The 2002–03 Football Conference season was the 24th season of the Football Conference.
This season the number of teams promoted to the Football League Division Three was increased from one to two, and play-offs were introduced to determine the second team to be promoted, along with the Conference champions. The bottom three, as usual, were relegated to either the Northern Premier League, the Southern Premier League or the Isthmian League.
The Northern Premier League is an English football league that was founded in 1968. It has three divisions - the Premier Division - and Division One North West and Division One South East.
The Isthmian League is a regional men's football league covering London, East and South East England featuring mostly semi-professional clubs. It is known as the BetVictor Isthmian League for sponsorship reasons.
Yeovil Town clinched the league title and won promotion to the Football League Division Three.
Yeovil Town Football Club is a professional association football club based in the town of Yeovil, Somerset, England. The team compete in National League, the fifth tier of the English football league system. The club's home ground is Huish Park, built in 1990 on the site of an old army camp and named after their former home, Huish, itself known for its pitch, which had an 8 feet (2.4 m) sideline to sideline slope. The club's nickname "The Glovers" is a reference to the history of glove-making in the town of Yeovil, which became a centre of the industry during the 18th and 19th centuries. The club's affiliated women's team, Yeovil Town W.F.C., compete in the FA Women's National League.
Doncaster Rovers also earned promotion to Division Three following their 3–2 play-off win over Dagenham & Redbridge, during extra time with a sudden death goal in the 110th minute.
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Dagenham & Redbridge Football Club, often known simply as Dagenham and abbreviated when written to Dag & Red, is a professional association football club based in Dagenham, London, England.
In a sport or game, sudden death is a form of competition where play ends as soon as one competitor is ahead of the others, with that competitor becoming the winner. Sudden death is typically used as a tiebreaker when a contest is tied at the end of regulation (normal) playing time or the completion of the normal playing task.
The regular season began on 17 August 2002, and ended on 26 April 2003.
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|Champions||Yeovil Town (1st Football Conference title)|
|Direct promotion||Yeovil Town|
|Promoted through play-offs||Doncaster Rovers|
|FA Trophy winners|| Burscough |
(Northern Premier League Premier Division) (1st FA Trophy title)
|Relegated to Level 6|| Kettering Town,|
|Goals scored||1,342 (2.9 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Paul Barnes (Doncaster Rovers), 25|
|Biggest home win||Yeovil – Southport 6–0 (5 October 2002)|
|Biggest away win||Woking – Morecambe 0–6 (22 February 2003)|
|Highest scoring||Burton Albion – Telford 4–7 (8 February 2003)|
|Longest winning run||?|
|Longest unbeaten run||?|
|Longest losing run||?|
|Highest attendance||Yeovil Town v Chester City, 8,111 (26 April 2003)|
|Average attendance||1,616 (+ 18% compared with the previous season)|
|Pos||Team||Pld||HW||HD||HL||HGF||HGA||AW||AD||AL||AGF||AGA||GD||Pts||Promotion or relegation|
|1||Yeovil Town||42||16||5||0||54||13||12||6||3||46||24||+63||95||Football Conference Champions, promoted to Football League Division Three|
|2||Morecambe||42||17||3||1||52||13||6||6||9||34||29||+44||78||Participated in play-offs|
|3||Doncaster Rovers||42||11||6||4||28||17||11||6||4||45||30||+26||78||Promoted to Football League Division Three through play-offs|
|4||Chester City||42||10||6||5||36||21||11||6||4||23||10||+28||75||Participated in play-offs|
|5||Dagenham & Redbridge||42||12||5||4||38||23||9||4||8||33||36||+12||72|
|8||Halifax Town||42||11||5||5||34||28||7||5||9||16||23||−1||64||Relegated from The Football League|
|9||Forest Green Rovers||42||12||3||6||41||29||5||5||11||20||33||−1||59|
|17||Gravesend & Northfleet||42||8||5||8||37||35||4||7||10||25||38||−11||48|
|20||Nuneaton Borough||42||9||4||8||27||32||4||3||14||24||46||−27||46||Relegated to Southern League|
|21||Southport||42||6||8||7||31||32||5||4||12||23||37||−15||45||Relegated to Northern Premier League|
|22||Kettering Town||42||4||3||14||23||39||4||4||13||14||34||−36||31||Relegated to Isthmian League|
Note: Burscough (Northern Premier League Premier Division) are the FA Trophy winners
Burscough Football Club is an English football club based in Burscough, Lancashire. The club is a member of the North West Counties League, and competes in the Premier Division. Its home ground is Victoria Park, Mart Lane, in Burscough.
The Football Association Challenge Trophy, commonly known as the FA Trophy, is a men's football knockout cup competition run by and named after the English Football Association and competed for primarily by semi-professional teams. The competition was instigated in 1969 to cater for those non-league clubs that paid their players and were therefore not eligible to enter the FA Amateur Cup.
|Home \ Away||BAR||BRT||CHE||D&R||DON||FAR||FGR||GRN||HAL||HER||KET||LEI||MAR||MOR||NOR||NUN||SCA||SOU||STB||TEL||WOK||YEO|
|Dagenham & Redbridge||5–1||1–2||1–0||3–3||1–0||3–1||4–0||0–0||1–0||3–1||3–1||3–0||1–1||2–0||1–2||1–0||0–3||3–2||1–1||1–1||0–4|
|Forest Green Rovers||4–4||2–0||0–2||5–2||1–2||3–1||2–1||0–2||1–3||1–0||4–1||4–1||1–0||1–0||6–1||0–0||0–2||0–3||1–1||3–2||2–1|
|Gravesend & Northfleet||2–2||3–2||0–1||1–2||2–2||0–0||1–1||1–0||3–0||0–2||1–3||1–2||3–2||1–1||4–1||5–2||1–3||2–1||0–2||4–2||2–4|
The Conference National play-offs determine the second team that will be promoted to the Football League Division Three. The teams placed second through fifth qualify for the play-offs. The semi-finals are played in a two-leg, home and away format, while the final is played as one leg, and this season it was held on 10 May 2003 at Britannia Stadium, Stoke, before a crowd of 13,092.
1st leg – 1 May 2003; 2nd leg – 5 May 2003
|Final at Britannia Stadium,|
Stoke-on-Trent 10 May 2003
|3rd||Doncaster Rovers (pen.)||1||1||2 (4)|
|4th||Chester City||1||1||2 (3)|
|3rd||Doncaster Rovers (a.e.t.), golden goal)||3|
|5th||Dagenham & Redbridge||2|
|5th||Dagenham & Redbridge (pen.)||2||1||3 (3)|
|Rank||Player||Club||League||Play-offs||FA Cup||FA Trophy||LDV||Total|
|1||Paul Barnes||Doncaster Rovers||25||1||2||0||0||28|
|2||Kirk Jackson||Yeovil Town||24||0||1||1||1||27|
|3||Gregg Blundell||Doncaster Rovers||20||0||0||2||0||22|
|6||Dino Maamria||Stevenage Borough||17||0||1||0||0||18|
|=||Daryl Clare||Chester City||17||0||0||0||0||17|
|8||Mark Stein||Dagenham & Redbridge||16||3||0||2||0||21|
|=||Christian Moore||Burton Albion||16||0||2||0||0||18|
|=||Steve West||Dagenham & Redbridge||16||0||0||1||0||17|
|=||David Brown||Telford United||16||0||0||1||0||17|
|12||Neil Grayson||Forest Green Rovers||15||0||0||5||0||20|
|=||Mark Quayle||Chester City||15||0||1||0||0||16|
|=||Paul Moore||Telford United||14||0||0||1||0||15|
|16||Kayode Odejayi||Forest Green Rovers||13||0||1||2||0||16|
|=||Kevin Gall||Yeovil Town||13||0||0||1||0||14|
|=||Steve Guinan||Hereford United||13||0||0||0||0||13|
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