2002–03 Football Conference

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The 2002–03 Football Conference season was the 24th season of the Football Conference.

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Overview

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.

Northern Premier League English football 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.

Isthmian League English football league

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 F.C. association football club

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.

Doncaster Rovers F.C. Association football club

Doncaster Rovers Football Club is a professional association football club based in the town of Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England. The team competes in League One, the third tier of the English football league system, after promotion from League Two in 2016–17.

Dagenham & Redbridge F.C. Association football club in London, England

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.

Changes since the previous season

Burton Albion F.C. Association football club

Burton Albion Football Club is a professional association football club in the town of Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England. The team plays in League One, the third tier of English football. Burton Albion competed in non-League of English football from their formation in 1950 until 2009, when they were promoted to the Football League.

Ebbsfleet United F.C. association football club

Ebbsfleet United Football Club is an English football club based in Northfleet, Kent, that competes in the National League, the fifth tier of English football. The team's home ground has been Stonebridge Road since its inception in 1946.

Halifax Town A.F.C. association football club in Halifax, England

Halifax Town Association Football Club was an English football club, which played in the Football League from 1921–1993 and 1998–2002.

Final league table

Football Conference
Season2002–03 [1] [2]
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,
Nuneaton Borough,
Southport
Matches played462
Goals scored1,342 (2.9 per match)
Top goalscorer Paul Barnes (Doncaster Rovers), 25
Biggest home win YeovilSouthport 6–0 (5 October 2002)
Biggest away win WokingMorecambe 0–6 (22 February 2003)
Highest scoring Burton AlbionTelford 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)
Lowest attendance?
Average attendance1,616 (+ 18% compared with the previous season)
2003–04
PosTeamPldHWHDHLHGFHGAAWADALAGFAGAGDPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Yeovil Town 421650541312634624+6395 Football Conference Champions, promoted to Football League Division Three
2 Morecambe 42173152136693429+4478Participated in play-offs
3 Doncaster Rovers 421164281711644530+2678Promoted to Football League Division Three through play-offs
4 Chester City 421065362111642310+2875Participated in play-offs
5 Dagenham & Redbridge 42125438239483336+1272
6 Hereford United 42957362210292829+1364
7 Scarborough 42123641286782226+964
8 Halifax Town 42115534287591623164Relegated from The Football League
9 Forest Green Rovers 421236412955112033159
10 Margate 42894322472122842656
11 Barnet 42948322841073340353
12 Stevenage Borough 42768312574103030+652
13 Farnborough Town 42867372956102027+151
14 Northwich Victoria 42651026347774038651
15 Telford United 427212203375934361549
16 Burton Albion [lower-alpha 1] 426692531741027462549
17 Gravesend & Northfleet [lower-alpha 1] 428583735471025381148
18 Leigh RMI 428582634611418372748
19 Woking 428763035371122462947
20 Nuneaton Borough 429482732431424462746Relegated to Southern League
21 Southport 426873132541223371545Relegated to Northern Premier League
22 Kettering Town [lower-alpha 1] 4243142339441314343631Relegated to Isthmian League
Source: [1]
Notes:
  1. 1 2 3 New club in the Conference

Note: Burscough (Northern Premier League Premier Division) are the FA Trophy winners

Burscough F.C. English football club

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.

FA Trophy

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.

Locations

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Locations of the Football Conference London teams 2002–2003

Results

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
Barnet 2–20–32–11–21–22–01–40–02–10–24–00–11–13–42–13–03–1 0–2 3–00–02–1
Burton Albion 0–32–00–01–22–02–31–12–22–02–00–10–11–41–11–01–11–01–24–70–21–1
Chester City 1–12–15–21–00–20–11–12–00–10–02–15–02–12–31–20–02–02–04–12–22–2
Dagenham & Redbridge 5–11–21–03–31–03–14–00–01–03–13–13–01–12–01–21–00–33–21–11–10–4
Doncaster Rovers 2–11–00–05–11–01–04–1 0–0 1–03–13–13–01–12–01–21–00–33–21–11–10–4
Farnborough Town 2–25–11–21–00–00–31–13–02–20–11–04–12–33–20–21–12–10–12–25–02–4
Forest Green Rovers 4–42–00–25–21–23–12–10–21–31–04–14–11–01–06–10–00–20–31–13–22–1
Gravesend & Northfleet 2–23–20–11–22–20–01–11–03–00–21–31–23–21–14–15–21–32–10–24–22–4
Halifax Town 2–40–10–03–3 2–1 1–01–12–11–04–01–02–21–00–53–12–13–41–02–01–12–3
Hereford United 4–04–00–02–12–42–11–13–01–12–00–12–31–21–22–10–10–22–22–05–00–0
Kettering Town 1–21–20–11–30–21–42–31–10–12–30–11–13–22–23–01–31–01–02–40–30–1
Leigh RMI 4–24–20–41–30–23–21–00–00–20–22–22–01–01–11–10–21–12–10–31–02–4
Margate 2–20–00–10–12–10–03–04–22–10–22–22–01–14–41–13–11–01–11–12–11–2
Morecambe 1–15–01–12–13–01–14–02–02–03–11–02–13–03–13–23–13–03–11–05–01–2
Northwich Victoria 1–11–31–10–21–22–22–11–20–22–21–20–11–03–23–10–22–11–12–11–31–2
Nuneaton Borough 3–21–21–01–30–30–23–20–12–00–31–00–13–21–11–41–13–23–01–01–11–1
Scarborough 1–14–10–10–12–51–03–03–20–12–14–12–03–21–04–14–12–21–21–41–12–1
Southport 2–12–21–32–30–40–02–21–12–01–20–04–20–22–31–11–01–13–21–15–10–1
Stevenage Borough 1–2 0–10–12–02–35–00–01–00–10–22–03–11–31–12–23–11–13–01–31–12–2
Telford United 2–10–20–11–24–40–20–12–11–20–12–01–11–00–31–01–20–22–01–31–00–5
Woking 0–02–21–00–02–21–11–02–32–11–22–13–01–50–62–32–12–11–11–53–01–1
Yeovil Town 0–06–11–12–21–12–01–02–23–04–04–03–12–12–02–13–21–06–02–13–04–0
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Soccerbase
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Play-offs

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.

 Semi-finals
1st leg – 1 May 2003; 2nd leg – 5 May 2003
Final at Britannia Stadium,
Stoke-on-Trent 10 May 2003
           
3rd Doncaster Rovers (pen.)112 (4) 
4th Chester City 112 (3) 
  3rd Doncaster Rovers (a.e.t.), golden goal)3
  5th Dagenham & Redbridge 2
2nd Morecambe 123 (2)
5th Dagenham & Redbridge (pen.)213 (3) 

Source: [1]

Top scorers in order of league goals

RankPlayerClubLeaguePlay-offs FA Cup FA Trophy LDV Total
1 Paul Barnes Doncaster Rovers 25120028
2 Kirk Jackson Yeovil Town 24011127
3 Gregg Blundell Doncaster Rovers 20002022
4 Junior Agogo Barnet 20000020
5 Wayne Curtis Morecambe 18000018
6 Dino Maamria Stevenage Borough 17010018
= Daryl Clare Chester City 17000017
8 Mark Stein Dagenham & Redbridge 16302021
= Christian Moore Burton Albion 16020018
= Steve West Dagenham & Redbridge 16001017
= David Brown Telford United 16001017
12 Neil Grayson Forest Green Rovers 15005020
= Mark Quayle Chester City 15010016
14 Warren Patmore Woking 14002016
= Paul Moore Telford United 14001015
16 Kayode Odejayi Forest Green Rovers 13012016
= Lee Elam Morecambe 13011015
= Kevin Gall Yeovil Town 13001014
= Steve Guinan Hereford United 13000013

Source: [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2003–2004. Glenda Rollin & Jack Rollin (eds.), Headline, 2003.
  2. Soccerbase