Conference South

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Conference South
Skrill South 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 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
2013–14 Football Conference

Conference South (as of 2014 billed as The Vanarama Conference South for sponsorship reasons[1]) 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.

From the 2007–08 season to 2009–10 it was known as Blue Square South; it was then known as the Blue Square Bet South. Then in the 2013/14 season became known as the Skrill South[2] and is now known as the Vanarama Conference South following a new three year sponsorship deal announced in July 2014.

Conference South clubs, 2013–14[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 2012-13
Basingstoke Town 14th
Bath City 11th
Bishop's Stortford 17th in Conference North
Boreham Wood 9th
Bromley 15th
Chelmsford City 5th
Concord Rangers 4th in Isthmian League Premier Division (won play-offs)
Dorchester Town 8th
Dover Athletic 3rd
Eastbourne Borough 12th
Eastleigh 4th
Ebbsfleet United 23rd in Conference National
Farnborough 13th
Gosport Borough 5th in Southern League Premier Division (won play-offs)
Havant & Waterlooville 10th
Hayes & Yeading United 17th
Maidenhead United 19th
Staines Town 18th
Sutton United 6th
Tonbridge Angels 16th
Weston-super-Mare 7th
Whitehawk 1st in Isthmian League Premier Division

Conference South stadia, 2013-14[edit]

Home Club Stadium Name Capacity
Bath City Mayday Trust Park 8,840
Sutton United Borough Sports Ground 7,032
Dover Athletic Crabble Athletic Ground 6,500
Hayes & Yeading United Kingfield Stadium 6,036
Basingstoke Town The Camrose 6,300
Bromley Courage Stadium 6,000
Havant & Waterlooville Westleigh Park 5,250
Ebbsfleet United Stonebridge Road 5,011
Dorchester Town The Avenue Stadium 5,009
Bishop's Stortford ProKit UK Stadium 4,525
Eastbourne Borough Priory Lane 4,134
Boreham Wood Meadow Park 4,190
Gosport Borough Privett Park 4,500
Farnborough Paddy Power Park 5,490
Eastleigh Silverlake Stadium 3,500
Weston-super-Mare Woodspring Stadium 3,500
Chelmsford City Melbourne Stadium 3,065
Staines Town Wheatsheaf Park 3,009
Maidenhead United York Road 3,000
Tonbridge Angels Longmead Stadium 3,000
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. ^ "Vanarama announced as new Football Conference sponsor". Non-League Bets. 30 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Skrill announced as new Football Conference sponsor". Non-League Bets. 26 July 2013. 

External links[edit]