National League North
|Number of teams||22|
|Level on pyramid||6
Step 2 (National League System)
|Promotion to||National League (division)|
|Relegation to||Northern Premier League Premier Division
Southern League Premier Division
|Domestic cup(s)||FA Cup
The National League North, formerly Conference North, is a division of the National League in England, taking its place immediately below the top division National League. Along with the National League 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. From the start of the 2015–16 season, the league has been known as the National League North. As part of a sponsorship deal with Vanarama, the National League North is now known as the Vanarama National League North.
The Conference North was introduced in 2004 as part of a major restructuring of English non-League football. The champions are automatically promoted to the National League. 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 National League South, enter the FA Cup at the Second Qualifying Round.
For sponsorship reasons, the division was known as the Nationwide North from its form in 2004 until 2007, when it was renamed the Blue Square North. In 2010 it was renamed the Blue Square Bet North. When Blue Square sponsorship ended in 2013, it was renamed the Skrill North until the 2014-15 season, when it was renamed the Vanarama North. A further name change followed in 2015, when the division was renamed the Vanarama National League North.
Current member clubs 2015–16
The current member clubs for the 2015–16 season are as follows:
||Finishing position 2014–15|
|A.F.C. Telford United||22nd (relegated from Conference Premier)|
|Alfreton Town||21st (relegated from Conference Premier)|
|Bradford Park Avenue||13th|
|Corby Town||1st (promoted from Southern Football League)|
|Curzon Ashton||4th (promoted via Northern Premier League Play-offs)|
|F.C. United of Manchester||1st (promoted from Northern Premier League)|
|North Ferriby United||10th|
|Nuneaton Town||24th (relegated from Conference Premier)|
All the winners of the league title and winners of the play-off final since the league's formation in 2004 are as follows:
Current league stadia
The stadiums of all teams in the league for the 2015–16 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|
|AFC Telford United||New Bucks Head||6,300|
|Nuneaton Town||A1 Gas Force Arena||4,500|
|FC United of Manchester||Broadhurst Park||4,400|
|Gainsborough Trinity||The Northolme||4,304|
|Tamworth||The Lamb Ground||4,195|
|Chorley||Victory Park, Chorley||4,100|
|Curzon Ashton||Tameside Stadium||4,000|
|Corby Town||Steel Park||3,893|
|Harrogate Town||Wetherby Road||3,800|
|Alfreton Town||North Street||3,600|
|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||Crown Meadow||3,000|
|North Ferriby United||Grange Lane||2,700|
|Record home win||Fleetwood Town 8–0 Redditch United, 14 November 2009, and Altrincham 8–0 Hinckley United, 17 November 2012|
|Record away win||Redditch United 0–9 Boston United, 21 August 2010|
|Highest-scoring game||Stalybridge Celtic 3–7 Hyde, 1 January 2007 and A.F.C. Fylde 6–4 Gloucester City, 25 April 2015|
|Highest League Attendance||4,797 - Stockport County Vs. F.C. United of Manchester, 5 December 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 April 2006) – Northwich Victoria|
|Most consecutive clean sheets||10 games (30 Aug 2010 to 9 November 2010) – Boston United|
|Longest unbeaten run||30 games (15 Sep 2012 to 6 April 2013) – Chester|
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