2020–21 United Counties League

The United Counties League operated two divisions in the English football league system, the Premier Division at Step 5 and Division One at Step 6, for the last time this season.

United Counties League
Season2020–21
ChampionsNone
PromotedShepshed Dynamo
RelegatedNone

The allocations for Steps 5 and 6 for season 2020–21 were announced by the FA on 21 July 2020,[1] and were subject to appeal.

The league season was subsequently abandoned on 24 February 2021 after COVID-19 lockdown-originated restrictions were imposed.[2]

Promotion and restructuringEdit

The scheduled restructuring of non-league football took place at the end of the season, to include a new division that was added to the United Counties League at Step 5 for 2021–22. Promotions from Steps 5 to 4 and 6 to 5 were based on points per game across all matches over the two abandoned seasons (2019–20 and 2020–21), while teams were promoted to Step 6 on the basis of a subjective application process.[3]

Premier DivisionEdit

The Premier Division comprised 20 teams, the same set of teams which competed in the previous season's voided competition.

Premier Division tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or qualification
1 Anstey Nomads 10 9 1 0 32 5 +27 28 Transferred to the Premier Division North
2 Loughborough University 13 8 2 3 42 17 +25 26
3 Lutterworth Town 13 8 2 3 35 18 +17 26 Transferred to the Premier Division South
4 Quorn 11 6 4 1 37 17 +20 22 Transferred to the Premier Division North
5 Shepshed Dynamo (P) 9 6 2 1 23 8 +15 20 Promoted to the Northern Premier League[a]
6 Wellingborough Town 14 5 5 4 23 23 0 20 Transferred to the Premier Division South
7 Rugby Town 10 6 1 3 29 10 +19 19
8 Harborough Town 12 5 3 4 19 19 0 18
9 Northampton ON Chenecks 12 5 2 5 27 22 +5 17
10 Rothwell Corinthians 13 4 5 4 20 20 0 17
11 Deeping Rangers 9 5 1 3 14 17 −3 16 Transferred to the Premier Division North
12 Holbeach United 10 4 3 3 21 11 +10 15
13 Cogenhoe United 9 4 2 3 19 13 +6 14 Transferred to the Premier Division South
14 Boston Town 11 4 1 6 23 15 +8 13 Transferred to the Premier Division North
15 GNG Oadby Town 10 3 3 4 15 24 −9 12 Transferred to the Premier Division South
16 Desborough Town 11 3 2 6 16 36 −20 11
17 Leicester Nirvana 10 2 0 8 9 23 −14 6 Transferred to the Premier Division North
18 Sleaford Town 11 1 1 9 9 44 −35 4
19 Pinchbeck United 10 0 2 8 6 38 −32 2
20 Peterborough Northern Star 12 0 2 10 10 49 −39 2 Transferred to the Premier Division South
Source: FA Full-time
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored; 4) Number of matches won; 5) Head-to-head results[4]
(P) Promoted
Notes:
  1. ^ Promoted based on points per game calculations from 2019–20 and 2020–21 seasons combined.

Stadia and locationsEdit

Club Location Stadium Capacity
Anstey Nomads Anstey Cropston Road
Boston Town Boston Tattershall Road 6,000
Cogenhoe United Cogenhoe Compton Park 5,000
Deeping Rangers Market Deeping Haydon Whitham Stadium 2,000
Desborough Town Desborough Waterworks Field
GNG Oadby Town Oadby Wigston Road 3,000
Harborough Town Market Harborough Bowden Park
Holbeach United Holbeach Carters Park 4,000
Leicester Nirvana Leicester Hamilton Park
Loughborough University Loughborough Loughborough University Stadium 3,000
Lutterworth Town Lutterworth Dunley Way
Northampton ON Chenecks Northampton The Old Northamptonians Sports Ground 1,000
Peterborough Northern Star Peterborough Branch Bros Stadium 600
Pinchbeck United Spalding Sir Halley Stewart Field 2,700
Quorn Quorn Farley Way Stadium 1,400
Rothwell Corinthians Rothwell Sergeants Lawn
Rugby Town Rugby Butlin Road 6,000
Shepshed Dynamo Shepshed Dovecote Stadium 2,500
Sleaford Town Sleaford Eslaforde Park 1,000
Wellingborough Town Wellingborough London Road 2,500

Division OneEdit

Division One comprised the same 20 teams which competed in the previous season's aborted competition.

Division One tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or qualification
1 Long Buckby (P) 11 9 1 1 38 10 +28 28 Promoted to the Premier Division South[a]
2 Melton Town (P) 11 9 0 2 50 13 +37 27 Promoted to the Premier Division North[a]
3 St Andrews 11 9 0 2 42 10 +32 27
4 Bugbrooke St Michaels (P) 14 7 4 3 32 25 +7 25 Promoted to the Premier Division South[a]
5 Harrowby United 10 7 2 1 27 10 +17 23
6 Blackstones 11 5 2 4 23 17 +6 17
7 Northampton Sileby Rangers 10 5 2 3 18 12 +6 17 Transferred to the Spartan South Midlands League
8 Saffron Dynamo 12 5 2 5 22 25 −3 17
9 Whittlesey Athletic 12 3 6 3 25 23 +2 15 Transferred to the Eastern Counties League
10 Huntingdon Town 12 4 3 5 17 21 −4 15
11 Aylestone Park 10 4 2 4 35 21 +14 14
12 Holwell Sports 11 4 2 5 23 19 +4 14
13 Lutterworth Athletic 11 3 4 4 28 25 +3 13
14 Birstall United 13 4 1 8 24 39 −15 13
15 Wellingborough Whitworth 12 3 3 6 23 45 −22 12 Transferred to the Spartan South Midlands League
16 Bourne Town 9 3 3 3 14 18 −4 9[b]
17 Raunds Town 11 2 2 7 19 35 −16 8 Transferred to the Spartan South Midlands League
18 Irchester United 12 1 4 7 20 45 −25 7
19 Burton Park Wanderers 10 1 2 7 10 36 −26 5
20 Rushden & Higham United 11 1 1 9 12 53 −41 4
Source: FA Full-time
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored; 4) Number of matches won; 5) Head-to-head results[4]
(P) Promoted
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Promoted based on points per game calculations from 2019–20 and 2020–21 seasons combined.
  2. ^ Bourne Town received a 3 point deduction for fielding an ineligible player during the match on 19 September.

Stadia and locationsEdit

Club Location Stadium Capacity
Aylestone Park Leicester Saffron Lane 1,128
Birstall United Birstall Meadow Lane
Blackstones Stamford Lincoln Road 1,000
Bourne Town Bourne Abbey Lawn 2,000
Bugbrooke St. Michaels Bugbrooke Birds Close 2,500
Burton Park Wanderers Burton Latimer Latimer Park
Harrowby United Grantham Dickens Road
Holwell Sports Asfordby Hill Welby Road 1,000
Huntingdon Town Huntingdon Jubilee Park
Irchester United Irchester Alfred Street 1,000
Long Buckby Long Buckby Station Road 1,000
Lutterworth Athletic Lutterworth Hall Park
Melton Town Melton Mowbray Melton Sports Village
Northampton Sileby Rangers Northampton Fernie Fields
Raunds Town Raunds Kiln Park 3,000
Rushden & Higham United Rushden Hayden Road 1,500
Saffron Dynamo Cosby Cambridge Road
St Andrews Leicester Canal Street 1,000
Wellingborough Whitworth Wellingborough Victoria Mill Ground 2,140
Whittlesey Athletic Whittlesey Feldale Field

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "National League System club allocations – Steps 5–6, Season 2020–21" (PDF). Non League Paper. 21 July 2020.
  2. ^ "FA Update On Steps 3-6". 24 February 2021. Retrieved 30 April 2021.
  3. ^ "EXPLAINED: The 2021-22 Non-League restructure". The Non-League Paper. 12 April 2021. Retrieved 30 April 2021.
  4. ^ a b "The FA Handbook 2020/2021 Part 29 Standardised Rules Section 12.2". The FA. Retrieved 23 August 2020.

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