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2008–09 Football Conference

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Season  2008–09
Location  England, United Kingdom
Matches played  552
Champion  Burton Albion F.C.
Goals scored  1,410
2008–09 Football Conference
Champions  Burton Albion (1st Football Conference title)
Promoted to League Two  Burton Albion, Torquay United
Relegated to Conference North/Conference South  Woking Northwich Victoria Weymouth Lewes
Promoted for the next season  Tamworth, Gateshead, AFC Wimbledon, Hayes & Yeading United
Top goalscorer  Andrew Mangan (Forest Green Rovers), 26
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The 2008–09 Football Conference season was the fifth season with the Conference consisting of three divisions, and the thirtieth season overall. The Conference covers the top two levels of Non-League football in England. The Conference Premier is the fifth highest level of the overall pyramid, whilst the Conference North and Conference South exist at the sixth level. The top team and the winner of the playoff of the National division were promoted to Football League Two, while the bottom four were relegated to the North or South divisions. The champions of the North and South divisions were promoted to the National division, alongside the play-off winners from each division. The bottom three in each of the North and South divisions were relegated to the premier divisions of the Northern Premier League, Isthmian League or Southern League. For sponsorship reasons, the Conference Premier is frequently referred to as the Blue Square Premier.

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Conference Premier

A total of 24 teams contest the division, including 18 sides from last season, two relegated from the Football League Two, two promoted from the Conference North and two promoted from the Conference South.

Promotion and relegation

Teams promoted from 2007–08 Conference North

  • Kettering Town
  • Barrow
  • Teams promoted from 2007–08 Conference South

  • Lewes
  • Eastbourne Borough
  • Teams relegated from 2007–08 Football League Two

  • Mansfield Town
  • Wrexham
  • Eastbourne, Mansfield, Lewes and Wrexham appear in the Conference Premier for the first time, whilst Barrow return to the league after ten years. Kettering have three times been runners-up at this level and return to the league after an absence of five years. Altrincham remain in the Conference after a third consecutive reprieve from relegation, following Halifax Town's demotion for financial reasons.

    League table

    Updated to games played on 26 April 2009.
    Source: Football Conference
    Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
    * Mansfield deducted 4 points; Oxford deducted 5 points; Crawley Town deducted 1 point;
    (C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
    Only applicable when the season is not finished:
    (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

    Results

    Source: [1] Soccerbase
    ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
    Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

    Conference North

    A total of 22 teams contest the division, including 16 sides from last season, three relegated from the Conference Premier, two promoted from the Northern Premier League and one promoted from the Southern Football League.

    Promotion and relegation

    Teams promoted from 2007–08 Northern Premier League

  • Gateshead
  • Fleetwood Town
  • Teams promoted from 2007–08 Southern Football League

  • King's Lynn
  • Teams relegated from 2007–08 Conference Premier

  • Droylsden
  • Stafford Rangers
  • Farsley Celtic
  • Droylsden and Farsley are returned having spent just one season in the higher league. Fleetwood reached a new high eleven seasons after being re-formed following the bankruptcy of the original Fleetwood Town. Both Boston United and Nuneaton Borough were expelled from the league for financial reasons before the season, resulting in Vauxhall Motors relegation and Redditch United's transfer to the Conference South being cancelled.

    League table

    Updated to games played on 25 April 2009.
    Source: Football Conference
    Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
    *King's Lynn demoted as their stadium does not meet the league standards, thus Hyde United were reprieved from relegation.
    (C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
    Only applicable when the season is not finished:
    (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

    Results

    Source: Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2009–2010. Glenda Rollin & Jack Rollin (eds.). Headline, 2009.
    ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
    Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

    Conference South

    A total of 22 teams contest the division, including 18 sides from last season, one transferred from the Conference North, two promoted from the Isthmian League and one promoted from the Southern Football League.

    Promotion and relegation

    Teams promoted from 2007–08 Southern Football League

  • Team Bath
  • Teams promoted from 2007–08 Isthmian League

  • Chelmsford City
  • AFC Wimbledon
  • Teams transferred from Conference North

  • Worcester City
  • No teams were relegated to the Conference South from the Conference Premier, so Worcester City were transferred in from the Conference North. The expulsion of two teams from the Conference North for financial reasons cancelled Redditch United's transfer between the two, and allowed Dorchester Town to remain in the Conference South. All the four new teams never played in Conference South before.

    League table

    Updated to games played on 25 April 2009.
    Source: Football Conference
    Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
    *Bognor Regis Town deducted 7 points
    **Team Bath resigned from the league
    (C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
    Only applicable when the season is not finished:
    (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

    Results

    Source: Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2009–2010. Glenda Rollin & Jack Rollin (eds.). Headline, 2009
    ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
    Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

    References

    2008–09 Football Conference Wikipedia


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