1989–90 Football Conference

The Football Conference season of 1989–90 (known as the GM Vauxhall Conference for sponsorship reasons) was the eleventh season of the Football Conference.


Darlington, relegated to the Conference from the Fourth Division a year earlier, finished the season as Conference champions and regained their Football League status at the first attempt — just as Lincoln City had done two years earlier. Coming down to the Conference from the Football League were the bottom placed Fourth Division club Colchester United.

New teams in the league this season

Final league table[1]

Football Conference
Season 1989–90[1]
Champions Darlington (1st Football Conference title)
Promoted to the Football League Darlington
Conference League Cup winners Yeading (Isthmian League)
FA Trophy winners Barrow
Relegated to
Level 6
Farnborough Town
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1317 (2.85 per match)
Top goalscorer Robbie Cooke (Kettering Town), 28
Biggest home win RuncornEnfield 9–0 (3 Mar 1990)
Biggest away win BarrowMerthyr Tydfil 1–5 (18 Apr 1990);
Stafford RangersDarlington 0–4 (21 Apr 1990);
Telford UnitedChorley 0–4 (9 Dec 1989);
Wycombe WanderersCheltenham Town 0–4 (30 Dec 1989);
Yeovil TownWelling United 0–4 (13 Sep 1989)
Highest scoring RuncornEnfield 9–0 (3 Mar 1990);
Farnborough TownRuncorn 6–3 (11 Nov 1989)
Longest winning run Barnet, 8 matches
Longest unbeaten run Darlington, 13 matches
Longest losing run Northwich Victoria, 6 matches
Highest attendance Barnet v Darlington, 5,880 (31 Mar 1990)
Lowest attendance ?
Average attendance 1,429 (+ 9% from previous season)
Locations of the Football Conference teams 1989–1990