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The Northern Premier League
Premier League
is an English football league that was founded in 1968. It has three divisions - the Premier Division (which stands at level 7 of the English football league system) - and Division One North and Division One South (which both stand at level 8). Geographically, the league covers all of Northern England
England
and the northern/central areas of the Midlands. Originally a single-division competition, a second division was added in 1987: Division One, and in 2007 a third was added when Division One split into two geographic sections - Division One North and Division One South. Successful teams at the top of the NPL Premier Division are promoted to level 6 of the pyramid (either National League North
National League North
or National League South), and at the bottom end of the competition, teams are relegated down to level 9, where several regional feeder leagues promote clubs into the league.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Sponsorship

2 Structure 3 Current members

3.1 Premier Division 3.2 Division One North 3.3 Division One South

4 Honours

4.1 Champions 4.2 Promoted

5 Cup competitions

5.1 League Challenge Cup

5.1.1 Finals

5.2 Defunct competitions

5.2.1 Winners

6 See also 7 References 8 External links

History[edit] The Northern Premier League
Premier League
(NPL) was founded in 1968, as the northern equivalent of the Southern League, decades after the other two leagues at what is now the seventh tier of the English football league system, the Isthmian League
Isthmian League
and the Southern League. At that time they were the highest level non-League division below the English Football League, the same level as the other league in Northern England, the Northern League.[1] Over the next two decades, the NPL successfully displaced its older rival to become the pre-eminent regional competition in Northern England, with the Northern League eventually forced to accept status as feeder league to the NPL. In 1979, upon the creation of the Alliance Premier League
Alliance Premier League
(which later became the Conference and is now the National League), the NPL became a feeder league and fell down one level in the English football league system, and with the then-Conference's addition of regional divisions in 2004 the NPL was demoted by a further tier and there are now two levels between it and the English Football League. From 1992–93 to 1994–95 the League's Division One included two non-English clubs, Caernarfon Town from Wales
Wales
and Gretna from Scotland, who have later joined their countries' league systems. Colwyn Bay, Bangor City, Newtown, and Rhyl have also played in the league. In March 2018, the NPL's member clubs voted 37 to 27, with one abstention and three clubs' absence, for an east-west split at Step 4 (level 8) starting from the 2018–19 season.[2]

1968–69 to 1968–69: Premier Division 1987–88 to 2006–07: Premier Division, Division One 2007–08 to 2017–18: Premier Division, Division One North, Division One South 2018–19 to future: Premier Division, Division One East, Division One West

Sponsorship[edit] Due to title sponsorship deals, the league has been billed under various names, including a sixteen-year spell as the Unibond League, the longest such deal in world football.[3] When this deal ended in 2010, a new deal was announced which will see the competition billed as the Evo-Stik League[4][5][6] until the 2017–18 season.[7] Structure[edit] Since 2007, the NPL has had three divisions: the Premier Division, Division One North and Division One South. Prior to 2007 there was just a single Division One.[1] The Premier Division has 24 clubs, with the champions promoted to the National League along with the winners of a playoff between the second to fifth place clubs. Theoretically, clubs from the NPL could be promoted into either of the National League's two regional divisions, however, the geographical footprint of the NPL has never overlapped with that of the National League South, therefore (as of 2015) all promoted NPL clubs have been placed in the National League North. The bottom four teams are usually relegated to Division One North or South, however NPL Premier Division clubs in the most southerly locales could be placed in the Southern League Division One Central in the event of relegation. From the 2009–10 season, Division One North and South have 22 clubs each. In each division, the champions are promoted to the Premier Division, along with the winners of a playoff between the second to fifth place clubs. The bottom two clubs in each division are relegated to one of the feeder leagues below provided there are enough suitable promotion candidates from those leagues. The champions of the three feeder leagues covering the NPL area are promoted each season. These are the Northern League, the Northern Counties East League, and the North West Counties League. Clubs in the northern extremities of the Midland League and the United Counties League
United Counties League
may also be promoted to the Northern Premier League. Should there be an unusually large or small number of clubs relegated to and/or promoted to the level of the NPL from Northern England, the National League System
National League System
(NLS) Committee can order one or more of the NPL's southernmost clubs to transfer to the Southern League (or vice versa) to maintain numerical balance between the leagues. Division One North and South teams receive a bye to the Preliminary Round of FA Cup
FA Cup
Qualification. Premier Division teams receive a bye to the First Round of Qualification. The league currently runs one cup competition, with all member clubs competing in the League Challenge Cup. In the past, the league has run other competitions, such as the Chairman's Cup, the President's Cup and the Peter Swales Shield. Current members[edit]

Premier Division[edit]

Altrincham Ashton United Barwell Buxton Coalville Town Farsley Celtic Grantham Town Halesowen Town Hednesford Town Lancaster City Marine Matlock Town Mickleover Sports Nantwich Town Rushall Olympic Shaw Lane Stafford Rangers Stalybridge Celtic Stourbridge Sutton Coldfield Town Warrington Town Whitby Town Witton Albion Workington

Division One North[edit]

Atherton Collieries Bamber Bridge Brighouse Town Clitheroe Colne Colwyn Bay Droylsden Glossop North End Goole Hyde United Kendal Town Mossley Ossett Albion Ossett Town Prescot Cables Radcliffe Borough Ramsbottom United Scarborough Athletic Skelmersdale United South Shields Tadcaster Albion Trafford

Division One South[edit]

Alvechurch Basford United Bedworth United Belper Town Carlton Town Chasetown Cleethorpes Town Corby Town Frickley Athletic Gresley Kidsgrove Athletic Leek Town Lincoln United Loughborough Dynamo Market Drayton Town Newcastle Town Peterborough Sports Romulus Sheffield Spalding United Stamford Stocksbridge Park Steels

Atherton Collieries

Bamber Bridge

Brighouse Town

Clitheroe

Colne

Colwyn Bay

Droylsden

Glossop North End

Goole

Hyde United

Kendal Town

Mossley

Ossett Albion

Ossett Town

Prescot Cables

Radcliffe Borough

Ramsbottom United

Scarborough Athletic

Skelmersdale United

South Shields

Tadcaster Albion

Trafford

Alvechurch

Basford United

Bedworth United

Belper Town

Carlton Town

Chasetown

Cleethorpes Town

Corby Town

Frickley Athletic

Gresley

Kidsgrove Athletic

Leek Town

Lincoln United

Loughborough Dynamo

Market Drayton Town

Newcastle Town

Peterborough Sports

Romulus

Rugby Town

Sheffield

Spalding United

Stamford

Stocksbridge Park Steels

Altrincham

Ashton United

Barwell

Buxton

Coalville Town

Farsley Celtic

Grantham Town

Halesowen Town

Hednesford Town

Lancaster City

Marine

Matlock Town

Mickleover Sports

Nantwich Town

Rushall Olympic

Shaw Lane

Stafford Rangers

Stalybridge Celtic

Stourbridge

Sutton Coldfield Town

Warrington Town

Whitby Town

Witton Albion

Workington

Locations of the Northern Premier League
Premier League
clubs by division – Premier Division – Division One North – Division One South

Honours[edit] Champions[edit]

Season

1968–69 Macclesfield Town

1969–70 Macclesfield Town

1970–71 Wigan Athletic

1971–72 Stafford Rangers

1972–73 Boston United

1973–74 Boston United

1974–75 Wigan Athletic

1975–76 Runcorn

1976–77 Boston United

1977–78 Boston United

1978–79 Mossley

1979–80 Mossley

1980–81 Runcorn

1981–82 Bangor City

1982–83 Gateshead

1983–84 Barrow

1984–85 Stafford Rangers

1985–86 Gateshead

1986–87 Macclesfield Town

Season Premier Division Division One

1987–88 Chorley Fleetwood Town

1988–89 Barrow Colne Dynamoes

1989–90 Colne Dynamoes Leek Town

1990–91 Witton Albion Whitley Bay

1991–92 Stalybridge Celtic Colwyn Bay

1992–93 Southport Bridlington Town

1993–94 Marine Guiseley

1994–95 Marine Blyth Spartans

1995–96 Bamber Bridge Lancaster City

1996–97 Leek Town Radcliffe Borough

1997–98 Barrow Whitby Town

1998–99 Altrincham Droylsden

1999–00 Leigh RMI Accrington Stanley

2000–01 Stalybridge Celtic Bradford Park Avenue

2001–02 Burton Albion Harrogate Town

2002–03 Accrington Stanley Alfreton Town

2003–04 Hucknall Town Hyde United

2004–05 Hyde United North Ferriby United

2005–06 Blyth Spartans Mossley

2006–07 Burscough Buxton

Season Premier Division Division One North Division One South

2007–08 Fleetwood Town Bradford Park Avenue Retford United

2008–09 Eastwood Town Durham City Retford United

2009–10 Guiseley FC Halifax Town Mickleover Sports

2010–11 FC Halifax Town Chester Barwell

2011–12 Chester AFC Fylde Grantham Town

2012–13 North Ferriby United Skelmersdale United King's Lynn Town

2013–14 Chorley Curzon Ashton Halesowen Town

2014–15 FC United of Manchester Salford City Mickleover Sports

2015–16 Darlington 1883 Warrington Town Stafford Rangers

2016–17 Blyth Spartans Lancaster City Shaw Lane

Promoted[edit] Since the league's formation in 1968, the following clubs have won promotion to higher levels of the English football league system
English football league system
-

Season Club Position Promoted to

1977–78 Wigan Athletic 2nd Football League Division Four

1978–79 Altrincham Scarborough Boston United Stafford Rangers Northwich Victoria Bangor City Barrow 2nd 4th 6th 8th 10th 12th 16th Alliance Premier League Alliance Premier League Alliance Premier League Alliance Premier League Alliance Premier League Alliance Premier League Alliance Premier League

1979–80 Frickley Athletic 3rd Alliance Premier League

1980–81 Runcorn 1st Alliance Premier League

1981–82 Bangor City 1st Alliance Premier League

1982–83 Gateshead 1st Alliance Premier League

1983–84 Barrow 1st Alliance Premier League

1983–84 Stafford Rangers 1st Football Conference

1985–86 Gateshead 1st Football Conference

1986–87 Macclesfield Town 1st Football Conference

1987–88 Chorley 1st Football Conference

1988–89 Barrow 1st Football Conference

1989–90 Gateshead 2nd Football Conference

1990–91 Witton Albion 1st Football Conference

1991–92 Stalybridge Celtic 1st Football Conference

1992–93 Southport 1st Football Conference

1994–95 Morecambe 2nd Football Conference

1996–97 Leek Town 1st Football Conference

1997–98 Barrow 1st Football Conference

1998–99 Altrincham 1st Football Conference

1999–00 Leigh RMI 1st Football Conference

2000–01 Stalybridge Celtic 1st Football Conference

2001–02 Burton Albion 1st Football Conference

2002–03 Accrington Stanley 1st Football Conference

2003–04 Hucknall Town Droylsden Barrow Alfreton Town Harrogate Town Southport Worksop Town Lancaster City Vauxhall Motors Gainsborough Trinity Stalybridge Celtic Altrincham Runcorn Ashton United Bradford Park Avenue 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 17th* Football Conference
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North

2004–05 Hyde United Workington 1st 2nd* Football Conference
Football Conference
North Football Conference
Football Conference
North

2005–06 Blyth Spartans Farsley Celtic 1st 4th* Football Conference
Football Conference
North Football Conference
Football Conference
North

2006–07 Burscough AFC Telford United 1st 4th* Football Conference
Football Conference
North Football Conference
Football Conference
North

2007–08 Fleetwood Town Gateshead 1st 3rd* Football Conference
Football Conference
North Football Conference
Football Conference
North

2008–09 Eastwood Town Ilkeston Town 1st 2nd* Football Conference
Football Conference
North Football Conference
Football Conference
North

2009–10 Guiseley Boston United 1st 3rd* Football Conference
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North Football Conference
Football Conference
North

2010–11 FC Halifax Town Colwyn Bay 1st 2nd* Football Conference
Football Conference
North Football Conference
Football Conference
North

2011–12 Chester Bradford Park Avenue 1st 4th* Football Conference
Football Conference
North Football Conference
Football Conference
North

2012–13 North Ferriby United Hednesford Town 1st 2nd* Football Conference
Football Conference
North Football Conference
Football Conference
North

2013–14 Chorley AFC Fylde 1st 3rd* Football Conference
Football Conference
North Football Conference
Football Conference
North

2014–15 FC United of Manchester Curzon Ashton 1st 4th* National League North National League North

2015–16 Darlington 1883 Salford City 1st 3rd* National League North National League North

2016–17 Blyth Spartans Spennymoor Town 1st 2nd* National League North National League North

Asterisk indicates club was promoted via play-offs Cup competitions[edit] League Challenge Cup[edit] The league currently runs one cup competition, the League Challenge Cup, which is contested by every club in the league.[8] Finals[edit]

Season Winner Result Runner-up Venue Attendance

1968–69 Bangor City 5–2 (agg.) Runcorn 1L: 2L: 1L: 2L:

1969–70 Altrincham 4–3 (agg.) Macclesfield Town 1L: 2L: Moss Rose 1L: 4,400 2L: 6,833

1970–71 Fleetwood 1–1 (agg.) 1–0 (rep.) Macclesfield Town 1L: 2L: Moss Rose rep. Springfield Park 1L: 1,374 2L: 2,457 rep.

1971–72 Wigan Athletic 4–2 (agg.) Gainsborough Trinity 1L: 2L: 1L: 2L:

1972–73 Northwich Victoria 3–2 (agg.) Wigan Athletic 1L: 2L: 1L: 2L:

1973–74 Boston United 4–3 (agg.) Altrincham 1L: 2L: 1L: 2L:

1974–75 Runcorn 2–1 (agg.) Stafford Rangers 1L: 2L: 1L: 2L:

1975–76 Boston United 4–3 (agg.) Mossley 1L: York Street 2L: Seel Park 1L: 2,212 2L: 711

1976–77 Scarborough 1–0 Runcorn Maine Road

1977–78 Matlock Town 3–0 Boston United Maine Road

1978–79 Mossley 4–1 Northwich Victoria Maine Road 5,054

1979–80 Runcorn 2–0 Lancaster City Maine Road

1980–81 Runcorn 4–3 Marine Maine Road

1981–82 Gainsborough Trinity 1–0 Mossley Maine Road 1,658

1982–83 Burton Albion 2–1 Macclesfield Town Maine Road 2,538

1983–84 South Liverpool 1–1 (wp) Hyde United Maine Road

1984–85 Marine 3–2 Goole Town Maine Road

1985–86 Hyde United 1–0 Marine Maine Road

1986–87 Macclesfield Town 2–0 Burton Albion Maine Road 2,037

1987–88 Goole Town 2–2 (wp) Barrow Maine Road 1,579

1988–89 Mossley 2–1 Fleetwood Maine Road 2,110

1989–90 Hyde United 1–0 Gateshead Maine Road

1990–91 Southport 4–1 Buxton Maine Road 1,700

1991–92 Marine 1–0 Frickley Athletic Maine Road

1992–93 Winsford United 1–1 (wp) Warrington Town Maine Road

1993–94 Spennymoor United 3–1 Hyde United Wetherby Road 585

1994–95 Bamber Bridge 2–1 Bishop Auckland Burnden Park

1995–96 Hyde United 1–1 (wp) Leek Town Burnden Park 501

1996–97 Gainsborough Trinity 1–0 Boston United Sincil Bank

1997–98 Altrincham – Gainsborough Trinity Saltergate

1998–99 Stalybridge Celtic 2–1 Guiseley

1999–00 Lancaster City 1–0 Worksop Town Bower Fold

2000–01 Lancaster City 2–2 (wp) Bishop Auckland Giant Axe 530

2001–02 Accrington Stanley 5–4 (agg.) Bradford Park Avenue 1L: Horsfall Stadium 2L: Crown Ground 1L: 471 2L: 1,107

2002–03 Marine 3–0 (agg.) Gateshead 1L: Filtrona Park 2L: Rossett Park 1L: 184 2L: 425

2003–04 Droylsden 4–1 (agg.) Hucknall Town 1L: Butcher's Arms Ground 2L: Watnall Road 1L: 424 2L: 597

2004–05 Matlock Town 5–3 (agg.) Whitby Town 1L: Causeway Lane 2L: Turnbull Ground 1L: 547 2L: 490

2005–06 Farsley Celtic 1–0 Stocksbridge Park Steels Throstle Nest 507

2006–07 Fleetwood 1–0 Matlock Town Wincham Park 426

2007–08 Eastwood Town 3–0 Skelmersdale United Tameside Stadium 372

2008–09 Guiseley 3–2 Ilkeston Town Tameside Stadium 227

2009–10 Boston United 2–0 Retford United Ashby Avenue 503

2010–11 Ashton United 1–0 Northwich Victoria Wincham Park 489

2011–12 North Ferriby United 4–1 Rushall Olympic Coronation Park 256

2012–13 North Ferriby United 1–1 (wp) Curzon Ashton Throstle Nest 179

2013–14 AFC Fylde 1–0 Skelmersdale United Edgeley Park 358

2014–15 Warrington Town 0–0 (wp) Farsley Edgeley Park 731

2015–16 Marine 2–1 Scarborough Athletic Throstle Nest 690

2016–17 Bamber Bridge 2–1 Grantham Town Harrison Park 474

Defunct competitions[edit] In the past the league has run three other cup competitions - the President's Cup, Chairman's Cup and Peter Swales Shield.[9] Winners[edit]

Season President's Cup Chairman's Cup Peter Swales Shield

1970–71 - - Wigan Athletic

1971–72 - - Wigan Athletic

1972–73 - - Boston United

1973–74 - - Boston United

1974–75 - - Wigan Athletic

1975–76 - - Boston United

1976–77 - - Boston United

1977–78 - - Matlock Town

1978–79 - - Altrincham

1979–80 - - Runcorn

1980–81 - - Runcorn

1981–82 Buxton - Gainsborough Trinity

1982–83 King's Lynn - Burton Albion

1983–84 Workington - Barrow

1984–85 Rhyl - Stafford Rangers

1985–86 Worksop Town - Gateshead

1986–87 Macclesfield Town - Bangor City

1987–88 South Liverpool - Chorley

1988–89 Bangor City - Mossley

1989–90 Fleetwood Town - Leek Town

1990–91 Witton Albion - Witton Albion

1991–91 Morecambe - Stalybridge Celtic

1992–93 Winsford United - Southport

1993–94 Guiseley - Marine

1994–95 Lancaster City - Marine

1995–96 Worksop Town - Hyde United

1996–97 Blyth Spartans - Gainsborough Trinity

1997–98 Runcorn - Altrincham

1998–99 Droylsden - Altrincham

1999–00 Trafford Hyde United Leigh RMI

2000–01 Stalybridge Celtic Barrow Stalybridge Celtic

2001–02 Barrow Worksop Town Accrington Stanley

2002–03 Stalybridge Celtic Hucknall Town Accrington Stanley

2003–04 Barrow Hyde United Droylsden

2004–05 Bamber Bridge Kidsgrove Athletic Hyde United

2005–06 Bradford Park Avenue Blyth Spartans Blyth Spartans

2006–07 Buxton Guiseley Burscough

2007–08 FC United of Manchester Retford United Fleetwood Town

2008–09 Trafford Durham City Eastwood Town

2009–10 Belper Town Mickleover Sports Guiseley

2010–11 Lancaster City - FC Halifax Town

2011–12 - - Chester

2012–13 - - Skelmersdale United

2013–14 - - Halesowen Town

See also[edit]

Isthmian League Southern League

References[edit]

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secures new sponsor". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 7 May 2010.  ^ Watters, David (18 May 2012). "Sponsor commits to three more years on night of national honours and celebration". The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier. Pitch Hero Ltd. Retrieved 19 May 2012.  ^ Watters, David (22 December 2013). "Christmas comes early for League!". The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier. Pitch Hero Ltd. Retrieved 23 December 2013.  ^ "Evo-Stik Continue Northern Premier League
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Backing". Pitchero.com. 17 June 2017.  ^ "CUP WINNERS CHALLENGE CUP". The UniBond League. Archived from the original on 23 July 2004. Retrieved 24 April 2013.  ^ Snee, Tom (22 June 2011). "League Statement: President's Cup". The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier. Pitch Hero. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 

External links[edit]

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Premier Division

Altrincham Ashton United Barwell Buxton Coalville Town Farsley Celtic Grantham Town Halesowen Town Hednesford Town Lancaster City Marine Matlock Town Mickleover Sports Nantwich Town Rushall Olympic Shaw Lane Stafford Rangers Stalybridge Celtic Stourbridge Sutton Coldfield Town Warrington Town Whitby Town Witton Albion Workington

Division One North

Atherton Collieries Bamber Bridge Brighouse Town Clitheroe Colne Colwyn Bay Droylsden Glossop North End Goole Hyde United Kendal Town Mossley Ossett Albion Ossett Town Prescot Cables Radcliffe Borough Ramsbottom United Scarborough Athletic Skelmersdale United South Shields Tadcaster Albion Trafford

Division One South

Alvechurch Basford United Bedworth United Belper Town Carlton Town Chasetown Cleethorpes Town Corby Town Frickley Athletic Gresley Kidsgrove Athletic Leek Town Lincoln United Loughborough Dynamo Market Drayton Town Newcastle Town Peterborough Sports Romulus Sheffield Spalding United Stamford Stocksbridge Park Steels

Seasons

1968–69 1969–70 1970–71 1971–72 1972–73 1973–74 1974–75 1975–76 1976–77 1977–78 1978–79 1979–80 1980–81 1981–82 1982–83 1983–84 1984–85 1985–86 1986–87 1987–88 1988–89 1989–90 1990–91 1991–92 1992–93 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18

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