THE OPPOSITION: Darlington 1883

As we continue our look around the 2016/17 National League North, our journey brings us to Darlington 1883.\r\n\r\nFormed from the ashes of Darlington Football Club in 2012, the inception of Darlington 1883 was not a straightforward one.\r\n\r\nDarlington 1883 applied to join the Northern League as a new club, after the collapse of Darlington F.C.\r\n\r\nUnder FA […]

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THE OPPOSITION: Chorley

Moving on in our series looking at next seasons Vanarama National League North opponents, we roll on to historic side, Chorley.\r\n\r\nFormed in 1883, the 133-year history of Chorley has been spent in non-league for their entirety, however they’ve picked up plenty of silverware on the way.\r\n\r\nAnother side who began as a Rugby Club, they made […]

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THE OPPOSITION: Bradford Park Avenue

Following a comfortable season in mid table last term, we will once again be making the long 183-mile journey to Bradford Park Avenue’s Horsfall Stadium.\r\n\r\nMuch like Gloucester, Bradford is a city with a large passion for rugby as well as football, and this is how the Avenue were founded. Originally playing the sport before adopting […]

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THE OPPOSITION: Brackley Town

After keeping themselves in the division on the final day of the 2015/2016 season, we will once again be meeting the Saints. \r\n\r\nFollowing their 1-0 win over Tamworth to take themselves out of the drop zone on that final day, as well as a 1-1 draw for the now relegated Lowestoft against, well Gloucester City, […]

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THE OPPOSITION: Boston United

In our series taking a look at each of our opposition for the National League North next season, we roll on to former Football League side Boston United.\r\n\r\nThe Pilgrims came close to promotion last season but fell at the first hurdle against North Ferriby United in the Play-Off Semi-Final First Leg.\r\n\r\nSo now with another season […]

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THE OPPOSITION: Altrincham

New boys to the division, Altrincham return to the National League North having spent two seasons’ in non-league’s top flight.\r\n\r\nAfter their initial season in the National League saw Alty finish 17th, last seasons relegation will be a real disappointment for Neil Young’s new side, but the re-build is very firmly on.\r\n\r\nA host of players have […]

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THE OPPOSITION: Alfreton Town

Following last season’s top ten finish, Alfreton Town will be looking to push on this season and return once again to the National League.\r\n\r\nA side who’ve competed at the top level of non-league football and even challenged for the play-offs in 2013/2014 to reach the Football League. Alfreton are a good side with plenty of […]

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THE OPPOSITION: AFC Telford United

AFC Telford last season managed to escape relegation and remain in the National League North to fight another day.\r\n\r\nA side who have yo-yo’d from the National League in recent years, next season’s Shropshire opponents will be relieved that they will make it back down to take on Tim Harris’ side.\r\n\r\nFormed in 2004 following the demise […]

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THE OPPOSITION: AFC Fylde

It’s exciting times on the North West coast in terms of football, with our league rivals AFC Fylde moving into their new ground, and chasing promotion once more to non-league’s top tier.\r\n\r\nNot an old club by any stretch of the imagination, they were formed as recently as 1988 as Kirkham & Wesham before the name […]

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