadium 3,065
Maidenhead United York Road 3,000
Wealdstone The Vale 2,640
Maidstone United Gallagher Stadium 2,500
Margate Hartsdown Park 2,100
Oxford City Court Place Farm 2,000
Whitehawk The Enclosed Ground 2,000

Past Conference South winners[edit]

Conference South trophy
Season Winner Playoff Winner
2004–05 Grays Athletic Eastbourne Borough **
2005–06 Weymouth St Albans City
2006–07 Histon Salisbury City
2007–08 Lewes Eastbourne Borough
2008–09 AFC Wimbledon Hayes & Yeading United
2009–10 Newport County Bath City
2010–11 Braintree Town Ebbsfleet United
2011–12 Woking Dartford
2012–13 Welling United Salisbury City
2013–14 Eastleigh Dover Athletic
2014–15 Bromley Boreham Wood

** Not promoted. In 2004–05 only three promotion places were available to the Conference National. The third place was decided in a Playoff at Stoke's Britannia Stadium, which Eastbourne lost 2–1 to the Conference North Playoff winners, Altrincham.

Records[edit]

Adam Birchall holds the record for the highest number of goals scored in a Conference South season.
Biggest home win 8 – Maidenhead United 8 Truro City 0, 08.09.2012
Biggest away win 7 – Dorchester Town 0 Grays Athletic 7, 23.10.2004
Highest scoring match 11 – Bognor Regis Town 6 Welling United 5, 11.09.2004
Bath City 7 Farnborough 4, 17.02.2015
Consecutive wins 12 – Welling United, 2012–13
Consecutive games unbeaten 21 – Newport County, 2009–10
Most wins in a season 32 – Newport County 2009–10
Fewest wins in a season 5 – Sutton United 2007–08
Fisher Athletic 2008–09
Weston-super-Mare & Weymouth 2009–10
Thurrock 2011–12
Most defeats in a season 34 – Fisher Athletic 2008–09
Fewest defeats in a season 3 – Newport County 2009–10
Most draws in a season 17 – Welling United 2005–06
Lewes 2006–07
Braintree Town 2009–10
Boreham Wood 2012–13
Fewest draws in a season 3 – Redbridge 2004–05
Eastleigh 2005–06
Fisher Athletic 2008–09
Most goals scored in a season 118 – Grays Athletic, 2004–05
Fewest goals scored in a season 22 – Fisher Athletic 2008–09
Most goals conceded in a season 103 – Weymouth 2009–10
Fewest goals conceded in a season 26 – Newport County, 2009–10
Most clean sheets in a season 23 – Newport County 2009–10
Most points in a season 103 – Newport County 2009–10
Most individual goals in a season 34 – Adam Birchall, Dover Athletic, 2010–11
Most individual goals in a game 6 – Mitchell Bryant, Weymouth 0 Basingstoke Town 6, 13.02.2010
Highest attendance 5,022 – Weymouth vs. St Albans City, 17.04.2006
Highest average attendance 3,219 – AFC Wimbledon, 2008–09

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC Sport – Salisbury City lose Conference expulsion appeal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Vanarama announced as new Football Conference sponsor". Non-League Bets. 30 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Skrill announced as new Football Conference sponsor". Non-League Bets. 26 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "BBC Sport – Football Conference to be renamed as National League". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 

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