1988–89 Football Conference

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Football Conference
Season1988–89 [1]
Champions Maidstone United (2nd Football Conference title)
Promoted to the Football League Maidstone United
Conference League Cup winners Yeovil Town
FA Trophy winners Telford United
Relegated to
Level 6/Folded
Weymouth,
Newport County
Matches played420
Goals scored1,236 (2.94 per match)
Top goalscorer Steve Butler (Maidstone United), 26;
Mark Gall (Maidstone United), 26
Biggest home win Maidstone UnitedAltrincham 7–2 (27 August 1988);
Wycombe WanderersStafford Rangers 6–1 (11 February 1989);
Boston UnitedBarnet 5–0 (29 October 1988);
Maidstone UnitedYeovil Town 5–0 (22 October 1988);
RuncornAylesbury 5–0 (3 December 1988);
Welling UnitedAylesbury 5–0 (12 October 1988)
Biggest away win Boston UnitedRuncorn 0–6 (28 September 1988)
Highest scoring Maidstone UnitedAltrincham 7–2 (27 August 1988);
Kidderminster HarriersMaidstone United 3–6 (8 April 1989)
Longest winning run Boston United, Chorley, Maidstone, Runcorn, 6 matches
Longest unbeaten run Maidstone, 17 matches
Longest losing run Fisher Athletic, 6 matches
Highest attendance Wycombe Wanderers v Kettering Town, 4,890 (8 April 1989)
Lowest attendance?
Average attendance1195 (– 4% compared to previous season)
1989–90

The Football Conference season of 1988–89 (known as the GM Vauxhall Conference for sponsorship reasons) was the tenth season of the Football Conference.

Contents

It was the third season that the champions of the Conference were automatically promoted to the Football League after the abolition of the election system.

Overview

Maidstone United, who had been Conference champions once earlier in the decade and once the runners-up, were finally promoted to the Football League Fourth Division after gaining their second title at this level.

Newport County, the club newly relegated to the Conference from the Football League, were wound up due to debts on 27 February 1989. They were then expelled from the Conference for failing to fulfil their fixtures; their record was expunged.

New teams in the league this season

Final league table

PosTeamPldHWHDHLHGFHGAAWADALAGFAGAGDPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Maidstone United 401253482213434424+4684 Football Conference Champions, promoted to Football League Fourth Division
2 Kettering Town 40161335157672124+1776
3 Boston United 401235362810552523+1074
4 Wycombe Wanderers 40974342511453427+1671
5 Kidderminster Harriers 401046323211273625+1169
6 Runcorn 40113639228573831+2465
7 Macclesfield Town 4095631268573231+661
8 Barnet 40112736307582839561
9 Yeovil Town [lower-alpha 1] 4085734307673437+156Conference League Cup winners
10 Northwich Victoria 4085731306683335153
11 Welling United 4086627166591830153
12 Sutton United 401055432621082128+1051
13 Enfield 4074933327492935550
14 Altrincham 406862423721127381049
15 Cheltenham Town 40776322955102329348
16 Telford United 40551017248482019648 FA Trophy winners
17 Chorley [lower-alpha 1] 4064102632721131391445
18 Fisher Athletic 406410313247924331041
19 Stafford Rangers 407492732431322422540 [lower-alpha 2]
20 Aylesbury United [lower-alpha 1] 407492730251316412836Relegated to the Isthmian League
21 Weymouth 406772730131610403331Relegated to the Southern League
Newport County 0000000000000Expelled [lower-alpha 3]
Source: [1]
Notes:
  1. 1 2 3 New club in the Conference
  2. Stafford Rangers were reprieved from relegation due to Newport County's expulsion.
  3. Newport County were expelled from the Conference and their record was expunged.

Results

Home \ Away ALT AYL BAR BOS CHL CHO ENF FIS KET KID MAC MDS NOR RUN STA SUT TEL WEL WEY WYC YEO
Altrincham 1–01–10–00–11–20–01–11–23–11–30–12–21–22–11–00–03–12–12–22–2
Aylesbury United 1–21–31–20–04–32–11–10–11–51–21–22–01–21–11–02–00–04–10–23–2
Barnet 3–01–00–03–12–42–12–33–20–21–42–12–03–21–21–11–32–34–11–02–0
Boston United 3–12–05–01–12–03–22–41–10–23–21–42–10–62–13–11–02–02–00–11–1
Cheltenham Town 2–10–01–23–12–23–22–22–14–13–00–42–22–11–22–30–11–11–10–11–1
Chorley 1–01–12–30–11–41–21–10–11–30–11–33–11–33–12–12–01–10–03–22–3
Enfield 2–12–14–01–23–41–22–11–11–32–11–11–20–34–21–10–10–13–03–41–1
Fisher Athletic 1–10–21–21–32–04–01–23–02–02–20–22–40–10–11–10–11–33–23–34–2
Kettering Town 0–15–23–11–22–03–00–12–12–11–03–32–12–01–01–01–02–11–02–11–0
Kidderminster Harriers 2–34–31–00–23–20–21–32–11–10–13–61–12–13–21–01–12–11–02–02–2
Macclesfield Town 1–03–11–10–10–03–21–12–20–11–14–30–23–22–11–32–13–02–00–12–3
Maidstone United 7–21–13–23–02–02–03–11–00–00–33–34–12–23–01–11–33–03–01–35–0
Northwich Victoria 4–31–11–10–11–00–42–23–01–12–43–22–00–11–14–21–00–22–02–31–2
Runcorn 3–05–03–01–22–13–01–21–12–11–32–20–13–14–12–10–01–21–02–32–1
Stafford Rangers 0–23–11–24–11–13–23–10–12–10–11–10–20–10–41–11–33–01–01–12–6
Sutton United 3–25–25–10–01–11–23–12–10–21–11–21–13–33–12–01–20–13–13–05–2
Telford United 0–10–10–30–12–02–13–01–10–11–01–31–21–41–12–20–00–01–01–20–1
Welling United 0–05–01–13–20–21–00–03–12–10–12–00–00–04–01–31–10–14–00–10–2
Weymouth 1–30–01–12–23–22–32–31–03–03–11–21–32–21–11–02–20–01–00–30–2
Wycombe Wanderers 2–11–02–32–11–01–13–23–00–11–01–12–31–43–36–12–21–01–10–01–1
Yeovil Town 2–31–02–11–11–32–11–21–22–21–32–01–22–12–22–00–04–34–02–31–1
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Jack Rollin (ed.), Rothmans Football Yearbook 1989–80. Queen Anne Press, Macdonald Futura Publishers, London & Sydney, 1989. [1]
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
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Locations of the Football Conference teams 1988–1989

Top scorers

RankPlayerClubLeague FA Cup FA Trophy League CupTotal [1]
1 Steve Butler Maidstone United 2600127
= Mark Gall Maidstone United 2620129
3 Chris Camden Stafford Rangers 2390234
= Mark Carter Runcorn 2300124
5 Ken Charlery Maidstone United 2240026
6 Steve Burr Macclesfield Town 2105026
= Don Page Runcorn 2110325
8 Paul Davies Kidderminster Harriers 2010425
= Lenny Dennis Sutton United 2031529
= Mark West Wycombe Wanderers 2042026
11 Ronnie Ellis Altrincham 1820020
= Derrick Parker Northwich Victoria 1822022
13 Phil Power Chorley 1610017
= Guy Whittingham Yeovil Town 1600016
15 Chris Cook Boston United 1561123
= Dean Neal Fisher Athletic 1560021
= Paul Wilson Boston United 1551021
18 Frank Murphy Barnet 1420218
= Malcolm O'Connor Northwich Victoria 1461122
20 Gary Abbott Enfield 1341018
= Phil Derbyshire Macclesfield Town 1300013
= Ernie Moss Kettering Town 1313017

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 Jack Rollin (ed.), Rothmans Football Yearbook 1989–90. Queen Anne Press, MacDonald & Co., London and Sydney, 1989.