National League South

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National League South
Founded2004
CountryEngland
Number of teams22
Level on pyramid6
Step 2 (National League System)
Promotion toNational League
Relegation toIsthmian League Premier Division
Southern League Premier Division
Domestic cup(s)FA Cup
FA Trophy
Conference League Cup (defunct)
International cup(s)Europa League
(via FA Cup)
Current championsTorquay United
(2018–19)
WebsiteNational League
2019–20 season

The National League South, formerly Conference South (billed as The Motorama National League South for sponsorship reasons[1]), is one of the second divisions of the National League in England, immediately below the top division National League. Along with National League North, it is at the second level of the National League System, and at the sixth tier overall of the English football league system.

It was introduced in 2004 as part of a major restructuring of the National League System. The champion team each year is automatically promoted to the National League. A second promotion place goes to the winners of play-offs involving the teams finishing in second to seventh place (expanded from four to six teams in the 2017–18 season).[2] 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] the Vanarama Conference South (2014–2015), the Vanarama National League South (2015–2019) and the Motorama National League South following a three-year sponsorship deal announced in January 2019. Since the start of the 2015–16 season, the league is known as the National League South.[4] The 2018–19 champions are Torquay United.

The National League South will expand to 24 teams in 2020, when the bottom two clubs will be relegated and four promoted from Step 3. Four will be relegated starting in 2021.[5]

Current member clubs, 2019–20[edit]

The current member clubs for the 2019–20 season are as follows:

The area covered by National League South is coloured in yellow. National League South teams also come from counties bordering National League North (purple).
Club Finishing position 2018–19
Bath City 5th
Billericay Town 8th
Braintree Town 23rd in National League (relegated)
Chelmsford City 4th
Chippenham Town 13th
Concord Rangers 6th
Dartford 10th
Dorking Wanderers 1st in Isthmian League Premier Division
Dulwich Hamlet 14th
Eastbourne Borough 18th
Havant & Waterlooville 22nd in National League (relegated)
Hampton & Richmond Borough 15th
Hemel Hempstead Town 16th
Hungerford Town 19th
Maidstone United 24th in National League (relegated)
Oxford City 12th
Slough Town 11th
St Albans City 9th
Tonbridge Angels 4th in Isthmian League Premier Division (won play-offs)
Wealdstone 7th
Welling United 3rd
Weymouth 1st in Southern League Premier Division

Current league stadia 2019–20[edit]

Locations of the National League South 2019–20 teams (Greater London clubs)
Locations of the National League South 2019–20 teams (Essex clubs)

The stadiums of all teams in the league for the 2019–20 season are listed below in capacity order:

Home Club Stadium Name Capacity
Weymouth Bob Lucas Stadium 6,600
Havant & Waterlooville West Leigh Park 5,300
St Albans City Clarence Park 5,007
Billericay Town New Lodge 5,000
Maidstone United Gallagher Stadium 4,200
Eastbourne Borough Priory Lane 4,151
Dartford Princes Park 4,100
Braintree Town Cressing Road 4,085
Welling United Park View Road 4,000
Wealdstone Grosvenor Vale 3,607
Bath City Twerton Park 3,528
Dulwich Hamlet Champion Hill 3,000
Tonbridge Angels Longmead Stadium 3,000
Hampton & Richmond Borough Beveree Stadium 3,500
Concord Rangers Thames Road 3,300
Oxford City Court Place Farm 3,218
Hemel Hempstead Town Vauxhall Road 3,152
Chelmsford City Melbourne Stadium 3,000
Chippenham Town Hardenhuish Park 3,000
Hungerford Town Bulpit Lane 2,500
Dorking Wanderers Meadowbank Stadium 2,000
Slough Town Arbour Park 2,000

League 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
2015–16 Sutton United Maidstone United
2016–17 Maidenhead United Ebbsfleet United
2017–18 Havant & Waterlooville Braintree Town
2018-19 Torquay United Woking

** 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.

League records[edit]

Biggest home win 8 – Maidenhead United 8 Truro City 0, 8 September 2012,

Ebbsfleet United 8 Bishops Stortford 0, 21 March 2017

Biggest away win 7 – Dorchester Town 0 Grays Athletic 7, 23 October 2004
Highest scoring match 11 – Bognor Regis Town 6 Welling United 5, 11 September 2004
Bath City 7 Farnborough 4, 17 February 2015
Consecutive wins 12 – Welling United, 2012–13
Consecutive games unbeaten 25 – Sutton United, 2015–16
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 18 – Hampton & Richmond Borough 2017-18
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 44 – Dave Tarpey, Maidenhead United, 2016–17 [6]
Most individual goals in a game 6 – Mitchell Bryant, Weymouth 0 Basingstoke Town 6, 13 February 2010
Highest attendance 5,351 – Torquay United vs. Hungerford Town, 22 April 2019
Highest average attendance 3,219 – AFC Wimbledon, 2008–09
Lowest home attendance 52 out of 2,812 - Truro City vs. Torquay United, 1 January 2019
Highest away attendance 2,760 out of 2,812 - Truro City vs. Torquay United, 1 January 2019

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The National League is to be rebranded from next season". Chester Live. 29 January 2019.
  2. ^ "National League North 2017-18 Season Preview - The Vanarama National League". www.thenationalleague.org.uk. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  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.
  5. ^ Edkins, Matt (17 April 2019). "EXCLUSIVE: FA outline second phase of Non-League restructuring". The Non-League Football Paper (Interview).
  6. ^ "HIGHLIGHTS: Dave Tarpey hits fourth hat-trick of season as Maidenhead United thrash Bath City 5-1". windsorexpress.co.uk. Retrieved 24 March 2018.

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