Conference North

Conference North
Conference North
Countries  England
Founded 2004
Number of teams 22
Levels on pyramid 6
Promotion to Conference National
Relegation to Northern Premier League Premier Division
Southern League Premier Division
Domestic cup(s) FA Cup
FA Trophy
Conference League Cup
Current champions Alfreton Town
Website Football Conference
2011–12 Football Conference

The Conference North also known as Blue Square Bet North for sponsorship reasons, is a division of the Football Conference in England, taking its place immediately below the Conference National. Along with Conference 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, the English Midlands and North Wales.

Conference North was introduced in 2004 as part of a major restructuring of English non-League football. The champions are automatically promoted to Conference National. A second promotion place goes to the winners of play-offs involving the teams finishing in second to fifth place. The winners of the play-offs are also promoted to Conference National. The three bottom clubs are relegated to Step 3 leagues. Teams from this division, as well as from the Conference South, enter the FA Cup at the Second Qualifying Round. On the last day of the 2010–11 season, Eastwood Town set a new record of 19 games unbeaten in the league, passing Southport and Solihull Moors previous joint record of 18 games.[1]

From 2007–08, and for the next three years, it has been known officially as the Blue Square Bet North.


Conference North clubs, 2011–12

The area covered by Conference North is coloured in pink. Conference North teams also come from counties bordering Conference South (purple).
Finishing position 2010–11
Altrincham 22nd in Conference National
Bishop's Stortford 16th in Conference South
Blyth Spartans 9th
Boston United 3rd
Colwyn Bay 2nd in Northern Premier League
Corby Town 13th
Droylsden 8th
Eastwood Town 4th
F.C. Halifax Town 1st in Northern Premier League
Gainsborough Trinity 18th
Gloucester City 14th
Guiseley 5th
Harrogate Town 12th
Hinckley United 15th
Histon 24th in Conference National
Hyde 19th
Nuneaton Town 6th
Solihull Moors 7th
Stalybridge Celtic 10th
Vauxhall Motors 17th
Worcester City 16th
Workington 11th

Past Conference North winners

Blue Square North Trophy awarded to Southport, 2009–10 season.
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


Record Home Win Fleetwood Town 8–0 Redditch United, 14 November 2009
Record Away Win Redditch United 0–9 Boston United, 21 August 2010
Highest Scoring Game Stalybridge Celtic 3–7 Hyde, 1 January 2007
Most League Titles 2 – Southport
Longest Unbeaten Run 19 games – Eastwood Town

See also


External links

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