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1996–97 Northern Premier League

The 1996–97 Northern Premier League season was the 29th in the history of the Northern Premier League, a football competition in England. Teams were divided into two divisions; the Premier and the First. It was known as the Unibond League for sponsorship reasons.[1]

Premier Division

Northern Premier League Premier Division
Season 1996–97
Champions Leek Town
Promoted Leek Town
Relegated Buxton
Witton Albion
Matches played 506
Goals scored 1466 (2.9 per match)

The Premier League featured three new teams:

League Table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Leek Town (C) (P) 44 28 9 7 71 35 +36 93 Promotion to the Conference
2 44 23 14 7 88 43 +45 83
3 Hyde United 44 22 16 6 93 46 +47 82
4 44 23 12 9 89 54 +35 81
5 Barrow 44 23 11 10 71 45 +26 80
6 Boston United 44 22 13 9 74 47 +27 79
7 Blyth Spartans 44 22 11 11 74 49 +25 77
8 Marine 44 20 15 9 53 37 +16 75
9 Guiseley 44 20 11 13 63 54 +9 71
10 Gainsborough Trinity 44 18 12 14 65 46 +19 66
11 Accrington Stanley 44 18 12 14 77 70 +7 66
12 44 15 15 14 63 62 +1 60
13 Chorley 44 16 9 19 69 66 +3 57
14 44 13 14 17 50 56 −6 53
15 44 12 14 18 58 79 −21 50 Club folded at the end of the season
16 Colwyn Bay 44 11 13 20 60 76 −16 46
17 Lancaster City 44 12 9 23 48 75 −27 45
18 Frickley Athletic 44 12 8 24 62 91 −29 44
19 44 10 10 24 52 68 −16 40
20 Bamber Bridge 44 11 7 26 59 99 −40 40
21 Alfreton Town 44 8 13 23 45 86 −41 37
22 Witton Albion (R) 44 5 14 25 49 91 −42 29 Relegation to the NPL Division One
23 Buxton (R) 44 5 12 27 33 86 −53 27

Updated to games played on 3 March 2011.
Source: [1].
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Division One

Northern Premier League Division One
Season 1996–97
Champions Radcliffe Borough
Promoted Leigh RMI
Radcliffe Borough
Relegated Atherton L.R.
Curzon Ashton
Warrington Town
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1281 (2.77 per match)

Division One featured four new teams:

League Table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Radcliffe Borough (C) (P) 42 26 7 9 77 33 +44 85 Promotion to the Premier Division
2 Leigh RMI (P) 42 24 11 7 65 33 +32 83
3 Lincoln United 42 25 8 9 78 47 +31 83
4 Farsley Celtic 42 23 8 11 75 48 +27 77
5 Worksop Town 42 20 12 10 68 38 +30 72
6 Stocksbridge Park Steels 42 19 11 12 66 54 +12 68
7 Bradford Park Avenue 42 20 8 14 58 50 +8 68
8 Ashton United 42 17 14 11 73 52 +21 65
9 42 16 12 14 56 46 +10 60
10 Droylsden 42 15 14 13 69 67 +2 59
11 Matlock Town 42 16 9 17 60 69 −9 57
12 42 14 12 16 47 54 −7 54
13 42 15 7 20 57 72 −15 52
14 42 12 14 16 54 56 −2 50
15 Eastwood Town 42 12 14 16 42 49 −7 50
16 Gretna 42 11 17 14 55 67 −12 50
17 Harrogate Town 42 13 8 21 54 76 −22 47
18 42 12 9 21 47 64 −17 45
19 Workington 42 10 12 20 45 63 −18 42
20 Curzon Ashton (R) 42 8 10 24 48 79 −31 34 Relegation to the NCEFL Premier Division
21 Warrington Town (R) 42 5 18 19 42 79 −37 033* Relegation to the NWCFL Division Two
22  (R) 42 7 9 26 45 85 −40 30 Relegation to the NWCFL Division One

Updated to games played on May 1997.
Source: [2].
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
* Warrington Town were relegated an extra level due to ground standards issues.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Promotion and relegation

In the twenty-ninth season of the Northern Premier League Leek Town (as champions) were automatically promoted to the Football Conference. Witton Albion and Buxton were relegated to the First Division while Knowsley United left the League at the end of the season. Boston United moved to the Southern League. These clubs were replaced by relegated Conference side Altrincham, First Division winners Radcliffe Borough and second placed Leigh RMI. In the First Division Curzon Ashton, Warrington Town and Atherton Laburnum Rovers left the League at the end of the season and were replaced by newly-admitted Whitby Town, Belper Town and Trafford.

Cup Results

Challenge Cup: Teams from both leagues.

  • Gainsborough Trinity bt. Boston United

President's Cup: 'Plate' competition for losing teams in the NPL Cup.

  • Blyth Spartans bt. Runcorn

Peter Swales Shield: Between Champions of NPL Premier Division and Winners of the NPL Cup.

  • Gainsborough Trinity bt. Leek Town

References

External links

  • Northern Premier League Tables at RSSSF
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