Wikipedia:WikiProject Football/English non-league task force

The primary goal of this project to improve the quality of articles related to English non-league football. This page and its sub-pages describe the goals and scope of the task force; list the members of the task force; collate the task force's assessment data; organise mini projects and to-do lists; and keep track of various useful online sources. It is hoped that this project will help to focus the efforts of Wikipedians interested in English non-league football. If you would like to help, have a look at the projects and tasks lower down the page, or inquire on the talk page.

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Main goals edit

  1. To increase the standard of Wikipedia's coverage of non-league football
  2. To provide basic information on notable non-league clubs and competitions
  3. To provide an area where contributors interested in non-league football can identify each other and discuss any issues
  4. To organise a collaboration on non-league football, with a view to writing featured articles on the subject

Scope edit

This Task Force aims to improve all articles related to English non-league football. This includes the following:

Article type Scope Example
Club Played non-league football at some point in its history. Gillingham F.C.
Player Played non-league football at some point in his career. Bert Trautmann
Manager Managed a non-league football club at some point in their career. Fred Keenor
Ground Hosted non-league league games and/or competition finals. Kenilworth Road
League Past and present non-league leagues. West Midlands (Regional) League
Competition Past and present competitions entered by non-league clubs. FA Vase
Season Season articles for above leagues and competitions.
Club season articles for seasons spent in non-league.
2010–11 Northern Premier League
2011–12 York City F.C. season
History History of above topics. History of Ipswich Town F.C.
List Lists related to above topics. List of Oxford United F.C. players

Participants edit

This is a list of active members. Members who have not edited non-league articles in over six months are considered dormant. Members will be removed if they have not edited non-league articles in over a year.

Members who have not been active on non-league football pages for over six months, but have edited them in the last year.

Showcase edit

Some of the articles supported by the English non-league task force have reached featured article or featured list status (FA and FL, respectively), meaning they are amongst the very best content in Wikipedia. They are listed below; a bold title indicates the article was "today's featured article" or "today's featured list" for the date listed. Also included here are articles that are featured article candidates (FAC) that failed, those that have undergone peer review (PR) as part of an effort to get them to FA status, and those that have achieved good article (GA) status, the next-highest level of quality.

Recent achievements edit

Successful FACs, FARs, GANs, GARs, or milestones in the last year:

For past achievements please see the archive.

Club articles edit

Improve your favourite club's article, and put them on the map! There are only eight current and former non-league clubs with Featured Articles, and ten current and former non-league clubs with Good Articles.

Status Geotagged club articles †
Good articles
SudburyAndoverCrystal PalaceDarlingtonF.C. UnitedKingstonianMiddlesbroughMillwallOxford UnitedTeam BathTow Law TownWanderers
Featured articles
Blackburn OlympicDover AthleticGillinghamLeek TownLuton TownMargateStocksbridge Park SteelsYork City
As of 22 December 2012
Only clubs are displayed on the map.

Popular pages edit

Assessment department edit

Current status edit

The assessment department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's English non-league football related articles.

The proportion of all articles with an assessed project banner:

100% assessed (estimate: some more article talk pages may still need a banner tag)


The proportion of all articles with known importance is:

97.1% known importance (estimate: some more article talk pages may still need a banner tag)


The Quality Log keeps track of the changes made to this table as it is updated by the bot. If you wish to update the summary table, use this link, then select or type "English_non-league_football" and click "Go". It may take a few minutes as the bot goes through all the non-league articles. When it is finished it should display a summary page, after which you may exit the page.

Article alerts edit

Did you know

Articles for deletion

  • 01 Jun 2024 – Harry Dunn (defender) (talk · edit · hist) was AfDed by Anwegmann (t · c); see discussion (4 participants; relisted)

Templates for discussion

Good article nominees

Projects edit

  1. Reduce number of clubs stubs: (see Category:English football club stubs) As of 14 May 2015 there are around 284 (414, 352, 327, 318, 286, 276, 247, 215, 174, 157, 137, 123) English non-league football club stubs (26 extant clubs). If all participants aimed to make one club article per day non-stub, then it would not take long (5 days to be precise!). Things a club page should have to be made non-stub:
    • Details of league played in, and rough geographic location (county/borough).
    • Completed infobox
    • Brief history, honours list and club records (Football Club History Database is useful here, but always cite your sources)
    • Link to club website
    • League template (where there is one – see here for current list)
    See Lutterworth Athletic F.C. for an example of an article with the minimum for non-stub status.
    Letter of month: B There are just two extant non-league club stubs starting with the letter B: Belper United F.C., Broadfields United F.C.
    In the past the project has de-stubbed all of the extant clubs starting with E, J and R!
  2. Expand league articles: Any league article should include:
    • {{Infobox football league}}
    • Geographic area covered
    • Current number of divisions / teams.
    • Recent champions, if not all.
    • League template (for all divisions), plus promotion/relegation info
    • External link
    • A list of stub league articles can be found at Category:English football competition stubs (as of 14 May 2015 there are 98)
    • Most of the articles for leagues at level 10 or below are so far only start class. Midland Football Alliance is an example of what to eventually aim for.
  3. Create all season articles for Step 3–4 (levels 7–8): 225/253 (89%)as of 23 December 2013
  4. Add club badges for every team down to level 10: 611/611 (100%)as of 2 December 2012

Please feel free to add any new projects you think the taskforce should focus on.

Adopt an article edit

Similar to the Collaboration of the week, but on a smaller scale, you might want to "adopt" an article. This would involve doing the research, writing, and picture-taking (if possible) for either a non-existent article or a stub. Of course, everyone else can still edit an adopted article, and you can work on other things too, but the idea is to find a focus for a while, to try and build up the number of quality articles the Project has produced.

User Aim
Clayton Donaldson Mattythewhite
Southern League Division One Midlands Eddie6705
Shaun Whalley Liamtaylor007
Kaid Mohamed Liamtaylor007
F.C. United of Manchester Delusion23 Get to FA class
Ashington A.F.C. wmcduff Get to GA class
Romsey Town F.C. Cazza3012 Get to GA class.

Online resources edit

The following table shows useful, reliable sources that have been shared by our members to mutually improve the coverage of Non-League football. Websites listed here include primary, secondary and tertiary source material on football team statistics, attendances, kits and ground. Members may wish to refer to this section to gather material for developing pages. please feel free to add any new sources which you have found helpful.

Hyperlink Content Quick reference Suitability
The Football History Database Statistics on past team seasons in the league, FA Cup, FA Trophy and FA Vase *History
Updated all the way to 2010–11 Goes down to approx. level 11–12.
The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation Historical league table archive *Seasons English leagues down to level 10, most all the way back to first season
Tony's English Football Site Statistics on league seasons. Attendances for low leagues. *Seasons
*Result grids
Not updated past season 2008–09. Goes back to season 1997–98. Goes down to levels 10–11.
Mike Avery Non-League Football Site Season 2009–10 replacement for Tony's Football Site *2009–10 season
Down to levels 12–14.
Non-League Matters Seasons from 2010–11 onwards. *Very recent seasons
Down to level 15.
Historical kits Kits through history with pictures and descriptions. *Kit designs Only old (i.e. Victorian) or high level non-league clubs present.
Conference grounds Guide to Football Conference National grounds. *Ground info
English Non-League Archive 1965–98 Archive of Conference, NPL, Southern and Isthmian League seasons. Some cup results, *Levels 5–8 seasons Only between 1965–98. Only down to level 8 (or 7 as it was at the time)

Templates edit

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League templates see User:Tompw/leaguetemplates
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As a contributor to English non-league football articles within Wikipedia:WikiProject Football, I thought I'd let you know about the English non-league football task force, a collaborative effort to improve Wikipedia's coverage of English non-league football. If you would like to participate, join by visiting the task force page and add your username to the participants list. Thanks!

Categories edit

Category:Football in England

Major articles on non-League football edit

Related WikiProjects edit

The parent project of this Task Force is WikiProject Football. It is also a descendant of the English football taskforce. No descendant Task Forces have been defined.

Sister Project Searches edit