1986–87 Football Conference

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The Football Conference season of 1986–87 (known as the GM Vauxhall Conference for sponsorship reasons) was the eighth season of the Football Conference, the first season under this name, this league having earlier been known as the Alliance Premier League.

Overview

This was the first season of automatic promotion for champions of the Conference, following the abolition of the re-election system, and automatic relegation to the Conference for the bottom placed team in the Football League Fourth Division. Scarborough finished the season as Conference champions, and so won automatic promotion to the Football League at the expense of Lincoln City.

New teams in the league this season

Final League Table1

Football Conference
Season 1986–871
Champions Scarborough (1st Football Conference title)
Promoted to the Football League Scarborough
Conference League Cup winners Kettering Town
FA Trophy winners Kidderminster Harriers
Relegated to
Level 6
Frickley Athletic,
Gateshead,
Nuneaton Borough
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1403 (3.04 per match)
Top goalscorer Kim Casey (Kidderminster Harriers), 38
Biggest home win Sutton UnitedKettering Town 8–0
Biggest away win GatesheadBarnet 1–5;
Nuneaton BoroughBoston United 1–5;
Kidderminster HarriersTelford United 0–4;
Nuneaton BoroughWeymouth 0–4;
WealdstoneBoston United 0–4
Highest scoring RuncornNorthwich Victoria 7–3
Longest winning run ?
Longest unbeaten run ?
Longest losing run ?
Highest attendance ?
Lowest attendance ?
Average attendance 917
Locations of the Football Conference teams 1986–1987
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Scarborough 42 12 7 2 31 19 15 3 3 33 14 64 33 + 31 91
2 Barnet 42 13 4 4 47 22 12 6 3 39 17 86 39 + 47 85
3 Maidstone United 42 14 4 3 43 16 7 6 8 28 32 71 48 + 23 73
4 Enfield 42 9 5 7 32 21 12 2 7 34 26 66 47 + 19 70
5 Altrincham 42 11 7 3 35 18 7 8 6 31 35 66 53 + 13 69
6 Boston United 42 11 4 6 40 28 10 2 9 42 46 82 64 + 18 69
7 Sutton United 42 12 4 5 52 24 7 7 7 29 27 81 51 + 30 68
8 Runcorn 42 12 7 2 45 23 6 6 9 26 35 71 58 + 13 67
9 Telford United 42 12 5 4 41 23 6 5 10 28 36 69 59 + 10 64
10 Bath City 42 9 5 7 35 31 8 7 6 28 31 63 62 + 1 63
11 Cheltenham Town 42 11 4 6 43 25 5 9 7 21 25 64 50 + 14 61
12 Kidderminster Harriers 42 10 4 7 46 34 7 0 14 31 47 77 81 – 4 55
13 Stafford Rangers 42 9 5 7 32 25 5 6 10 26 35 58 60 – 2 53
14 Weymouth 42 10 5 6 43 33 3 7 11 25 44 68 77 – 9 51
15 Dagenham 42 10 4 7 32 29 4 3 14 24 43 56 72 – 16 49
16 Kettering Town 42 8 5 8 35 28 4 6 11 19 38 54 66 – 12 47
17 Northwich Victoria 42 6 7 8 25 23 4 7 10 28 46 53 69 – 16 44
18 Nuneaton Borough 42 6 8 7 23 28 4 6 11 25 45 48 73 – 25 44 Relegated to Southern League notes 1
19 Wealdstone 42 7 5 9 26 34 4 5 12 24 36 50 70 – 20 43
20 Welling United 42 8 4 9 39 38 2 6 13 22 46 61 94 – 33 40
21 Frickley Athletic 42 5 7 9 28 37 2 4 15 19 45 47 82 – 35 32 Relegated to Northern Premier League
22 Gateshead 42 3 7 11 26 45 3 6 12 22 50 48 95 – 47 31 Relegated to 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.
  1. ^ Nuneaton Borough were relegated due to financial irregularities.
Key
Football Conference Champions, promoted to the Football League Fourth Division 1987–88
FA Trophy winners
Conference League Cup winners
New club in the Conference, see also Gateshead
Relegated to Level 6

Results1

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

Source: Peter Dunk (ed.), Rothmans Football Yearbook 1987–88. Queen Anne Press, Macdonald Futura Publishers, London & Sydney, 1987.
^ 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 38 4 2 0 44
2 Mick Carter Runcorn 30 2 6 3 41
3 Steve Butler Maidstone United 24 5 3 2 34
4 Gary Abbott Welling United 23 2 3 0 28
= Chris Cook Boston United 23 0 2 2 27
= Ken McKenna Telford United 23 1 0 0 24
7 Nicky Evans Barnet 22 0 4 0 26
= Chris Townsend Cheltenham Town 22 1 0 0 23
9 Mike Doherty Weymouth 16 0 1 1 18
= Paul Bodin Bath City 16 2 2 1 21
= Stewart Mell Scarborough 16 0 2 0 18
= John Timmons Altrincham 16 0 0 1 17

Promotion and relegation

Relegated

References

  1. ^ a b c d Peter Dunk (ed.), Rothmans Football Yearbook 1987–88. Queen Anne Press, Macdonald & Co., London & Sydney, 1987.

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