- 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
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.
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
Club 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
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
- ^ "Record Run for Badgers". Football Conference. http://www.footballconference.co.uk/news/details.php?news_id=4433. Retrieved May 02, 2011.
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