1985–86 Alliance Premier League

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The Alliance Premier League season of 1985–86 (known as the Gola League 1985–86 for sponsorship reasons) was the seventh season of the Alliance Premier League.

New teams in the league this season

Final League Table1

Alliance Premier League
Season 1985–861
Champions Enfield (2nd Alliance Premier League title)
Promoted to the Football League None
FA Trophy winners Altrincham
Relegated to
Level 6
Barrow,
Dartford,
Wycombe Wanderers
Promoted for the next season Gateshead,
Sutton,
Welling United
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1311 (2.84 per match)
Top goalscorer Kim Casey (Kidderminster Harriers), 36
Biggest home win Kidderminster HarriersWycombe Wanderers 8–2;
Bath CityBarrow 6–0
Biggest away win Cheltenham TownKidderminster Harriers 2–6;
BarrowRuncorn 0–4
Highest scoring AltrinchamNuneaton Borough 7–4
Longest winning run ?
Longest unbeaten run ?
Longest losing run ?
Highest attendance ?
Lowest attendance ?
Average attendance ?
Locations of the Alliance Premier League 1985–1986 London teams
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Enfield 42 15 4 2 48 20 12 6 3 46 27 94 47 + 47 76
2 Frickley Athletic 42 16 4 1 46 21 9 6 6 32 29 78 50 + 28 69
3 Kidderminster Harriers 42 12 4 5 51 28 12 3 6 48 34 99 62 + 37 67
4 Altrincham 42 14 3 4 42 27 8 8 5 28 22 70 49 + 21 63
5 Weymouth 42 11 8 2 43 24 8 7 6 32 36 75 60 + 15 61
6 Runcorn 42 11 6 4 40 17 8 8 5 30 27 70 44 + 26 60
7 Stafford Rangers 42 10 7 4 30 22 9 6 6 31 32 61 54 + 7 60
8 Telford United 42 13 5 3 42 24 5 5 11 26 42 68 66 + 2 51
9 Kettering Town 42 11 6 4 37 24 4 9 8 18 29 55 53 + 2 49
10 Wealdstone 42 10 5 6 35 28 6 4 11 22 28 57 56 + 1 47
11 Cheltenham Town 42 13 4 4 47 27 3 7 11 22 42 69 69 ± 0 46
12 Bath City 42 5 8 8 28 25 8 3 10 25 29 53 54 – 1 45
13 Boston United 42 11 5 5 41 26 5 2 4 25 50 66 76 – 10 44
14 Barnet 42 9 4 8 32 23 4 7 10 24 37 56 60 – 4 41
15 Scarborough 42 10 4 7 35 31 3 7 11 19 35 54 66 – 12 40
16 Northwich Victoria 42 5 6 10 24 25 5 6 10 18 29 42 54 – 12 37
17 Maidstone United 42 7 9 5 35 29 2 7 12 22 37 57 66 – 9 36
18 Nuneaton Borough 42 8 3 10 27 27 5 2 14 31 46 58 73 – 15 36
19 Dagenham 42 6 7 8 23 29 4 5 12 25 37 48 66 – 18 36
20 Wycombe Wanderers 42 7 6 8 30 35 3 7 11 25 49 55 84 – 29 36 Relegated to the Isthmian League
21 Dartford 42 7 6 8 36 33 1 3 17 15 49 51 82 – 31 26 Relegated to the Southern League
22 Barrow 42 5 6 10 26 34 2 2 17 15 52 41 86 – 45 24 Relegated to the Northern Premier League
  • Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  • Points scoring: 2 points for a home win, 3 points for an away win, 1 point for a draw.
Key
Football Conference Champions, no promotion
FA Trophy winners
Conference League Cup winners
New clubs in the Conference, see Stafford Rangers, Wycombe Wanderers
Relegated to Level 6

Results1

Home \ Away[1] ALT BRN BRW BAT BOS CHL DAG DAR ENF FRK KET KID MAI NOR NUN RUN SCA STF TEL WEA WEY WYC
Altrincham 2–0 2–0 1–2 1–3 4–1 3–1 0–0 1–4 1–0 2–2 2–1 1–0 2–1 7–4 1–1 2–0 1–3 1–0 1–0 3–1 4–3
Barnet 2–2 4–1 1–0 3–0 2–2 4–1 2–0 0–1 1–2 3–0 0–1 3–3 1–0 0–1 1–2 1–0 0–2 1–2 1–0 2–2 0–1
Barrow 0–1 0–1 1–1 2–1 2–2 1–0 1–2 1–2 2–2 1–0 3–4 1–1 1–2 2–0 0–4 2–4 0–1 1–0 1–1 3–4 1–1
Bath City 0–2 1–1 6–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–2 1–1 2–4 1–1 0–0 0–2 0–1 0–0 0–1 3–0 2–3 2–2 3–1
Boston United 1–3 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–2 3–0 3–0 1–2 0–3 4–1 2–1 2–2 3–0 3–2 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–2 1–0 5–0 1–1
Cheltenham Town 2–0 2–1 2–0 1–2 2–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 1–1 5–1 2–6 2–1 2–0 5–3 1–1 5–1 2–0 1–1 1–2 0–1 4–2
Dagenham 1–3 2–1 3–0 0–1 2–2 1–3 2–1 0–2 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 3–2 2–3 0–0 1–1 1–4 0–2 2–2 1–1
Dartford 3–2 5–3 3–2 1–2 0–1 3–3 1–1 2–3 1–2 0–2 5–1 1–1 2–0 0–1 0–1 1–1 3–3 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–0
Enfield 1–1 1–0 4–0 3–1 3–0 1–0 3–1 1–0 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–3 1–0 3–2 2–0 4–0 3–1 4–1 1–0 4–4 2–3
Frickley Athletic 0–0 3–3 2–0 2–1 5–1 2–1 3–2 1–0 1–4 3–0 3–1 2–0 1–0 2–2 3–1 2–1 3–0 3–1 2–1 1–0 2–2
Kettering Town 2–2 1–1 4–2 2–0 3–1 2–1 0–2 2–2 2–1 2–0 2–2 2–0 2–1 1–4 0–0 0–0 0–1 4–0 2–1 0–2 4–1
Kidderminster Harriers 0–2 0–2 2–1 3–1 3–2 5–1 2–0 4–1 1–2 1–0 0–0 3–1 2–2 2–1 2–4 5–1 1–1 3–0 3–1 1–2 8–2
Maidstone United 1–2 2–2 0–0 3–2 1–2 1–0 2–1 3–0 3–3 3–2 0–0 2–1 0–1 5–1 1–1 1–1 2–4 4–4 0–1 0–0 1–1
Northwich Victoria 1–2 0–1 0–1 1–2 3–4 3–1 0–1 2–0 2–2 2–3 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–3 1–1 0–0 2–0 0–1 2–2 0–1 4–0
Nuneaton Borough 0–0 4–1 0–1 2–3 0–1 0–1 1–2 3–1 1–5 0–1 0–3 0–3 1–0 1–3 1–0 3–1 3–0 1–1 0–0 3–0 3–0
Runcorn 2–1 0–0 3–1 2–0 3–0 5–0 1–1 5–0 1–1 2–2 0–1 0–2 3–0 2–3 3–1 0–0 3–0 1–0 1–1 1–2 2–1
Scarborough 1–0 3–1 3–1 2–1 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–3 2–3 2–3 3–5 2–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 2–4 3–1 0–1 1–1 1–2
Stafford Rangers 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 3–1 5–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 3–2 2–1 1–2 2–0 1–1 0–3 0–3 2–1 2–3 1–1
Telford United 2–1 2–2 3–1 1–0 2–1 3–0 2–1 2–1 2–2 2–1 2–2 0–1 2–4 4–0 1–1 2–3 1–0 0–0 2–1 4–1 3–1
Wealdstone 2–2 2–0 4–0 0–1 7–2 0–0 0–4 2–1 2–4 2–0 3–1 0–3 3–2 0–0 1–0 1–1 0–3 2–3 1–1 1–0 2–0
Weymouth 0–0 4–2 3–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 2–1 2–2 2–3 1–0 1–2 2–0 2–2 2–0 5–2 4–1 1–1 5–2 4–2 1–1
Wycombe Wanderers 0–1 2–0 1–1 1–4 4–1 3–3 1–1 3–2 1–0 1–3 0–0 2–5 2–2 1–1 2–0 0–1 2–1 2–4 1–2 1–0 0–3

Source: Peter Dunk (ed.), Rothmans Football Yearbook 1986–87. Queen Anne Press, Macdonald & Co., London & Sydney, 1986.
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Topscorers1

Rank Player Club League FA Cup FA Trophy League Cup Total
1 Kim Casey Kidderminster Harriers 36
2 Carl Richards Enfield 28
3 Mike Doherty Weymouth 25
4 Mick Carter Runcorn 22
5 Paul Davies Kidderminster Harriers 21
6 Nicky Evans Barnet 20
= Gary Hooley Frickley Athletic / Scarborough 20
8 Ken McKenna Telford United 18
= Paul Wilson Frickley Athletic 18
10 Graham Bennett Stafford Rangers 17
11 Mark Boyland Cheltenham Town 16
= Dave Gilbert Boston United 16
13 Colin Cowperthwaite Barrow 15
= Frank Murphy Nuneaton Borough 15
15 Tony Burman Dartford 14
= David Singleton Bath City 14
= Tim Smithers Nuneaton Borough 14
= Chris Townsend Cheltenham Town 14
19 Tony Agana Weymouth 13
= Noel Ashford Enfield 13
21 Phil Derbyshire Stafford Rangers 12
22 Bob Mountain Stafford Rangers 11
23 Stephen Claridge Weymouth 10

Promotion and relegation

Relegated

Election to the Football League

As winners of the Alliance Premier League, Enfield won the right to apply for election to the Football League to replace one of the four bottom sides in the 1985–86 Football League Fourth Division. The vote went as follows:

Club Final Position Votes
Exeter City 21st (Fourth Division) 64
Preston North End 23rd (Fourth Division) 62.5
Cambridge United 22nd (Fourth Division) 61
Torquay United 24th (Fourth Division) 61
Enfield 1st (Alliance Premier League) 7.5

As a result Enfield did not gain membership of the Football League. This was the last season where teams who won the Conference National had to apply for election to the Football League; from the 1986–87 season the winning team was automatically promoted, provided they met the conditions that the Football League had set for its members.

References

  1. ^ a b c d Peter Dunk (ed.), Rothmans Football Yearbook 1986–87. Queen Anne Press, Macdonald & Co., London & Sydney, 1986.

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