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The Conference North (currently billed as Blue Square North for sponsorship reasons) is a division of the Football Conference in Englandmarker, taking its place immediately below the Conference National. Along with Conference South it is at Step 2 of the National League System and the sixth overall tier of the English football league system. It consists of teams located in northern England and the English Midlands.

Conference North was introduced in 2004 as part of a major restructuring of English non-League football. The champions are automatically promoted to Conference National. A second promotion place goes to the winners of play-offs involving the teams finishing in second to fifth place. The winners of the play-offs are also promoted to Conference National. The three bottom clubs are relegated to Step 3 leagues. Teams from this division, as well as from the Conference South, enter the FA Cup at the Second Qualifying Round.

From 2007-08, and for the next three years, it has been known officially as the Blue Square North.

Conference North clubs, 2009-10


Finishing position 2008-09
AFC Telford United 4th
Alfreton Town 3rd
Blyth Spartans 15th
Corby Town 1st in Southern League Premier Division
Droylsden 7th
Eastwood Townmarker 1st in Northern Premier League Premier Division
Farsley Celtic 19th
Fleetwood Town 8th
Gainsborough Trinity 13th
Gloucester Citymarker 3rd in Southern League Premier Division
Harrogate Town 9th
Hinckley United 10th
Hyde United 20th
Ilkeston Townmarker 2nd in Northern Premier League Premier Division
Northwich Victoria 22nd in Conference National
Redditch United 14th
Solihull Moors 16th
Southportmarker 5th
Stafford Rangers 18th
Stalybridge Celtic 6th
Vauxhall Motors 11th
Workington 12th

Past Conference North winners

Season Winner Playoff Winner
2004-05 Southportmarker Altrincham
2005-06 Northwich Victoria Stafford Rangers
2006-07 Droylsden Farsley Celtic
2007-08 Kettering Town Barrow
2008-09 Tamworth Gateshead


  • Highest home score: 8 - Northwich Victoria 8 Hednesford Town 0, 25.02.2006
  • Highest away score: 7 - Stalybridge Celtic 3 Hyde United 7, 01.01.2007
  • Highest aggregate: 10 - Stalybridge Celtic 3 Hyde United 7, 01.01.2007

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