1996–97 Football Conference

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Football Conference
Season1996–97 [1]
Champions Macclesfield Town (2nd Football Conference title)
Promoted to the Football League Macclesfield Town
Conference League Cup winners Kidderminster Harriers
FA Trophy winners Woking (3rd FA Trophy title
Relegated to Level 6 Altrincham,
Bath City,
Bromsgrove Rovers
Matches played462
Goals scored1,306 (2.83 per match)
Top goalscorer Lee Hughes (Kidderminster Harriers), 30
Biggest home win WokingAltrincham 7–1 (30 November 1996);
Kidderminster HarriersBath City 6–0 (28 December 1996);
Slough TownTelford United 6–0 (19 October 1996);
Stevenage BoroughHalifax Town 6–0 (17 August 1996)
Biggest away win Slough TownStevenage Borough 1–6 (1 January 1997);
Bromsgrove RoversNorthwich Victoria 0–5 (1 March 1997);
Dover AthleticKidderminster Harriers 0–5 (24 August 1996);
Telford UnitedRushden & Diamonds 0–5 (7 December 1996)
Highest scoring Halifax TownBath City 4–5 (15 February 1997)
Longest winning run Macclesfield Town, 8 matches
Longest unbeaten run Morecambe, 12 matches
Longest losing run Bromsgrove Rovers, 7 matches
Highest attendance Stevenage Borough v Kidderminster Harriers, 6,489 (25 January 1997)
Lowest attendance?
Average attendance1,258
1997–98

The Football Conference season of 1996–97 was the eighteenth season of the Football Conference, also known as the Vauxhall Conference for sponsorship reasons.

Contents

Overview

Macclesfield Town won their second Conference title in three years, and this time earned a promotion to the Football League – thanks to their upgraded stadium – at the expense of Hereford United.

New teams in the league this season

Final league table

PosTeamPldHWHDHLHGFHGAAWADALAGFAGAGDPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Macclesfield Town 421542411112543919+5090 Football Conference Champions, promoted to Football League Third Division
2 Kidderminster Harriers 421443481812363624+4285Conference League Cup winners
3 Stevenage Borough 42154253239663430+3482
4 Morecambe 42105634239483533+1366
5 Woking 42105641298583034+864 FA Trophy winners
6 Northwich Victoria 42115531206783034+763
7 Farnborough Town 4296635297772324+561
8 Hednesford Town 421074281765102433+260
9 Telford United 426782130103825261058
10 Gateshead 4286732277592736456
11 Southport 42858272875924331055
12 Rushden & Diamonds [lower-alpha 1] 42885302563123138253
13 Stalybridge Celtic 42957352955111829552
14 Kettering Town 42948302855112334951
15 Hayes [lower-alpha 1] 4277727215792734150
16 Slough Town 4277742325792033350
17 Dover Athletic 427953230551125381150
18 Welling United 4292102426471026341048
19 Halifax Town 429573937371116371948
20 Bath City 429572728361226522747Relegated to the Southern League
21 Bromsgrove Rovers 428492930411612372641
22 Altrincham 426312253439924392439Relegated to the Northern Premier League
Source: [1]
Notes:
  1. 1 2 New club in the Conference

Results

Home \ Away ALT BAT BRO DOV FAR GAT HAL HAY HED KET KID MAC MOR NOR R&D SLO SOU STL STB TEL WEL WOK
Altrincham 1–33–11–20–30–12–10–21–14–30–10–10–12–34–30–11–01–01–22–31–11–1
Bath City 1–21–02–11–13–00–03–12–10–20–30–32–13–23–20–00–20–20–02–33–13–1
Bromsgrove Rovers 4–02–13–11–12–23–02–21–01–20–10–32–30–50–14–10–10–11–12–11–00–3
Dover Athletic 2–22–22–00–00–12–21–02–20–10–52–13–02–21–10–00–12–13–31–42–15–1
Farnborough Town 1–14–12–12–31–23–01–11–00–22–10–12–22–22–22–13–31–03–10–22–11–2
Gateshead 1–15–01–01–31–00–11–10–11–13–10–00–35–11–02–12–20–22–22–31–23–2
Halifax Town 1–14–51–01–33–02–02–21–02–12–33–31–10–31–34–12–04–14–20–31–10–4
Hayes 3–10–11–02–00–00–00–04–02–10–10–22–31–11–15–01–10–21–30–11–13–2
Hednesford Town 2–22–03–01–10–10–01–12–00–01–44–12–13–01–02–10–12–10–00–00–32–0
Kettering Town 3–11–02–01–13–14–14–12–20–23–11–40–21–0 1–5 0–00–11–01–20–12–30–0
Kidderminster Harriers 1–16–01–24–12–33–23–05–12–14–00–02–21–01–01–23–01–13–01–03–21–0
Macclesfield Town 1–12–24–01–03–03–01–01–04–02–00–10–00–12–12–03–22–02–12–11–15–0
Morecambe 2–11–11–03–11–14–01–02–42–25–22–31–02–02–00–02–10–01–20–11–21–2
Northwich Victoria 2–21–01–02–01–14–22–22–12–12–11–12–11–01–20–15–10–10–11–00–01–2
Rushden & Diamonds 3–24–11–21–10–20–41–02–20–2 1–0 1–11–12–11–12–23–01–10–12–03–01–1
Slough Town 0–15–22–02–21–10–11–01–32–21–10–20–01–23–45–01–14–11–66–03–33–0
Southport 1–33–10–00–10–31–12–10–21–22–21–01–53–10–02–10–13–00–00–13–24–1
Stalybridge Celtic 1–02–23–04–22–02–52–33–11–23–14–10–12–10–12–02–22–20–30–00–00–2
Stevenage Borough 2–12–13–04–13–14–16–02–03–20–02–22–34–22–04–12–22–11–13–02–10–3
Telford United 0–01–13–11–02–00–31–10–01–11–00–20–32–32–20–50–21–01–12–32–01–2
Welling United 1–02–01–21–00–22–00–11–01–21–20–10–31–41–10–13–22–32–02–02–11–1
Woking 7–12–21–31–10–21–12–21–22–02–12–12–31–23–14–22–00–13–23–10–02–1
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Glenda Rollin (ed.), Jack Rollin (exec. ed.), Rothmans Football Yearbook 1997–98. Headline, 1997. [1]
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
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Locations of the Football Conference teams 1996–1997

Promotion and relegation

Relegated

Top scorers in order of league goals

RankPlayerClubLeague FA Cup FA Trophy League CupTotal
1 Lee Hughes Kidderminster Harriers 3012134
2 Lennie Dennis Welling United 2111225
3 Andy Whittaker Southport 1962027
4 Gary Abbott Slough Town 1800018
5 Justin Jackson Woking 1742023
6 Barry Hayles Stevenage Borough 1632021
= David Leworthy Rushden & Diamonds 1640020
= Lee Steele Northwich Victoria 1600016
9 Joe O'Connor Hednesford 1590024
= Paul Thompson Gateshead 1561123
= Clive Walker Woking 1531019
= Steve Wood Macclesfield Town 1500116
13 Mike Davis Bath City 1470021
= Neil Doherty Kidderminster Harriers 1411016
= Niell Hardy Altrincham 1431018
= Mickey Norbury Halifax Town 1400014
17 Carl Alford Rushden & Diamonds 1320015
= Ian Arnold Stalybridge Celtic 1300013
= Chris Boothe Farnborough Town 1390325
= Martin Randall Hayes 1304017
= Phil Wingfield Farnborough Town 1321016

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 Glenda Rollin (ed.), Jack Rollin (exec. ed.), Rothmans Football Yearbook 1997–98. Headline, 1997.