1987–88 Football Conference

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Football Conference
Season1987–88 [1]
Champions Lincoln City (1st Football Conference title)
Promoted to the Football League Lincoln City
Conference League Cup winners Horwich RMI (Northern Premier League)
FA Trophy winners Enfield
Relegated to
Level 6
Bath City,
Dagenham,
Wealdstone
Matches played462
Goals scored1,386 (3 per match)
Top goalscorer Steve Norris (Telford United), 24;
Phil Derbyshire, (Stafford Rangers), 24;
Paul Davies, (Kidderminster Harriers), 24
Biggest home win AltrinchamDagenham 6–0 (2 May 1988);
Northwich VictoriaBoston United 6–0 (5 May 1988)
Biggest away win Wycombe WanderersBarnet 0–7 (15 September 1987)
Highest scoring BarnetSutton United 6–2 (28 December 1987);
Lincoln CityKidderminster Harriers 5–3 (28 December 1987);
Wycombe WanderersCheltenham Town 5–3 (16 January 1988)
Longest winning run Kettering Town, Lincoln City, 6 matches
Longest unbeaten run Kidderminster Harriers, Lincoln City, 16 matches
Longest losing run Dagenham, 12 matches
Highest attendance Lincoln City v Wycombe Wanderers, 9,432 (2 May 1988)
Lowest attendance?
Average attendance1,249 (+ 36% from the previous season)
1988–89

The Football Conference season of 1987–88 (known as the GM Vauxhall Conference for sponsorship reasons) was the ninth season of the Football Conference.

Contents

Overview

Lincoln City, who had been relegated to the Conference a year earlier in the first season of automatic promotion and relegation between the Conference and the Fourth Division of the Football League, won the Conference title to reclaim their place in the Football League, where they replaced the bottom placed Fourth Division club Newport County.

The season featured an experimental rule change, whereby no attacker could be offside directly from a free-kick. The change was not deemed a success, as the attacking team invariably packed the six yard box for any free-kick (and had several players stand in front of the opposition goalkeeper). The experiment was swiftly dropped. [2]

New teams in the league this season

Final league table

PosTeamPldHWHDHLHGFHGAAWADALAGFAGAGDPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Lincoln City 42164153138673335+3882 Football Conference Champions, promoted to Football League Fourth Division
2 Barnet 42154257238763622+4880
3 Kettering Town 42135337209483128+2075
4 Runcorn 42144342207772627+2174
5 Telford United 42115533239573227+1570
6 Stafford Rangers 42124543258583633+2169
7 Kidderminster Harriers 42118242287773338+969
8 Sutton United 42984412571043629+2366
9 Maidstone United 42858383310474131+1563
10 Weymouth 421371331352142030+1063
11 Macclesfield Town [lower-alpha 1] 42105636278492835+263
12 Enfield 42858353475933441055 FA Trophy winners
13 Cheltenham Town 42611436325972835353
14 Altrincham 421155412135131838052
15 Fisher Athletic [lower-alpha 1] 42876282356103038352
16 Boston United 429573325521427501549
17 Northwich Victoria 428673025211816321147
18 Wycombe Wanderers [lower-alpha 1] 428583243381018332646
19 Welling United 428493332351317402242
20 Bath City 427592732251421442837Relegated to the Southern League
21 Wealdstone 4231172033261319433732
22 Dagenham 4243142046131717586721Relegated to the Isthmian League
Source: [1]
Notes:
  1. 1 2 3 New club in the Conference

Note: Conference League Cup winners, Horwich RMI F.C. (Northern Premier League)

Results

Home \ Away ALT BAR BAT BOS CHL DAG ENF FIS KET KID LIN MAC MDS NOR RUN STA SUT TEL WEA WEL WEY WYC
Altrincham 1–12–04–11–16–05–12–32–22–30–01–30–02–02–02–00–10–31–01–03–04–2
Barnet 3–14–01–01–13–23–02–04–01–14–22–12–04–11–22–26–20–25–15–23–21–1
Bath City 2–00–12–11–14–20–11–32–03–32–13–41–30–00–10–30–41–20–00–03–12–1
Boston United 2–22–12–04–11–02–32–10–21–01–20–23–30–12–24–10–01–10–11–21–04–0
Cheltenham Town 1–00–23–31–55–11–12–01–22–23–31–02–21–10–02–31–13–01–12–22–12–2
Dagenham 3–20–01–14–21–31–21–50–51–20–30–00–31–01–42–40–10–11–21–20–32–1
Enfield 1–12–01–33–20–12–20–02–05–20–01–22–40–11–30–02–31–45–21–03–23–2
Fisher Athletic 3–22–22–00–01–05–12–31–13–11–11–20–30–00–21–21–10–13–11–01–00–0
Kettering Town 1–21–11–13–01–13–02–12–11–12–03–20–23–10–31–02–21–03–21–03–03–0
Kidderminster Harriers 4–11–13–21–03–21–14–01–12–13–33–22–11–11–10–02–22–42–15–21–00–2
Lincoln City 5–02–13–05–15–13–04–03–00–15–33–01–13–21–02–11–10–03–02–10–02–0
Macclesfield Town 1–02–20–22–11–03–10–32–40–01–22–01–05–04–02–31–11–13–23–21–21–1
Maidstone United 2–22–13–01–22–22–03–22–22–31–21–22–01–13–04–22–42–41–10–12–10–1
Northwich Victoria 1–22–12–16–00–01–01–11–20–11–12–32–12–32–01–11–41–20–00–02–12–1
Runcorn 1–10–12–13–02–22–12–25–11–02–04–11–23–22–11–11–02–11–04–02–11–2
Stafford Rangers 3–01–11–03–42–24–03–13–22–10–21–40–12–33–02–12–01–15–22–00–03–0
Sutton United 2–10–13–11–23–01–13–32–02–22–04–12–35–11–12–22–02–11–11–10–12–2
Telford United 1–02–43–12–10–11–04–02–12–34–30–10–01–01–12–11–23–31–12–01–00–0
Wealdstone 0–00–61–11–11–42–31–02–10–21–10–01–11–32–20–14–20–02–21–10–20–0
Welling United 0–10–22–13–10–16–11–11–13–11–21–43–10–11–11–10–51–44–14–00–21–0
Weymouth 1–02–03–13–11–11–01–31–12–11–13–01–12–10–00–02–02–11–02–14–00–0
Wycombe Wanderers 1–00–72–21–25–32–11–51–10–30–11–25–01–51–12–20–41–12–11–03–12–1
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Rothmans Football Yearbook 1988–89. Queen Anne Press, Macdonald Futura Publishers, London & Sydney, 1988. [1]
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
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Wealdstone
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Locations of the Football Conference teams 1987–1988

Top scorers in order of league goals

RankPlayerClubLeague FA Cup FA Trophy League CupTotal [1]
1 Steve Norris Telford United 2406535
= Phil Derbyshire Stafford Rangers 2433232
= Paul Davies Kidderminster Harriers 2421027
4 Steve Butler Maidstone United 2234029
= Mark Carter Runcorn 2212025
= Nicky Evans Barnet 2270130
7 Nicky Francis Enfield 2114329
8 Steve Burr Macclesfield Town 1994032
= Lenny Dennis Sutton United 1940225
= Dave Sansom Barnet 1932327
11 Kim Casey Kidderminster Harriers 1722021
12 Phil Brown Lincoln City 1612120
= Mark Smith Kettering Town 1602119
= Paul Wilson Boston United 1623021
= Brett Angell Cheltenham Town 1651022
16 Steve Biggins Telford United 1513120
= John McGinley Lincoln City 1530220
= Paul McKinnon Sutton United 1520219

Promotion and relegation

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 Jack Rollin (ed.), Rothmans Football Yearbook 1988–89. Queen Anne Press, MacDonald & Co., London and Sydney, 1988.
  2. King, Ian (8 February 2014). "Six Of The Worst: Football's Failed Rule Change Experiments". twohundredpercent. Retrieved 21 September 2019.