1984–85 Alliance Premier League

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Alliance Premier League
Season1984–85
Champions Wealdstone (1st Alliance Premier League title)
Promoted to the Football League None
Runners-up Nuneaton Borough
Relegated to
Level 6
Gateshead,
Worcester City,
Yeovil Town
Promoted for the next season Cheltenham Town,
Stafford Rangers,
Wycombe Wanderers
Matches played462
Goals scored1,343 (2.91 per match)
Top goalscorer Paul Culpin (Nuneaton Borough), 36
Biggest home win BarnetWealdstone 7–0
Biggest away win Bath CityKettering Town 1–6;
GatesheadEnfield 0–6
Highest scoring AltrinchamBoston United 7–2;
WeymouthGateshead 5–4
Longest winning run?
Longest unbeaten run?
Longest losing run?
Highest attendance?
Lowest attendance?
Average attendance?
1985–86

The Alliance Premier League season of 1984–85 (known as the Gola League 1984–85 for sponsorship reasons) was the sixth season of the Alliance Premier League. This was the first year where the Isthmian League acted as an APL feeder league.

Contents

New teams in the league this season

Final table

PosTeamPldHWHDHLHGFHGAAWADALAGFAGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Wealdstone [lower-alpha 1] 42885312612273328+1062 Football Conference Champions, no promotion
2 Nuneaton Borough 42138055236693030+3258
3 Dartford [lower-alpha 2] 42777282510652923+957
4 Bath City 42151530226872227+357
5 Altrincham 42132639218492426+1656
6 Scarborough 42107435207683442+754
7 Enfield 42117348276693634+2353
8 Kidderminster Harriers 4284940389483939+251
9 Northwich Victoria 4294822197772827+450
10 Telford United 42107436245792330+549
11 Frickley Athletic 421236382564112746649
12 Kettering Town 4296637226693137+948
13 Maidstone United 421074382456102027+748
14 Runcorn 4269627217682126+148Conference League Cup winners
15 Barnet 42975362064112332+747
16 Weymouth 421317413221272934+445
17 Boston United 421056433255112637045
18 Barrow [lower-alpha 2] 42696252257922351043
19 Dagenham 428672827541219402041
20 Worcester City 4274102936551126482938Relegated to the Southern League
21 Gateshead 4256102742461124403133 [lower-alpha 3] Relegated to the Northern Premier League
22 Yeovil Town 4247102636241518514325Relegated to the Isthmian League
Source: [1]
Rules for classification: 2 points for a home win, 3 points for an away win, 1 point for a draw.
Notes:
  1. FA Trophy winners
  2. 1 2 New club in the Conference
  3. Gateshead had 1 point deducted.

Results

Home \ Away ALT BAR BRW BAT BOS DAG DAR ENF FRK GAT KET KID MDS NOR NUN RUN SCA TEL WEA WEY WRC YEO
Altrincham 0–22–00–07–23–12–13–23–42–02–12–12–01–21–00–13–00–11–22–01–12–0
Barnet 1–04–02–11–00–00–13–21–21–14–22–40–01–11–11–11–20–17–00–02–04–1
Barrow 0–21–00–11–13–10–01–16–00–10–13–10–20–00–01–11–12–12–13–31–02–2
Bath City 1–02–11–22–12–01–01–03–01–11–60–21–00–31–00–12–12–13–12–13–11–0
Boston United 0–02–11–31–24–12–03–22–11–13–12–31–03–42–32–03–31–31–12–24–13–0
Dagenham 1–10–01–10–01–20–10–34–10–22–12–24–12–12–12–10–21–01–22–21–32–0
Dartford 1–02–02–01–31–13–01–20–21–20–12–11–11–02–21–13–10–02–31–12–31–1
Enfield 3–33–30–01–11–13–20–11–03–15–35–21–23–21–01–13–40–02–02–16–04–0
Frickley Athletic 2–13–12–22–02–10–22–41–01–03–03–01–34–01–11–12–31–20–22–02–13–1
Gateshead 0–10–21–21–11–22–10–00–53–21–44–12–12–60–20–33–11–11–22–22–21–1
Kettering Town 1–24–00–01–22–10–10–24–35–01–12–22–02–21–13–00–14–20–11–11–03–0
Kidderminster Harriers 0–21–40–12–22–05–11–11–32–43–02–22–13–13–40–13–20–20–33–34–13–0
Maidstone United 3–01–02–02–02–20–12–12–21–11–03–01–41–02–25–12–20–00–11–44–03–3
Northwich Victoria 1–22–01–03–11–00–10–11–13–02–01–20–20–01–00–11–11–00–20–32–22–0
Nuneaton Borough 4–11–15–20–04–22–25–12–20–03–01–11–13–22–22–15–22–11–04–23–05–0
Runcorn 1–22–10–00–01–23–01–11–10–01–12–21–21–40–01–01–13–02–03–11–23–0
Scarborough 2–11–11–12–01–05–01–32–31–25–10–02–11–00–03–20–04–11–10–01–22–1
Telford United 0–21–03–13–11–11–11–22–05–31–11–13–20–00–12–13–11–24–20–01–13–1
Wealdstone 1–01–22–20–10–10–00–01–21–14–21–05–21–11–13–11–01–02–23–23–30–3
Weymouth 2–13–03–12–22–11–01–24–22–15–43–00–20–11–01–30–21–23–20–33–14–2
Worcester City 1–11–23–21–22–11–32–51–02–14–11–21–21–10–11–42–04–10–00–41–10–2
Yeovil Town 1–22–11–23–22–42–12–20–01–20–41–10–03–00–11–21–32–23–30–20–01–2
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Rothmans Football Yearbook 1985–86. Queen Anne Press, Macdonald Futura Publishers, London & Sydney, 1985; [1] Football Conference statistics.
Note: For this season, the Rothmans Football Yearbook 1985–86 had 15 incorrect match results in their results grid, which rendered it as good as useless. Correct results were obtained from the Football Conference, courtesy of Dennis Strudwick, general manager, and John Harman, Statistician.
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
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Barnet
Dagenham
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Enfield
Wealdstone
Locations of the Alliance Premier League 1984–1985 London teams

Top scorers

RankPlayerClubLeague FA Cup FA Trophy League CupTotal [1]
1 Paul Culpin Nuneaton Borough 36
2 Gary Hooley Frickley Athletic 29
3 Frank Murphy Nuneaton 21
=John Powell Kidderminster Harriers 21
5 Paul Bennett Altrincham 20
6 Paul Davies Kidderminster Harriers 19
= Dave Flint Enfield 19
= Bob Lee Boston United 19
= Steve Mahoney Kidderminster Harriers 19
10 Ian Donaldson Gateshead 17
= Paul Moss Worcester City 17
12 Mike Doherty Weymouth 16
= Bill Jeffery Kettering Town 16
= Gerry Pearson Kidderminster Harriers 16
15 Mark Graves Wealdstone 15
16 Marshall Burke Scarborough 13
= Colin Cowperthwaite Barrow 13
= Nicky Evans Barnet 13
= Paul Reid Northwich Victoria 13
= Mark Smith Kettering Town 13
= Les Whitton Dagenham 13
22 Carl Richards Enfield 12
23 Mark Carter Runcorn 11

Promotion and relegation

Relegated

Election to the Football League

This year Wealdstone, the champions of the Alliance Premier League, could not apply for election because their stadium did not meet Football League requirements. 2nd placed Nuneaton could not apply either for the same reason, and nor could 3rd placed Dartford, so 4th placed Bath City won by default the right to apply for election to the Football League to replace one of the four bottom sides in the 1984–85 Football League Fourth Division. The voting went as follows:

ClubFinal PositionVotes
Northampton Town 23rd (Fourth Division)52
Stockport County 22nd (Fourth Division)50
Torquay United 24th (Fourth Division)50
Halifax Town 21st (Fourth Division)48
Bath City 4th (Alliance Premier League)8

As a result of this, Bath City failed to gain membership of the Football League.

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References

  1. 1 2 3 Peter Dunk (ed.), Rothmans Football Yearbook 1985–86. Queen Anne Press, Macdonald & Co., London & Sydney, 1985.