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National League South

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The National League South, formerly Conference South (billed as The Vanarama 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.

National League South
Vanarama National League South.png
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 championsHavant & Waterlooville
(2017–18)
WebsiteNational League
2018–19 season

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] and the Vanarama Conference South following a three-year sponsorship deal announced in July 2014. Since the start of the 2015–16 season, the league is known as the National League South.[4] The 2017/18 champions are Havant and Waterlooville F.C..

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Current member clubs, 2018–19Edit

The current member clubs for the 2018–19 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 2017–18
Bath City 9th
Billericay Town 1st in Isthmian League Premier Division
Chelmsford City 3rd
Chippenham Town 13th
Concord Rangers 17th
Dartford 2nd
Dulwich Hamlet 2nd in Isthmian League Premier Division (won play-offs)
Eastbourne Borough 18th
East Thurrock United 15th
Gloucester City 14th
Hampton & Richmond Borough 4th
Hemel Hempstead Town 5th
Hungerford Town 19th
Oxford City 16th
Slough Town 3rd in Southern League Premier Division (won play-offs)
St Albans City 8th
Torquay United 22nd in National League (relegated)
Truro City 7th
Wealdstone 11th
Welling United 10th
Weston-super-Mare 12th
Woking 21st in National League (relegated)

Current league stadia 2018–19Edit

Locations of the National League South 2018–19 teams (Greater London clubs)
Locations of the National League South 2018–19 teams (Essex clubs)

The stadiums of all teams in the league for the 2017–18 season are listed below in capacity order:

Home Club Stadium Name Capacity
Bath City Twerton Park 8,840
Torquay United Plainmoor 6,500
Truro City Plainmoor
(groundshare with Torquay United)
6,500
Woking Kingfield Stadium 6,036
St Albans City Clarence Park 5,007
Billericay Town New Lodge 5,000
Eastbourne Borough Priory Lane 4,151
Dartford Princes Park 4,100
Welling United Park View Road 4,000
Wealdstone Grosvenor Vale 3,607
Dulwich Hamlet Imperial Fields 3,500
East Thurrock United Rookery Hill 3,500
Hampton & Richmond Borough Beveree Stadium 3,500
Weston-super-Mare Woodspring Stadium 3,500
Concord Rangers Thames Road 3,300
Hemel Hempstead Town Vauxhall Road 3,152
Chelmsford City Melbourne Stadium 3,000
Chippenham Town Hardenhuish Park 3,000
Gloucester City Jubilee Stadium
(groundshare with Evesham United)
3,000
Oxford City Court Place Farm 3,218
Hungerford Town Bulpit Lane 2,500
Slough Town Arbour Park 2,000

League winnersEdit

League recordsEdit

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 [5]
Most individual goals in a game 6 – Mitchell Bryant, Weymouth 0 Basingstoke Town 6, 13 February 2010
Highest attendance 5,022 – Weymouth vs. St Albans City, 17 April 2006
Highest average attendance 3,219 – AFC Wimbledon, 2008–09

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Vanarama announced as new Football Conference sponsor". Non-League Bets. 30 July 2014.
  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. ^ "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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