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Leagues agreed for 2008/09 season

The Football Association
The FA's Leagues Committee has announced the divisions' make-up

Nuneaton Borough have been forced by the Football Association to drop two levels - and change their name - following their liquidation.

The renamed Nuneaton Town will play in BGB Southern League Division One Midlands next season.

That decision reprieves Bedford Town from relegation from the BGB Southern League Premier Division.

The FA also rejected appeals by Halifax Town and Boston United against the Conference's decision to relegate them.

Boston will play in the Unibond Premier Division next season, while Halifax have been accepted into Unibond Division One North - after being reformed and renamed as FC Halifax Town.

Boston United
The decision to expel Boston came after Conference officials determined that Boston had breached league rules by still being in administration on the second Saturday in May, although they eventually came out on Tuesday, 20 May.

Halifax Town
Halifax, who were in Blue Square Premier last season, were not been placed in the first four levels of the "Pyramid" by the FA because they were on the brink of liquidation - thus reprieving four teams from relegation - Altrincham (Blue Square Premier), Hucknall Town (Blue Square North), Boreham Wood (Ryman Premier Division) and Slough Town (BGB Southern League Division One South & West).

The Shaymen have been revived in a similar manner to AFC Telford United, who were placed at this level by the FA in 2004 after Telford United's demise.

THE MOVES AT STEPS TWO, THREE & FOUR

All in all, four of the six clubs finishing in the relegation places in Blue Square North and South were eventually reprieved from relegation.

Redditch United and Worcester City were initially moved from Blue Square North to Blue Square South after four northern clubs were relegated from the Blue Square Premier - but Redditch were subsequently moved back to the North Division at the Football Conference's AGM on 7 June.

Stafford Rangers
Farsley Celtic
Droylsden
Droylsden, Farsley Celtic and Stafford Rangers have been placed in Blue Square North following their relegation from the Blue Square Premier, while joining them will be Unibond Premier Division champions Fleetwood Town and play-off winners Gateshead, and BGB Southern Premier Division champions King's Lynn.

As well as Redditch's geographical move (see above), Blue Square South newcomers are Ryman Premier Division champions Chelmsford City and play-off winners AFC Wimbledon, and BGB Southern Premier Division play-off winners Team Bath.

Leigh RMI
Leigh RMI have been relegated from Blue Square North to the Unibond Premier Division, and have renamed themselves as Leigh Genesis. They will be joined by Boston United (see above) and promoted sides Bradford Park Avenue, FC United of Manchester, Cammell Laird and Nantwich Town. Boston's demotion spared Vauxhall Motors from relegation from Blue Square North.

Cambridge City were relegated from Blue Square South for failing to achieve the FA's Ground Grading Category B, and lost a subsequent appeal to the FA. Their demotion earned Weston-super-Mare a reprieve from relegation.

City have been relegated to the BGB Southern Premier Division, where they will be joined by promoted clubs Evesham United, Stourbridge, Farnborough and Oxford City.

Nuneaton Borough's two-division demotion from Blue Square North following their liquidation reprieved Dorchester Town (Blue Square South - with Redditch switching back to the North) and Bedford Town (BGB Southern Premier Division) from relegation. The renamed Nuneaton Town (see above) will begin next season in BGB Southern League Division One Midlands.

Sutton United have been relegated from Blue Square South to the Ryman Premier Division, where they will be joined by promoted clubs Dartford, Canvey Island, Dover Athletic and Tooting & Mitcham.

Other clubs switched "sideways" at Step Four are AFC Sudbury, Arlesey Town and Bury Town (Ryman Division One North to BGB Southern League Division One Midlands), Bishop's Cleeve and Cinderford Town (BGB Southern League Division One Midlands to South & West), Chatham Town (Ryman Division One South to North), Colwyn Bay and Warrington Town (Unibond Division One South to North), Fleet Town and Godalming Town (BGB Southern League Division One South & West to Ryman Division One South), Hillingdon Borough (BGB Southern League Division One South & West to Ryman Division One North), Marlow (BGB Southern League Division One South & West to Midlands), and Rushall Olympic and Willenhall Town (BGB Southern League Division One Midlands to Unibond Division One South).


Here is a run-down of which team (provisionally) will be in which league for 2008/09.

STEP ONE

Blue Square Premier: Altrincham, Barrow, Burton Albion, Cambridge United, Crawley Town, Eastbourne Borough, Ebbsfleet United, Forest Green Rovers, Grays Athletic, Histon, Kettering Town, Kidderminster Harriers, Lewes, Mansfield Town, Northwich Victoria, Oxford United, Rushden & Diamonds, Salisbury City, Stevenage Borough, Torquay United, Weymouth, Woking, Wrexham, York City.

STEP TWO

Blue Square North: AFC Telford United, Alfreton Town, Blyth Spartans, Burscough, Droylsden, Farsley Celtic, Fleetwood Town, Gainsborough Trinity, Gateshead, Harrogate Town, Hinckley United, Hucknall Town, Hyde United, King's Lynn, Redditch United, Solihull Moors, Southport, Stafford Rangers, Stalybridge Celtic, Tamworth, Vauxhall Motors, Workington.

Blue Square South: AFC Wimbledon, Basingstoke Town, Bath City, Bishop's Stortford, Bognor Regis Town, Braintree Town, Bromley, Chelmsford City, Dorchester Town, Eastleigh, Fisher Athletic, Hampton & Richmond Borough, Havant & Waterlooville, Hayes & Yeading United, Maidenhead United, Newport County, St Albans City, Team Bath, Thurrock, Welling United, Weston-super-Mare, Worcester City.

STEP THREE

BGB Southern Premier Division: Banbury United, Bashley, Bedford Town, Brackley Town, Cambridge City, Chippenham Town, Clevedon Town, Corby Town, Evesham United, Farnborough, Gloucester City, Halesowen Town, Hemel Hempstead Town, Hitchin Town, Mangotsfield United, Merthyr Tydfil, Oxford City, Rugby Town, Stourbridge, Swindon Supermarine, Tiverton Town, Yate Town.

Ryman Premier Division: AFC Hornchurch, Ashford Town (Middlesex), Billericay Town, Boreham Wood, Canvey Island, Carshalton Athletic, Dartford, Dover Athletic, Harlow Town, Harrow Borough, Hastings United, Hendon, Heybridge Swifts, Horsham, Maidstone United, Margate, Ramsgate, Staines Town, Sutton United, Tonbridge Angels, Tooting & Mitcham, Wealdstone.

Unibond Premier Division: Ashton United, Boston United, Bradford Park Avenue, Buxton, Cammell Laird, Eastwood Town, FC United of Manchester, Frickley Athletic, Guiseley, Hednesford Town, Ilkeston Town, Kendal Town, Leigh Genesis, Marine, Matlock Town, Nantwich Town, North Ferriby United, Ossett Town, Prescot Cables, Whitby Town, Witton Albion, Worksop Town.

STEP FOUR

BGB Southern League Division One Midlands: AFC Sudbury, Arlesey Town, Atherstone Town, Aylesbury United, Barton Rovers, Bedworth United, Bromsgrove Rovers, Bury Town, Chasetown, Chesham United, Dunstable Town, Leamington, Leighton Town, Malvern Town, Marlow, Nuneaton Town, Romulus, Rothwell Town, Soham Town Rangers, Stourport Swifts, Sutton Coldfield Town, Woodford United.

BGB Southern League Division One South & West: Abingdon United, AFC Hayes, AFC Totton, Andover, Beaconsfield SYCOB, Bishops Cleeve, Bracknell Town, Bridgwater Town, Burnham, Cinderford Town, Cirencester Town, Didcot Town, Gosport Borough, North Leigh, Paulton Rovers, Slough Town, Taunton Town, Thatcham Town, Truro City, Uxbridge, Winchester City, Windsor & Eton.

Ryman Division One North: Aveley, Brentwood Town, Chatham Town, Cheshunt, Concord Rangers, East Thurrock United, Enfield Town, Great Wakering Rovers, Hillingdon Borough, Ilford, Leyton, Maldon Town, Northwood, Potters Bar Town, Redbridge, Thamesmead Town, Tilbury, Waltham Abbey, Waltham Forest, Ware, Wingate & Finchley, Witham Town.

Ryman Division One South: Ashford Town (Kent), Burgess Hill Town, Chipstead, Corinthian Casuals, Cray Wanderers, Crowborough Athletic, Croydon Athletic, Dulwich Hamlet, Eastbourne Town, Fleet Town, Folkestone Invicta, Godalming Town, Kingstonian, Leatherhead, Merstham, Metropolitan Police, Sittingbourne, Walton & Hersham, Walton Casuals, Whitstable Town, Whyteleafe, Worthing.

Unibond Division One North: Bamber Bridge, Chorley, Clitheroe, Colwyn Bay, Curzon Ashton, Durham City, FC Halifax Town, Garforth Town, Harrogate Railway, Lancaster City, Mossley, Newcastle Blue Star, Ossett Albion, Radcliffe Borough, Rossendale United, Salford City, Skelmersdale United, Trafford, Wakefield, Warrington Town, Woodley Sports.

Unibond Division One South: Belper Town, Brigg Town, Carlton Town, Glapwell, Goole, Grantham Town, Gresley Rovers, Kidsgrove Athletic, Leek Town, Lincoln United, Loughborough Dynamo, Quorn, Retford United, Rushall Olympic, Sheffield, Shepshed Dynamo, Spalding United, Stamford, Stocksbridge Park Steels, Willenhall Town.

see also
Double FA punishment for Nuneaton
12 Jun 08 |  Non League
FA backs move to relegate Boston
12 Jun 08 |  Non League
Halifax fail with demotion appeal
12 Jun 08 |  Non League
Leigh RMI are reborn as Genesis
12 Jun 08 |  Non League
Magpies & Vauxhall earn reprieve
08 Jun 08 |  Non League
Cambridge City fail in FA appeal
28 May 08 |  Non League
Clubs are unsure over move south
16 May 08 |  Non League
League switch for Sudbury & Bury
15 May 08 |  Non League
Two groups fight to save Halifax
14 May 08 |  Halifax
Halifax on the brink of collapse
09 May 08 |  Halifax
Guide to the Non-League Pyramid
31 Mar 08 |  Non League


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