Conference South

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Conference South
Vanarama Conference South Logo.png
Country  England
Founded 2004
Number of teams 21 (usually 22, however Salisbury City were expelled from the division [1] in the 2014/15 campaign)
Levels 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 Eastleigh
(2013-14)
Website Conference
2014–15 Football Conference

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.

Conference South clubs, 2014–15[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 2013-14
Basingstoke Town 14th
Bath City 7th
Bishop's Stortford 15th
Boreham Wood 13th
Bromley 3rd
Chelmsford City 17th
Concord Rangers 9th
Eastbourne Borough 10th
Ebbsfleet United 4th
Farnborough 16th
Gosport Borough 12th
Havant & Waterlooville 6th
Hayes & Yeading United 20th (Reprieved)
Hemel Hempstead Town 1st in Southern League Premier Division
Maidenhead United 18th
St Albans City 4th in Southern League Premier Division (won play-offs)
Staines Town 8th
Sutton United 2nd
Wealdstone 1st in Isthmian League Premier Division
Weston-super-Mare 11th
Whitehawk 19th

Conference South stadia, 2014-15[edit]

Home Club Stadium Name Capacity
Bath City Mayday Trust Park 8,840
Hayes & Yeading United York Road 3,000
Basingstoke Town The Camrose 6,000
Bromley Fortress Stadium 6,000
Farnborough Paddy Power Park 5,490
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
Boreham Wood Meadow Park 4,502
Eastbourne Borough Priory Lane 4,134
Gosport Borough Privett Park 4,500
St Albans City Clarence Park 4,500
Weston-super-Mare Woodspring Stadium 3,500
Hemel Hempstead Town Vauxhall Road 3,152
Chelmsford City Melbourne Stadium 3,065
Staines Town Wheatsheaf Park 3,009
Maidenhead United York Road 3,000
Wealdstone The Vale 2,640
Whitehawk The Enclosed Ground 2,000
Concord Rangers Thames Road 1,500

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

** 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
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. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/28662058
  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. 

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