National League South

National League South
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Conference South trophy pictured in 2009
Founded2004
CountryEngland
Number of teams22 (24 in 2022)
Level on pyramid6
Step 2 (National League System)
Promotion toNational League
Relegation toIsthmian League Premier Division
Southern League Premier Division South
Domestic cup(s)FA Cup
FA Trophy
Conference League Cup (defunct)
International cup(s)Europa League
(via FA Cup)
Current championsWealdstone
(2019–20)
WebsiteNational League
Current: 2021–22 season

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

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] the Vanarama Conference South (2014–2015), the Vanarama National League South (2015–2019) and the Motorama National League South following a three-year sponsorship deal announced in January 2019. Since the start of the 2015–16 season, the league is known as the National League South.[4] The 2018–19 champions were Torquay United.

The National League South was reduced to 21 clubs for 2020–21[5] and was expected to expand to 24 teams in 2021–22.[6][7] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in England, the 2020–21 National League South season was curtailed and voided after written resolutions were put to a vote. No teams were relegated.[8] Expansion is to be implemented before the 2022–23 season, when the bottom club is relegated and four promoted from Step 3.[9] There will be four relegations from the South starting in 2023.

Current member clubs, 2021–22

The current member clubs for the 2021–22 season are as follows:

ClubFinishing position 2019–20
Bath City4th
Billericay Town17th
Braintree Town21st
Chelmsford City10th
Chippenham Town14th
Concord Rangers16th
Dartford6th
Dorking Wanderers7th
Dulwich Hamlet19th
Eastbourne Borough18th
Ebbsfleet United22nd in National League (relegated)
Hampton & Richmond Borough8th
Havant & Waterlooville2nd
Hemel Hempstead Town11th
Hungerford Town22nd
Maidstone United9th
Oxford City13th
Slough Town5th
St Albans City20th
Tonbridge Angels15th
Welling United12th

Current league stadia 2021–22

National League South is located in Southern England
Chippenham
Chippenham
Dorking Wanderers
Dorking Wanderers
Eastbourne Borough
Eastbourne Borough
Havant & Waterlooville
Havant & Waterlooville
Hemel Hempstead
Hemel Hempstead
Hungerford
Hungerford
Tonbridge Angels
Tonbridge Angels
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Locations of the National League South 2021–22 teams (Greater London and Essex shown in more detail below)
National League South is located in Greater London
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Dulwich Hamlet
Dulwich Hamlet
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Locations of the National League South 2021–22 teams (Greater London clubs)
National League South is located in Essex
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Concord Rangers
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Locations of the National League South 2021–22 teams (Essex clubs)

The stadiums of all teams in the league for the 2021–22 season are listed below in capacity order:

Home clubStadium nameCapacity
Havant & WaterloovilleWest Leigh Park5,300
St Albans CityClarence Park5,007
Billericay TownNew Lodge5,000
Ebbsfleet UnitedStonebridge Road4,800
Maidstone UnitedGallagher Stadium4,200
Eastbourne BoroughPriory Lane4,151
DartfordPrinces Park4,100
Braintree TownCressing Road4,085
Welling UnitedPark View Road4,000
Bath CityTwerton Park3,528
Dulwich HamletChampion Hill3,000
Tonbridge AngelsLongmead Stadium3,000
Hampton & Richmond BoroughBeveree Stadium3,500
Concord RangersThames Road3,300
Oxford CityCourt Place Farm3,218
Hemel Hempstead TownVauxhall Road3,152
Dorking WanderersMeadowbank Stadium3,000
Chelmsford CityMelbourne Stadium3,000
Chippenham TownHardenhuish Park3,000
Hungerford TownBulpit Lane2,500
Slough TownArbour Park2,000

League winners

SeasonWinnerPlayoff winner
2004–05Grays AthleticEastbourne Borough **
2005–06WeymouthSt Albans City
2006–07HistonSalisbury City
2007–08LewesEastbourne Borough
2008–09AFC WimbledonHayes & Yeading United
2009–10Newport CountyBath City
2010–11Braintree TownEbbsfleet United
2011–12WokingDartford
2012–13Welling UnitedSalisbury City
2013–14EastleighDover Athletic
2014–15BromleyBoreham Wood
2015–16Sutton UnitedMaidstone United
2016–17Maidenhead UnitedEbbsfleet United
2017–18Havant & WaterloovilleBraintree Town
2018–19Torquay UnitedWoking
2019–20WealdstoneWeymouth
2020–21None, season curtailed and voided

** Not promoted. In 2004–05 only three promotion places were available to the Conference National. The third place was decided in a Playoff at Stoke City's Britannia Stadium, which Eastbourne lost 2–1 to the Conference North playoff winners, Altrincham.

League records

Biggest home win8 – Maidenhead United 8–0 Truro City, 8 September 2012
Ebbsfleet United 8–0 Bishop's Stortford, 21 March 2017, Dorking Wanderers 8-0 Havant and Waterlooville, 26 December 2021
Biggest away win7 – Dorchester Town 0–7 Grays Athletic, 23 October 2004
Highest scoring match11 – Bognor Regis Town 6–5 Welling United, 11 September 2004
Bath City 7–4 Farnborough, 17 February 2015
Consecutive wins12 – Welling United, 2012–13
Consecutive games unbeaten25 – Sutton United, 2015–16
Most wins in a season32 – Newport County 2009–10
Fewest wins in a season5 – Sutton United 2007–08
Fisher Athletic 2008–09
Weston-super-Mare & Weymouth 2009–10
Thurrock 2011–12
Most defeats in a season34 – Fisher Athletic 2008–09
Fewest defeats in a season3 – Newport County 2009–10
Most draws in a season18 – Hampton & Richmond Borough 2017-18
Fewest draws in a season3 – Redbridge 2004–05
Eastleigh 2005–06
Fisher Athletic 2008–09
Most goals scored in a season118 – Grays Athletic, 2004–05
Fewest goals scored in a season22 – Fisher Athletic 2008–09
Most goals conceded in a season103 – Weymouth 2009–10
Fewest goals conceded in a season26 – Newport County, 2009–10
Most clean sheets in a season23 – Newport County 2009–10
Most points in a season103 – Newport County 2009–10
Most individual goals in a season44 – Dave Tarpey, Maidenhead United, 2016–17 [10]
Most individual goals in a game6 – Mitchell Bryant, Weymouth 0–6 Basingstoke Town, 13 February 2010
Highest attendance5,351 – Torquay United vs. Hungerford Town, 22 April 2019
Highest average attendance3,219 – AFC Wimbledon, 2008–09
Lowest home attendance52 out of 2,812 - Truro City vs. Torquay United, 1 January 2019
Highest away attendance2,760 out of 2,812 - Truro City vs. Torquay United, 1 January 2019

References

  1. ^ "The National League is to be rebranded from next season". Chester Live. 29 January 2019.
  2. ^ "National League South 2017-18 Season Preview". Vanarama National League. 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. ^ "National League South to have 21 Clubs". North Kent Non League. 13 August 2020. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  6. ^ Edkins, Matt (17 April 2019). "EXCLUSIVE: FA outline second phase of Non-League restructuring". The Non-League Football Paper (Interview).
  7. ^ "Update on non-League, women's & grassroots football seasons". The Football Association. 26 March 2020. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  8. ^ Osborn, Oliver (18 February 2021). "National League Statement | Outcome Of Written Resolutions". Vanarama National League. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  9. ^ Osborn, Oliver (1 July 2021). "National League Statement | OAGM Round-Up". Vanarama National League. Retrieved 10 July 2021.
  10. ^ "HIGHLIGHTS: Dave Tarpey hits fourth hat-trick of season as Maidenhead United thrash Bath City 5-1". Windsor Express. Retrieved 24 March 2018.

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