1985–86 Alliance Premier League

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Alliance Premier League
Season1985–86 [1]
Champions Enfield (2nd Alliance Premier League title)
Promoted to the Football League None
FA Trophy winners Altrincham
Relegated to
Level 6
Barrow,
Dartford,
Wycombe Wanderers
Promoted for the next season Gateshead,
Sutton,
Welling United
Matches played462
Goals scored1,377 (2.98 per match)
Top goalscorer Kim Casey (Kidderminster Harriers), 36
Biggest home win Kidderminster HarriersWycombe Wanderers 8–2;
Bath CityBarrow 6–0
Biggest away win Cheltenham TownKidderminster Harriers 2–6;
BarrowRuncorn 0–4
Highest scoring AltrinchamNuneaton Borough 7–4
Longest winning run?
Longest unbeaten run?
Longest losing run?
Highest attendance?
Lowest attendance?
Average attendance?
1986–87

The Alliance Premier League season of 1985–86 (known as the Gola League 1985–86 for sponsorship reasons) was the seventh season of the Alliance Premier League. This was the first year where a team from the Isthmian League had been promoted to the APL.

Contents

New teams in the league this season

Final league table

PosTeamPldHWHDHLHGFHGAAWADALAGFAGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Enfield 421542482012634627+4776 Football Conference Champions, no promotion
2 Frickley Athletic 42164146219663229+2869
3 Kidderminster Harriers 421245512812364834+3767
4 Altrincham 42143442278852822+2163 FA Trophy winners
5 Weymouth 42118243248763236+1561
6 Runcorn 42116440178853027+2660
7 Stafford Rangers [lower-alpha 1] 42107430229663132+760Conference League Cup winners
8 Telford United 421353422455112642+251
9 Kettering Town 42116437244981829+249
10 Wealdstone 421056352864112228+147
11 Cheltenham Town [lower-alpha 1] 421344472737112242046
12 Bath City 42588282583102529145
13 Boston United 4211554126521425501044
14 Barnet 42948322347102437441
15 Scarborough 4210473531371119351240
16 Northwich Victoria 4256102425561018291237
17 Maidstone United 42795352927122237936
18 Nuneaton Borough 4283102727521431461536
19 Dagenham 426782329451225371836
20 Wycombe Wanderers [lower-alpha 1] 427683035371125492936Relegated to the Isthmian League
21 Dartford 427683633131715493126Relegated to the Southern League
22 Barrow 4256102634221715524524Relegated to the Northern Premier 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. 1 2 3 New clubs in the Conference

Results

Home \ Away ALT BAR BRW BAT BOS CHL DAG DAR ENF FRK KET KID MDS NOR NUN RUN SCA STA TEL WEA WEY WYC
Altrincham 2–02–01–21–34–13–10–01–41–02–22–11–02–17–41–12–01–31–01–03–14–3
Barnet 2–24–11–03–02–24–12–00–11–23–00–13–31–00–11–21–00–21–21–02–20–1
Barrow 0–10–11–12–12–21–01–21–22–21–03–41–11–22–00–42–40–11–01–13–41–1
Bath City 0–21–16–02–01–11–12–00–21–21–12–41–10–00–20–10–00–13–02–32–23–1
Boston United 1–31–22–11–11–23–03–01–20–34–12–12–23–03–22–12–11–12–21–05–01–1
Cheltenham Town 2–02–12–01–22–12–23–12–01–15–12–62–12–05–31–15–12–01–11–20–14–2
Dagenham 1–32–13–00–12–21–32–10–20–01–00–10–01–03–22–30–01–11–40–22–21–1
Dartford 3–25–33–21–20–13–31–12–31–20–25–11–12–00–10–11–13–32–11–21–11–0
Enfield 1–11–04–03–13–01–03–11–03–11–12–21–31–03–22–04–03–14–11–04–42–3
Frickley Athletic 0–03–32–02–15–12–13–21–01–43–03–12–01–02–23–12–13–03–12–11–02–2
Kettering Town 2–21–14–22–03–12–10–22–22–12–02–22–02–11–40–00–00–14–02–10–24–1
Kidderminster Harriers 0–20–22–13–13–25–12–04–11–21–00–03–12–22–12–45–11–13–03–11–28–2
Maidstone United 1–22–20–03–21–21–02–13–03–33–20–02–10–15–11–11–12–44–40–10–01–1
Northwich Victoria 1–20–10–11–23–43–10–12–02–22–30–00–01–00–31–10–02–00–12–20–14–0
Nuneaton Borough 0–04–10–12–30–10–11–23–11–50–10–30–31–01–31–03–13–01–10–03–03–0
Runcorn 2–10–03–12–03–05–01–15–01–12–20–10–23–02–33–10–03–01–01–11–22–1
Scarborough 1–03–13–12–12–12–12–11–11–32–32–33–52–00–02–11–12–43–10–11–11–2
Stafford Rangers 1–10–01–01–02–12–03–15–11–10–00–03–22–11–22–01–10–30–32–12–31–1
Telford United 2–12–23–11–02–13–02–12–12–22–12–20–12–44–01–12–31–00–02–14–13–1
Wealdstone 2–22–04–00–17–20–00–42–12–42–03–10–33–20–01–01–10–32–31–11–02–0
Weymouth 0–04–23–20–00–00–02–12–12–22–31–01–22–02–22–05–24–11–15–24–21–1
Wycombe Wanderers 0–12–01–11–44–13–31–13–21–01–30–02–52–21–12–00–12–12–41–21–00–3
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Peter Dunk (ed.), Rothmans Football Yearbook 1986–87. Queen Anne Press, Macdonald & Co., London & Sydney, 1986. [1]
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
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Barnet
Dagenham
Dartford
Enfield
Wealdstone
Locations of the Alliance Premier League 1985–1986 London teams

Top scorers

Source: [1]
RankPlayerClubLeague FA Cup FA Trophy League CupTotal
1 Kim Casey Kidderminster Harriers 36
2 Carl Richards Enfield 28
3 Mike Doherty Weymouth 25
4 Mick Carter Runcorn 22
5 Paul Davies Kidderminster Harriers 21
6 Nicky Evans Barnet 20
= Gary Hooley Frickley Athletic / Scarborough 20
8 Ken McKenna Telford United 18
= Paul Wilson Frickley Athletic 18
10 Graham Bennett Stafford Rangers 17
11 Mark Boyland Cheltenham Town 16
= Dave Gilbert Boston United 16
13 Colin Cowperthwaite Barrow 15
= Frank Murphy Nuneaton Borough 15
15 Tony Burman Dartford 14
= David Singleton Bath City 14
= Tim Smithers Nuneaton Borough 14
= Chris Townsend Cheltenham Town 14
19 Tony Agana Weymouth 13
= Noel Ashford Enfield 13
21 Phil Derbyshire Stafford Rangers 12
22 Bob Mountain Stafford Rangers 11
23 Stephen Claridge Weymouth 10

Promotion and relegation

Relegated

Election to the Football League

As winners of the Alliance Premier League, Enfield won the right to apply for election to the Football League to replace one of the four bottom sides in the 1985–86 Football League Fourth Division. The vote went as follows:

ClubFinal PositionVotes
Exeter City 21st (Fourth Division)64
Preston North End 23rd (Fourth Division)62.5
Cambridge United 22nd (Fourth Division)61
Torquay United 24th (Fourth Division)61
Enfield 1st (Alliance Premier League)7.5

As a result Enfield did not gain membership of the Football League. This was the final season in which the team who won the Conference National had to apply for election to the Football League, and from the 1986–87 season onward the winning team was automatically promoted, on the provision that they met the various conditions that the Football League set for all its members.

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 Peter Dunk (ed.), Rothmans Football Yearbook 1986–87. Queen Anne Press, Macdonald & Co., London & Sydney, 1986.