National League South
The National League South Conference South, is one of the second divisions of the National League in England below the top division National League. Along with National League North, it is at the second level of the National League System, at the sixth tier overall of the English football league system, it was introduced in 2004 as part of a major restructuring of the National League System. The champion team each year is automatically promoted to the National League. A second promotion place goes to the winners of play-offs involving the teams finishing in second to seventh place; the three bottom clubs are relegated to Step 3 leagues. For sponsorship reasons, it has been known as Blue Square South, Blue Square Bet South, Skrill South and the Vanarama Conference South following a three-year sponsorship deal announced in July 2014. Since the start of the 2015–16 season, the league is known as the National League South; the 2017/18 champions are Havant and Waterlooville F. C.. The current member clubs for the 2018–19 season are as follows: The stadiums of all teams in the league for the 2017–18 season are listed below in capacity order: ** Not promoted.
In 2004–05 only three promotion places were available to the Conference National. The third place was decided in a Playoff at Stoke's Britannia Stadium, which Eastbourne lost 2–1 to the Conference North Playoff winners, Altrincham; the National League official site
Wycombe Wanderers F.C.
Wycombe Wanderers Football Club is a professional association football club based in the town of High Wycombe, England. The team play in the third tier of English football; the club plays at Adams Park, situated on the western outskirts of High Wycombe, they traditionally play in quartered shirts of navy and pale blue. The club's nicknames are "the Chairboys" and "the Blues"; the current manager of the club is Gareth Ainsworth, appointed as player/manager following a period during which he served as caretaker manager, after Gary Waddock was relieved of his duties following a 1–0 defeat at home to Wimbledon on 22 September 2012. Ainsworth retired from playing at the end of the 2012–13 season, he is assisted by Richard Dobson. The club was awarded the Family Club of the Year award twice in a row in 2006–07 and 2007–08; this is the only time. The club received a Football League Family Excellence Award after the 2009–10, 2011–12 and 2013–14 seasons; the exact details of the formation of Wycombe Wanderers F.
C. have been lost to history. A group of young furniture trade workers started a team to play matches in 1884; this team was called North Town Wanderers. In 1887, a meeting held at the Steam Engine public house in Station Road, High Wycombe saw the formation of Wycombe Wanderers F. C, it is likely the club was named Wanderers after the famous Wanderers, winners of the first F. A. Cup in 1872; the club played friendly matches between 1887 and 1896. It first entered the F. A. Amateur Cup in 1894 and the F. A. Cup in 1895. In 1895 the club moved to Loakes Park. In 1896 the club joined the Southern League and competed in the Second Division until 1908. In the summer of 1908 the club declined the invitation to retain their membership of the Southern League; the club decided to pursue amateur instead of professional football and joined the Great Western Suburban League and remained there until the outbreak of the First World War. After the hostilities had ended the club joined the Spartan League in 1919 and were Champions in successive years.
In March 1921 the club's application to join the Isthmian League was accepted. The club remained a member of the Isthmian League until 1985, when they accepted promotion to the Alliance Premier League. For over sixty years the Wanderers sought to be the greatest amateur club in the country. One of the club's greatest achievements came in April 1931 when it won the F. A. Amateur Cup; the Wanderers beat Hayes 1 -- 0 in the final at home of Arsenal. The club reached the first round proper of the F. A. Cup for the first time in November 1932, losing to Gillingham in a replay at Loakes Park; the club remained active during the Second World War, competing in the Great Western Combination, won in 1945. In 1947 Frank Adams, who had captained the club to its double Championship victories in the Spartan League and made 331 appearances for the Wanderers, scoring 104 goals, made arguably his greatest contribution when he gave Loakes Park to the club, it provided the basis for a period of unprecedented success in 1950s.
The club appointed Sid Cann as coach in 1952 and he led the Wanderers to their first Isthmian League title in 1956. The title was defended the following season, the club reached Wembley for the first time in their history, they were beaten 3–1 by Bishop Auckland in the final of the F. A. Amateur Cup in April 1957, their North-East rivals were something of a nemesis having beaten the Chairboys at the semi-final stage in both 1950 and 1955. The second round proper of the F. A. Cup was reached in December 1959; the stars of the team included striker Paul Bates. Cann left the club to join Norwich City in 1961 and the club's fortunes took something of a downturn during the 1960s; that changed in December 1968. He changed several aspects of the club including team selection, which up to that point had been chosen by committee, he led the Wanderers to a third Isthmian League title in 1971 and it was again defended in 1972. The club suffered yet more F. A. Amateur Cup disappointment at the semi-final stage, losing 2–1 to Hendon at Griffin Park, Brentford.
A fifth Isthmian League title was won in 1974 and the following season it was defended yet again, this time by the narrowest of margins, a superior goal difference of 0–1 to Enfield. In the same season the club created history by reaching the third round proper of the F. A. Cup for the first time, losing 1–0 to First Division Middlesbrough in a replay at Ayresome Park having drawn 0–0 at Loakes Park. Lee retired as manager in 1976 and again the Wanderers suffered a decline. A significant factor was the abolition of amateur football by the F. A. in 1974 which left the club without a sense of purpose. The Wanderers rejected the invitation to join the Alliance Premier League on its formation in 1979 and again in 1981 with concern over the increased travelling costs; the club reached the semi-finals of the F. A. Trophy for the first time in 1982 but lost out to Altrincham. A seventh Isthmian League title was won in 1983 but promotion to the Alliance Premier League was again turned down; as a consequence crowds at Loakes Park dropped to record lows and the club decided to accept promotion to the Gola League in 1985, having finished third in the Isthmian League Premier Division.
The club's first season in a national league ended in disappointment, with the Wanderers relegated on goal difference. They soon returned after romping to an eighth Isthmian League title in 1987 after a battle with Yeovil To
Crawley Town F.C.
Crawley Town Football Club is a professional association football club based in the town of Crawley, West Sussex, England. The team compete in the fourth tier of the English football league system; the club has played home games at Broadfield Stadium since 1997 and are nicknamed the "Reds" or "Red Devils" due to the colour of their kit. They maintain a rivalry with AFC Wimbledon. Founded in 1896, Crawley helped to found the West Sussex League that year before transferring to the Mid-Sussex League; the club disbanded in 1935, but were re-established in the Brighton, Hove & District League three years later. The club switched to the Sussex County League in 1951 and moved on to the Metropolitan League five years later; the club moved from amateur to semi-professional status in 1962 and were accepted into the Southern League the following year. They secured promotion out of Division One in 1968 -- 69. Crawley were promoted out of the Southern League Southern Section 1983–84 and spent the next 21 seasons in the Premier Division, before winning promotion into the Conference as champions of the Southern League in 2003–04.
The club turned professional in 2005 but faced immediate financial difficulties and entered administration the following year. The club survived and appointed Steve Evans as manager in May 2007. Evans led them into the Football League as champions of the Conference in 2010–11 and secured promotion in their first season in the League Two. Crawley spent three seasons in League One before their relegation in 2015. Formed in 1896, Crawley Town became founding members of the West Sussex Football League that year, joining the Junior Division, they remained in the West Sussex league for five years before transferring to the Mid-Sussex League, winning the League in only their second season. After disbanding at the end of the 1934–35 season, the club reformed in 1938 and joined Division Two of the Brighton, Hove & District League, they played in the Sussex County Emergency League in 1945–45, before returning to the Brighton, Hove & District League in 1946–47, becoming members of Division One. They stayed at this level until they entered the Sussex County League in 1951 before switching again five years to the Metropolitan League, a competition for both professional and amateur sides.
Crawley retained their amateur status and went on to win the Metropolitan League Challenge Cup in 1959. Crawley turned semi-professional in 1962 and the following year they joined Division One of the Southern League. In 1969 they were promoted to Premier Division of the Southern League but the joy was short lived as the following season they were relegated back to the first division where they remained until the 1983–84 season when they were promoted as runners-up. Crawley's most successful cup run at the time was in the 1991–92 season when they reached The FA Cup third round proper and played local rivals Brighton, losing 5–0 in front of 18,301 at the Goldstone Ground. In 2004 The Red Devils signed off their 20-season stay in the Premier Division of the Southern League by wrapping up the championship in convincing style, ending up 12 points clear of the field and adding their second successive League Cup success and the league's Championship Match trophy; the title was wrapped up with four matches remaining, as a 3–0 victory at Welling United sparked emotional celebrations from a large travelling contingent.
Crawley would now be playing in the Football Conference, the highest level of non-League football, for the first time in their history. A final position of 12th in their first season in the National Division was an amazing achievement for the club who finished as the highest ranked part-time team in the country. Crawley retained the Sussex Senior Cup by defeating Ringmer. In 2005 the SA Group bought the club and made the decision to go full-time for the first time in the club's history. Although this was necessary in order to allow them to compete in the division, it led to the departure of several key players, including fans' favourite Charlie MacDonald and goalkeeper Andy Little, who were unable to give up their day jobs to play full-time; the 2005–06 season didn't start well for Crawley as the club found themselves third from bottom and out of the FA Cup after a shock defeat to Braintree Town. Francis Vines was subsequently sacked and replaced by former Chelsea FC manager and player John Hollins and his assistant Alan Lewer.
Things got worse for Crawley and as attendances dropped so too did the club's income. Several key players left the club, including captain Ian Simpemba, Simon Wormull and record signing Daryl Clare; however five straight wins through March and April saw the club climb the table to 17th place and remarkably beat the drop by 10 points. The club were docked three points at the end of the season for breaching the annual playing budget but this had no effect on the final standings and Crawley's league status was safe but they went into administration. Although Crawley Town FC had been in administration in the late 1990s, trouble began in March 2006 when the club's players and staff were made to take a 50% pay cut and the entire squad was put up for sale, it was revealed by local newspaper the Argus several days that the chairman Chas Majeed was an undischarged bankrupt and therefore banned from holding a high position within the club. Majeed resigned from his post but remained involved; the fans started a "Red Card" campaign in order to remove Chas Majeed and his owner brother Azwar Majeed from the club.
It was revealed that the club was around £1.1million in debt with nearl
BBC Sport is a department of the BBC North division providing national sports coverage for BBC Television and online. The BBC holds the television and radio UK broadcasting rights to several sports, broadcasting the sport live or alongside flagship analysis programmes such as Match of the Day, Test Match Special, Ski Sunday, Today at Wimbledon and Grandstand. Results and coverage is added to the BBC Sport Website and through the BBC Red Button interactive television service; the BBC has broadcast sport for several decades under individual programme names and coverage titles. Grandstand was one of the more notable Sport programmes, broadcasting sport since the programmes launch in 1958; the BBC first began to brand sport coverage as'BBC Sport' in 1988 for the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, by introducing the programme with a short animation of a globe circumnavigated by four coloured rings. This practice continued throughout the next two decades. Upon the launch of the BBC News website in 1997, sport was included in the BBC's online presence for the first time.
In May 2007, the BBC Trust approved plans for several BBC departments, including BBC Sport, to be moved to a new development in Salford. The new development at MediaCityUK marks a major decentralisation of BBC departments from London and a key investment in the north of England where BBC spending in the region had been low; the department moved into Quay House, MediaCityUK in late 2011 and early 2012 with the first Sports bulletins being broadcast from the new BBC Sport Centre on 5 March 2012. In 2017, BBC Sport launched a new on-air identity, becoming the first BBC property to implement the broadcaster's new corporate typeface; the BBC shares the rights to the FIFA World Cup with ITV. A near equal split of group stage and knockout stage games are shown, including a semi-final and the final is shown on both networks; the BBC will broadcast all its matches from the 2018 World Cup in 4K UHD and VR to a limited number of viewers subject to bandwidth. The BBC shows highlights of the Premier League on Match of the Day, hosted by Gary Lineker since 1999.
Match of the Day 2 and Match of the Day 2 Extra, are presented by Mark Chapman. Dan Walker hosts Football Focus every Saturday lunchtime before Jason Mohammad presents Final Score every Saturday afternoon. Pundits for Match of the Day include Alan Shearer, Danny Murphy, Jermaine Jenas, Martin Keown and Ian Wright while commentators include Guy Mowbray, Steve Wilson, Jonathan Pearce, Steve Bower, Simon Brotherton, Alistair Mann, Martin Fisher, Mark Scott and John Roder; the BBC broadcasts live coverage of the FA Cup and will do so until 2021. BBC Sport holds the rights to broadcast the Wimbledon Tennis Championships and the Queen's Club Championships live on its television platforms; the Wimbledon contract has been held by the BBC since 1927 and the current contract lasts until 2024 making it the longest such contract in the world. The BBC produce over 900 hours of footage, distributed to broadcasters in 159 different countries. BBC Wimbledon coverage is presented by former British number one and 1976 French Open Champion Sue Barker.
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This was extended again in 2013 through to 2015. It was extended again in 2016 for another 2 years before another deal was announced in 2017 and will run until 2020. With Sky Sports, showing one afternoon match per day including one semi-final and the final which are shown on BBC Two; the BBC has a joint deal with Eurosport to show all of Britain's Davis Cup matches for three years to 2017, with coverage predominately broadcast on BBC Two and the Red Button. BBC Radio covers the four Grand Slam tournaments - the A
Swindon Town F.C.
Swindon Town Football Club is a professional football club in Swindon, England. Founded as Swindon AFC in 1879, they became Spartans in 1880 and Swindon Town in 1883; the team compete in the fourth tier of the English football league system. The club's home since 1896 is the County Ground, having a capacity of 15,728; the club went professional in 1894 and entered the Football League in 1920. It enjoyed a period of success between 1968–70, winning the 1969 League Cup Final and securing promotion to the Second Division, led by the club's talisman winger Don Rogers, whom the South Stand has been named after since the 2007–08 season; the club's three biggest victories were 10–2 over Norwich City on 5 September 1908, 10–1 over Farnham United Breweries F. C. in 1925–26 and 9–1 over Luton Town in 1920, while the heaviest defeat was 1–10 against Manchester City in 1930. Swindon Town won promotion to the Premier League in the 1992–93 season, the only time the club has played in the top level of English football.
Swindon Town Football Club was founded by Reverend William Pitt of Liddington in 1879. The team turned professional in 1894 and joined the Southern League, founded in the same year. During this period Septimus Atterbury played for the club. Swindon reached the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time in the 1909–10 season, losing to eventual winners Newcastle United. Barnsley and Swindon were invited to compete for the Dubonnet Cup in 1910 at the Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris; the result was a 2–1 victory for Swindon with Harold Fleming scoring both of the club's goals. The following season, 1910–11, Swindon Town won the Southern League championship, earning them a Charity Shield match with the Football League champions Manchester United. This, the highest-scoring Charity Shield game to date, was played on 25 September 1911 at Stamford Bridge with Manchester United winning 8–4; some of the proceeds of this game were donated to the survivors of the Titanic. In 1912 Swindon Town reached the semi finals of the FA Cup for a second time in 3 years, losing to Barnsley after a replay 1–0.
Swindon's exploits at this time owed a lot to the skilful forward H. J. Fleming, capped by England 11 times between 1909 and 1914 despite playing outside the Football League. Fleming remained with Swindon throughout a playing career spanning 1907 and 1924 and went on to live in the town for his entire life. Swindon entered the Football League in 1920 as a founding member of Division Three and defeated Luton Town 9–1 in their first game of the season; this result stands. After the outbreak of World War II, the War Department took over the County Ground in 1940, where for a while POWs were housed in huts placed on the pitch, for this the club received compensation of £4,570 in 1945. World War II affected Swindon Town more than most other football clubs and the club was disbanded, the club needed a large amount of time to recover and for this reason it failed to make any real impression in the league and would not climb into the second division until 1963 when they finished runners up to Northampton Town.
The club was relegated back into Division Three in 1965 but it was about to create a sensation. In 1969, Swindon beat Arsenal 3–1 to win the League Cup for the only time in the club's history; as winners of the League Cup, Swindon were assured of a place in their first European competition: the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. However, the Football Association had agreed to inclusion criteria with the organizers which mandated that only League Cup winners from Division One would be able to take part; as the team were not eligible, the short lived Anglo-Italian competitions were created to give teams from lower divisions experience in Europe. The first of these, the 1969 Anglo-Italian League Cup, was contested over two legs against Coppa Italia winners A. S. Roma. Swindon won 5–2, with the scorer of two goals in the League Cup final – Don Rogers – scoring once and new acquisition Arthur Horsfield acquiring his first hat-trick for the club; the team went on to win the 1970 Anglo-Italian Cup competition in a tournament beset by hooliganism.
The final against S. S. C. Napoli was abandoned after 79 minutes following pitch invasions and a missile barrage, with teargas being employed to allow the teams to return to the dressing room. Following management changes, Swindon had a long unsuccessful period culminating in them being relegated in 1982 to the Fourth Division, the lowest professional Football League at the time, they were promoted as champions in 1986 with the club achieving a Football League record of 102 points, the second club to score over 100 points in a season, York City having totalled 101 two years earlier. A year they won the Third Division play-offs to achieve a second successive promotion. Promotion campaign Manager Lou Macari left in 1989 to take charge of West Ham United with veteran midfielder, former Argentine international, Ossie Ardiles replacing him. In his first season, Swindon were Second Division play-off winners, but the club admitted 36 charges of breaching league rules, 35 due to illegal payments made to players, were relegated to the Third Division — giving Sunderland promotion to the First Division and Tranmere Rovers to the Second Division.
The scandal saw chairman Brian Hillier being given a six-month prison sentence and chief accountant Vince Farrar being put on probation. A appeal saw Swindon Town being allowed to stay in the Second Division. Ardiles remained in charge until March 1991, when he departed for Newcastle United and was succeeded by new player-manager Glenn Hoddle. Swindon progressed well during the 1991–92 season, Hoddle's first full season as manager, just missed out on the Second Division play-offs, having
Dartford Football Club is an association football club based in Dartford, England. The club participates in the National League South, the sixth tier of English football; the club was formed in 1888 by members of the Dartford Working Men's Club. After winning the Isthmian League Division One North in the 2007–08 season and the Isthmian League Premier Division in the 2009–10 season, Dartford were promoted to the Conference Premier in 2012, in which they spent three seasons; the club's best performances in the FA Cup came in 1936 and 1937, when they reached the third round of the competition. Home matches are played at the club's environmentally friendly stadium, Princes Park, opened in November 2006. Dartford Football Club was formed in 1888 by members of the Dartford Working Men's Club playing only friendlies; the club soon was entering cup competitions, reaching the final of the Kent Senior Cup in 1894. Following this, Dartford were founder members of the Kent League for the 1894–95 season, entered the FA Cup for the first time the season after.
Two seasons Dartford became founder members of the Southern League Division Two, winning the Championship at the first attempt. The club moved between the Southern and Kent Leagues several times over the following seasons, dropping to the West Kent League in the 1900s, following financial difficulties. Around the same time the club found its first permanent home ground, Summers Meadow in Lowfield Street, obtained on a long lease. In 1908–09 Dartford won the West Kent League and Cup'double' and rejoined the Kent League where they remained until the outbreak of the First World War. In 1913 Dartford undertook a short tour of Norway culminating in a 6–1 win over a Norway XI. Darts continued their association with the Kent League, winning the league cup in 1923–24, before switching to the Southern League in time for the 1926–27 season. At the start of the 1930s the Dartford Board appointed the successful Kettering Town manager, Bill Collier, as manager; the Scot continued his pattern of success with Dartford and won trophies by the shoal during the decade leading up to the 1939–45 war.
Dartford won the Southern League Eastern section title in 1930–31 and 1931–32 and the overall Championship of the League was won with victories over the Western Section winners Exeter City Reserves 7–2 away and Yeovil & Petters United 2–1 at home respectively. In county football Dartford won the Kent Senior Cup four times in five seasons and the Kent Senior Shield three times. In addition Dartford gained a reputation nationally by becoming the first club outside the Football League to reach the FA Cup Third Round Proper in successive seasons. In 1935–36 Dartford lost to a star-studded Derby County by 3–2 at the Baseball Ground having at one time led by 2–0. Leading player Fred Dell was transferred to West Ham United for a reported £2,000 after the game; the following season saw. Towards the end of the decade Mr Collier, who had brought a distinctive Scottish flavour to Dartford, resigned to take over a business in Scotland and the period was seen out in a comparatively quiet vein. For a decade and a half following the 1939–1945 war, Dartford had little to show for its efforts except for a sparkling win over Bromley in Kent Senior Cup in 1947.
At the time, Bromley vied with Bishop Auckland as the premier amateur club in the land and the Lillywhites look a 2–0 lead in the final before Dartford struck back with three goals to lift the trophy. Included in the Dartford line-up that day was Ted Croker to become the Secretary of the Football Association. Soon after this win Dartford transferred Riley Cullum and Fred Alexander to Charlton Athletic for £6,000, which wiped out the club's debts entirely. Dartford's first post-war manager had been Warney Cresswell but poor results led to him being replaced by Bill Moss who put some stability into the club's playing performances. In the late 1950s the Southern League was reorganised and Dartford spent most of the ensuing twenty seasons in the Premier Division; the key managers of the era were George Green, Alf Ackerman and Ernie Morgan, each of whom bring extensive Football League experience to the club resulting in a reasonable level of respectability to the playing side affairs. In the early 1970s Dartford appeared in four successive Kent Senior Cup finals, winning the first and the last.
Around this time, the club acquired the services of ex-Bolton Wanderers and England winger Doug Holden as manager. Doug laid down the foundations of the team, which won the Southern League Championship in 1973–74, though they failed to gain election to the Football League; this is their most recent serious attempt to gain Football League status. Holden left before the start of that season and was replaced by Ernie Morgan who grafted three or four quality players on to Holden's squad and steered the Darts to the Southern League title and a place in the FA Trophy final at Wembley. For the next few seasons Dartford drifted along and just failed to clinch a spot in the newly formed Alliance Premier League. Though the period was barren by Dartford's standards, the club did win the Southern League Cup for the first time in 1976–77. Came the 1980s, a period dominated by two managers with contrasting styles: John Still and Peter Taylor. By winning the Southern Division of the Southern League in 1980–81 Dartford had gained a short-lived place in the Alliance Premier League.
Relegated after just one season but having tasted life at the top of the semi-professional game Dartford wanted more. John Still