National League North

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National League North
Country  England
Founded 2004
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
FA Trophy
Current champions Barrow
Website National League
2015–16 season

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.[1] As part of a sponsorship deal with Vanarama, the National League North is now known as the Vanarama National League North.[1]


The Conference North was introduced in 2004 as part of a major restructuring of English non-League football.[2] 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:

The area covered by National League North is coloured in red. National League North teams also come from counties bordering National League South (purple).
Finishing position 2014–15
A.F.C. Fylde 2nd
A.F.C. Telford United 22nd (relegated from Conference Premier)
Alfreton Town 21st (relegated from Conference Premier)
Boston United 3rd
Brackley Town 18th
Bradford Park Avenue 13th
Chorley 4th
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)
Gainsborough Trinity 17th
Gloucester City 14th
Harrogate Town 15th
Hednesford Town 8th
Lowestoft Town 16th
North Ferriby United 10th
Nuneaton Town 24th (relegated from Conference Premier)
Solihull Moors 12th
Stalybridge Celtic 19th
Stockport County 11th
Tamworth 7th
Worcester City 9th

League champions

Conference North Trophy awarded to Southport, 2009–10 season.

All the winners of the league title and winners of the play-off final since the league's formation in 2004 are as follows:

Season Winner Playoff Winner
2004–05 Southport Altrincham
2005–06 Northwich Victoria Stafford Rangers
2006–07 Droylsden Farsley Celtic
2007–08 Kettering Town Barrow
2008–09 Tamworth Gateshead
2009–10 Southport Fleetwood Town
2010–11 Alfreton Town AFC Telford United
2011–12 Hyde Nuneaton Town
2012–13 Chester F.C. Halifax Town
2013–14 AFC Telford United Altrincham
2014–15 Barrow Guiseley

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
Worcester City Aggborough 6,444
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

League records

Record home win Fleetwood Town 8–0 Redditch United, 14 November 2009,[3] and Altrincham 8–0 Hinckley United, 17 November 2012[4]
Record away win Redditch United 0–9 Boston United, 21 August 2010[5]
Highest-scoring game Stalybridge Celtic 3–7 Hyde, 1 January 2007 and A.F.C. Fylde 6–4 Gloucester City, 25 April 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

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "BBC Sport – Football Conference to be renamed as National League". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Football Conference – History". Football Conference. Retrieved 26 October 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Fleetwood Town 8–0 Redditch Utd". BBC Sport. 14 November 2009. Retrieved 26 October 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "ALTRINCHAM VS. HINCKLEY UNITED 8 – 0". Soccerway. 17 November 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Redditch United 0–9 Boston United". BBC Sport. 21 August 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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