1968–69 Northern Premier League

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Northern Premier League
Season 1968–69
Champions Macclesfield Town
Promoted None
Relegated Ashington
Chorley
Worksop Town
Matches played 380
Goals scored 1,230 (3.24 per match)
Biggest home win Altrincham 8–1 Northwich Victoria[1]
(25 January 1969)
Biggest away win

South Liverpool 1–7 Bangor City[1]
(28 August 1968)
Goole Town 1–7 Bangor City[1]
(1 February 1969)

Ashington 0–6 Chorley[1]
(19 April 1969)
Highest scoring

Bangor City 7–3 Ashington[1]
(8 February 1969)

South Shields (2) 8–2 Runcorn[1]
(15 February 1969)

The 1968–69 Northern Premier League was the inaugural season of the Northern Premier League, a regional football league in Northern England, and the northern areas of the Midlands. The season began on 10 August 1969 and concluded on 10 May 1970.[1]

Founding Teams[edit]

The League features twenty teams transferred from the following leagues:

Final Table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv 1 Pts 2 Qualification or relegation
1 Macclesfield Town (C) 38 27 6 5 82 38 2.16 60
2 Wigan Athletic 38 18 12 8 59 41 1.44 48
3 Morecambe 38 16 14 8 64 37 1.73 46
4 Gainsborough Trinity 38 19 8 11 64 43 1.49 46
5 South Shields (2) 38 19 8 11 78 56 1.39 46
6 Bangor City 38 18 9 11 102 64 1.59 45
7 Hyde United 38 16 10 12 71 65 1.09 42
8 Goole Town 38 15 10 13 80 78 1.03 40
9 Altrincham 38 14 10 14 69 52 1.33 38
10 Fleetwood 38 16 6 16 58 58 1.00 38
11 Gateshead 38 14 9 15 42 48 0.88 37
12 South Liverpool 38 12 13 13 56 66 0.85 37
13 Northwich Victoria 38 16 5 17 59 82 0.72 37
14 Boston United 38 14 8 16 59 65 0.91 36
15 Runcorn 38 12 11 15 59 63 0.94 35
16 Netherfield 38 12 4 22 51 69 0.74 28
17 Scarborough 38 9 10 19 49 68 0.72 28
18 Ashington (R) 38 10 8 20 48 74 0.65 28 Relegated to Northern Alliance
19 Chorley (R) 38 8 9 21 46 75 0.61 25 Relegated to Lancashire Combination
20 Worksop Town (R) 38 6 8 24 34 88 0.39 20 Relegated to Midland League (1889)

1 The system of using goal average to separate two teams tied on points was used up until the 1976–77 season.

2 The points system up until the 1982–83 season: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for losing.

(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away ALT ASH BAN BOS CHO FLE GAI GAT GOO HYD MAC MOR NET NOR RUN SCA SLI SSH WIG WKS
Altrincham 6–0 2–1 1–1 3–0 1–1 3–0 1–0 6–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 8–1 3–1 2–0 1–2 1–1 0–3 3–2
Ashington 1–2 1–2 4–0 0–6 0–1 1–3 1–0 2–2 0–2 2–3 0–2 5–2 1–0 2–1 0–0 4–0 3–2 1–2 1–0
Bangor City 4–3 7–3 5–2 5–2 1–2 0–2 2–1 4–3 3–3 0–0 2–2 6–0 4–0 2–1 2–3 2–2 1–1 3–3 6–1
Boston United 2–1 0–2 2–6 0–2 0–0 1–1 0–1 4–2 3–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 6–0 2–2 1–0 1–1 5–3 1–2 0–1
Chorley 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–3 1–3 0–4 2–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–5 3–1 2–1 1–1 3–1 1–2 1–0 1–2 2–0
Fleetwood Town 2–0 2–1 4–1 3–0 2–2 0–3 3–1 0–2 0–2 1–2 1–2 2–1 2–3 5–0 1–0 1–3 1–3 1–2 6–2
Gainsborough Trinity 2–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 1–2 5–0 1–0 4–0 4–1 1–2 4–1 1–0 2–1 4–1 1–1 1–2 0–0 2–0
Gateshead 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 3–0 3–1 1–1 6–2 3–0 2–4 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 0–2 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–0
Goole Town 3–3 5–2 1–7 3–1 0–2 0–1 0–0 2–1 4–0 5–2 0–5 3–1 5–0 3–0 2–3 2–2 1–3 1–1 4–2
Hyde United 2–0 5–1 2–7 4–0 4–1 4–0 0–0 2–0 3–3 0–1 1–1 1–1 3–2 4–3 2–1 5–1 0–0 2–2 3–0
Macclesfield Town 2–1 1–0 3–1 2–0 2–1 3–2 2–0 3–0 3–0 4–0 2–2 2–0 2–0 1–0 3–3 5–0 3–0 2–0 3–1
Morecambe 3–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 5–0 2–0 2–3 3–0 1–2 3–0 2–3 2–0 1–1 2–1 3–0 2–2 0–0
Netherfield 2–2 3–2 0–1 2–1 3–1 4–0 2–1 0–1 3–3 2–1 1–2 0–2 4–1 0–1 5–1 2–0 3–0 0–1 3–0
Northwich Victoria 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–1 3–1 1–2 2–1 0–1 0–3 1–2 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–4 3–2 2–1 1–2 2–1 2–1
Runcorn 0–0 2–0 3–1 2–4 1–1 1–3 4–5 0–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 5–0 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 4–0
Scarborough 0–1 1–1 2–0 0–4 5–2 2–0 4–0 1–1 1–4 1–2 2–5 0–0 0–1 0–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–2 1–1
South Liverpool 0–0 6–0 1–7 3–0 5–3 2–0 0–3 3–1 0–0 3–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 3–4 2–2 4–1 2–2 1–1 0–0
South Shields 4–3 0–0 3–1 2–3 3–0 1–1 2–1 3–1 3–1 2–0 0–4 3–1 1–0 6–2 8–2 2–2 5–0 1–0 5–0
Wigan Athletic 3–2 1–1 4–0 0–3 1–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 1–0 3–1 2–3 3–1 2–1 2–1 1–3 3–1
Worksop Town 2–1 0–3 0–5 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–3 1–3 2–6 1–3 4–1 2–0 0–3 1–1 1–4 0–1 3–1 1–1

Updated to games played on 10 May 1969.
Source: Northern Premier Division results grid
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Stadium
Altrincham Moss Lane
Ashington Portland Park
Boston United York Street
Bangor City Farrar Road
Chorley Victory Park
Fleetwood Highbury
Gainsborough Trinity The Northolme
Gateshead Redheugh Park
Goole Town Victoria Pleasure Ground
Hyde United Ewen Fields
Macclesfield Town Moss Rose
Morecambe Christie Park
Netherfield Parkside
Northwich Victoria Drill Field
Runcorn Canal Street
Scarborough Athletic Ground
South Liverpool Holly Park
South Shields Simonside Hall
Wigan Athletic Springfield Park
Worksop Town Sandy Lane

Promotion and relegation[edit]

In the first season of the Northern Premier League none of the teams were put forward for election to the Football League nor automatically promoted. Conversely, none of the sides were relegated, but Ashington, Chorley and Worksop Town left the League at the end of the season, replaced by newly admitted:

Cup Results[edit]

Challenge Cup:

  • Bangor City 5–2 agg. Runcorn

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "The Football Archive 68-69". Football Archive. 

External links[edit]