1989–90 Football Conference

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Football Conference
Season1989–90 [1]
Champions Darlington (1st Football Conference title)
Promoted to the Football League Darlington
Conference League Cup winners Yeading (Isthmian League)
FA Trophy winners Barrow
Relegated to
Level 6
Chorley,
Enfield,
Farnborough Town
Matches played462
Goals scored1,317 (2.85 per match)
Top goalscorer Robbie Cooke (Kettering Town), 28
Biggest home win RuncornEnfield 9–0 (3 March 1990)
Biggest away win BarrowMerthyr Tydfil 1–5 (18 April 1990);
Stafford RangersDarlington 0–4 (21 April 1990);
Telford UnitedChorley 0–4 (9 December 1989);
Wycombe WanderersCheltenham Town 0–4 (30 December 1989);
Yeovil TownWelling United 0–4 (13 September 1989)
Highest scoring RuncornEnfield 9–0 (3 March 1990);
Farnborough TownRuncorn 6–3 (11 November 1989)
Longest winning run Barnet, 8 matches
Longest unbeaten run Darlington, 13 matches
Longest losing run Northwich Victoria, 6 matches
Highest attendance Barnet v Darlington, 5,880 (31 March 1990)
Lowest attendance?
Average attendance1,429 (+ 9% from previous season)
1990–91

The Football Conference season of 1989–90 (known as the GM Vauxhall Conference for sponsorship reasons) was the eleventh season of the Football Conference.

Contents

Overview

Darlington, relegated to the Conference from the Fourth Division a year earlier, finished the season as Conference champions and regained their Football League status at the first attempt – just as Lincoln City had done two years earlier. Coming down to the Conference from the Football League were the bottom placed Fourth Division club Colchester United.

New teams in the league this season

Final league table

PosTeamPldHWHDHLHGFHGAAWADALAGFAGAGDPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Darlington 421362431213353313+5187 Football Conference Champions, promoted to Football League Fourth Division
2 Barnet 421542461411373527+4085
3 Runcorn 421632522031082742+1770
4 Macclesfield Town 42116435166962125+1566
5 Kettering Town 42135335155793138+1366
6 Welling United 421164361674102634+1264
7 Yeovil Town 4298432258493029+863
8 Sutton United 421425422454122640+463
9 Merthyr Tydfil [lower-alpha 1] 4299341307592633+462
10 Wycombe Wanderers 421164422464112232+861
11 Cheltenham Town 4296630227592838259
12 Telford United 4287631297682534758
13 Kidderminster Harriers 42768373383102734354
14 Barrow [lower-alpha 1] 4211823325181218421652 FA Trophy winners
15 Northwich Victoria 429392930621322371650
16 Altrincham 4285831204891828+149
17 Stafford Rangers 429662523361225391248
18 Boston United 4210383630351312371947
19 Fisher Athletic 4291113434461121442346
20 Chorley 429572626411616412545Relegated to the Northern Premier League
21 Farnborough Town [lower-alpha 1] 427593330371127431342Relegated to the Southern League
22 Enfield 429393634131716553736Relegated to the Isthmian League
Source: [1]
Notes:
  1. 1 2 3 New club in the Conference

Note: Conference League Cup winners, Yeading (Isthmian League)

Results

Home \ Away ALT BAR BRW BOS CHL CHO DAR ENF FAR FIS KET KID MAC MER NOR RUN STA SUT TEL WEL WYC YEO
Altrincham 2–11–10–05–01–00–13–02–31–11–10–10–14–10–21–23–10–00–14–01–22–1
Barnet 1–01–01–24–05–00–22–04–14–14–12–10–04–01–02–21–14–12–11–12–01–0
Barrow 1–11–12–12–13–11–12–23–11–11–02–11–11–51–02–22–11–03–01–10–32–1
Boston United 2–31–22–12–10–11–31–02–22–01–22–33–02–21–33–23–03–12–22–12–00–1
Cheltenham Town 0–01–01–00–02–00–13–14–00–01–12–12–10–22–32–21–32–01–23–21–12–1
Chorley 2–11–40–10–00–20–32–21–02–02–21–00–01–01–20–21–13–21–24–01–03–2
Darlington 2–01–20–06–15–13–02–11–15–02–13–01–10–04–01–12–12–01–11–00–11–0
Enfield 2–11–33–00–14–22–00–30–01–20–32–11–12–02–03–24–12–31–22–33–51–1
Farnborough Town 0–00–13–01–04–01–31–02–31–11–10–11–20–10–16–33–31–32–13–11–12–4
Fisher Athletic 3–01–24–01–02–52–00–23–24–23–11–11–31–21–00–10–21–21–31–33–11–2
Kettering Town 3–03–22–05–01–02–11–33–21–13–00–20–02–03–01–10–02–01–10–11–01–0
Kidderminster Harriers 1–20–12–21–31–23–13–22–03–11–12–32–21–24–00–03–02–22–41–10–23–2
Macclesfield Town 1–00–12–10–03–00–00–04–00–00–13–11–23–23–14–02–21–13–03–21–01–2
Merthyr Tydfil 0–02–13–31–01–11–01–15–11–11–43–23–12–31–13–24–32–30–04–01–12–2
Northwich Victoria 2–30–21–01–00–00–11–01–00–22–12–21–22–03–11–14–32–30–22–33–01–4
Runcorn 0–02–24–33–12–43–22–19–03–24–03–12–12–01–02–13–01–03–00–12–01–1
Stafford Rangers 3–11–11–10–00–11–00–41–03–21–31–10–14–21–11–01–13–12–00–21–00–1
Sutton United 2–11–33–32–00–23–02–12–02–32–12–11–22–11–12–13–01–06–11–01–23–1
Telford United 1–31–33–04–20–00–40–11–14–23–11–31–11–01–12–12–10–21–10–04–11–1
Welling United 1–13–10–06–01–13–10–13–04–32–03–04–10–10–32–01–11–01–01–10–00–1
Wycombe Wanderers 1–11–04–01–00–44–00–11–01–06–12–23–31–11–23–35–02–13–21–11–01–2
Yeovil Town 0–03–22–22–11–12–10–23–10–02–20–23–10–04–01–21–10–03–11–00–44–2
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Jack Rollin (ed.), Rothmans Football Yearbook 1990–91. Queen Anne Press, MacDonald & Co., London and Sydney, 1991. [1]
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
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Locations of the Football Conference teams 1989–1990

Top scorers in order of league goals

RankPlayerClubLeague FA Cup FA Trophy League CupTotal [1]
1 Robbie Cooke Kettering Town 2800028
2 Efan Ekoku Sutton 2500025
3 Simon Read Farnborough Town 2320126
4 Ian Thompson Merthyr Tydfil 2130024
5 John Borthwick Darlington 1920122
= Mark Carter Runcorn 1902122
7 Mike Doherty Runcorn 1810019
8 Gary Bull Barnet 1750325
= Andrew Clarke Barnet 1720019
= Paul Furlong Enfield 1701119
= Paul Gorman Fisher Athletic 1700017
= Terry Robbins Welling United 1721222
= David Webley Merthyr Tydfil 1720019
14 Steve Burr Macclesfield Town 1632021
= Kim Casey Kidderminster Harriers 1603625
16 Paul McKinnon Sutton 1610320
= Mark West Wycombe Wanderers 1611220
18 Martin Hanchard Northwich Victoria 1420016
= Mark Whitehouse Kidderminster Harriers 1423221
20 David Cork Darlington 1213117
= Colin Cowperthwaite Barrow 1220115
= Ken McKenna Telford United 1202014
= Mickey Spencer Yeovil Town 1211317

Promotion and relegation

Relegated

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 Jack Rollin (ed.), Rothmans Football Yearbook 1990–91. Queen Anne Press, MacDonald & Co., London and Sydney, 1991.