The Blues players, staff and you the fans will be travelling all around the country next season as the club hope for a memorable National League North campaign. Where are we off to?
Stockport County and Chorley are two games the Blues will miss next season as they were promoted as Champions and via the Play-Offs respectively. Relegation for Ashton United, FC United of Manchester and Nuneaton Borough have been replaced with a few more long distance games.
Kettering Town were the first team to make it to the sixth tier, cruising to the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Title. They won 30 of their 42 matches and finished 14 points ahead of their nearest rivals.
The side closest to them were King’s Lynn Town, who had to do it the hard way – but were promoted through the newly introduced ‘super’ Play-Off.
They were the best of the next four in the Southern Prem, and went into a winner takes all affair with Warrington Town who had won the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Play-Offs. ‘The Linnets’ were victorious which means a trip to Norfolk awaits.
The Evo-Stik Northern Premier title winners also came up in Farsley Celtic. The Leeds-based side captured the Championship by finishing three points clear of South Shields.
Initially, it appeared four southern teams being relegated from the National League in Aldershot, Havant, Braintree and Maidstone required two clubs bumped up from the South. However, Gateshead have been demoted following Saturday’s AGM and will face the Blues next season. Gloucester City are the team moving up to the North from the NLS. A lot of travelling next term!
There’s only four miles between York’s Bootham Crescent home and their new Community Stadium they are due to move into during 2019/2020. It is unclear which ground the Blues will visit until the fixtures are released.
The National League North fixtures are released at 1pm on Wednesday 3rd July!
Miles to ground next season…
Blyth Spartans (Croft Park) – 203 miles
King’s Lynn Town (The Walks) – 187 miles
Gateshead (International Stadium) – 186 miles
Spennymoor Town (Brewery Field) – 165 miles
Boston United (Jakemans Stadium) – 157 miles
Darlington (Blackwell Meadows) – 152 miles
Brackley Town (St James Park) – 131 miles
Kettering Town (Latimer Park) – 131 miles
York City (New Community Stadium, if new ground is complete when Blues visit) – 120 miles
York City (Bootham Crescent, if new ground not complete when Blues visit) – 116 miles
Gloucester City (Jubilee Stadium) – 113 miles
Leamington (New Windmill Ground) – 110 miles
Alfreton Town (Impact Arena) – 104 miles
Hereford (Edgar Street) – 95 miles
Guiseley (Nethermoor Park) – 89 miles
Farsley Celtic (Throstle Nest) – 84 miles
Bradford PA (Horsfall Stadium) – 79 miles
Kidderminster (Aggborough) – 79 miles
Curzon Ashton (Tameside Stadium) – 49 miles
Southport (Merseyrail Community Stadium) – 48 miles
AFC Telford (New Bucks Head) – 46 miles
Altrincham (Moss Lane) – 36 miles