Northern Premier League
The League have informed us that they hope to be able to publish the fixtures for the new season by Monday the 9th July. Many supporters have been in touch and asked why there is such a delay when other fixtures have already been announced, the reason is that the fixtures for the new season are drawn in order of league seniority with the Premier League making their announcement first, followed by The Championship, League One etc.
Next season FC United will be playing at Step 4 of the non-league pyramid. Following restructuring of the non-league pyramid at this level The Northern Premier League now consists of 22 teams in the Premier Division and 18 teams in each of the First Divisions North and South. The clubs joining us in the Northern Premier League First Division North will be:
Bamber Bridge, Bradford Park Avenue, Bridlington, Chorley, Clitheroe, Curzon Ashton, Garforth Town, Harrogate RA, Lancaster City, Mossley, Newcastle Blue Star, Ossett Albion, Radcliffe Borough, Rossendale United, Skelmersdale United, Wakefield, Woodley Sports.
Fellow promoted North West Counties side Nantwich have joined Northern Premier League First Division South and will be playing the likes of Quorn and Sheffield FC.
When the FA announced the details of the restructuring a number of clubs complained that a 34 game season was too short. To address this perceived shortfall the clubs decided to have an extra eight games; four to be played at home and four to be played away.
To facilitate these additional games each division will be split into two groups of nine clubs:
Group ‘A’ - Bamber Bridge, Chorley, Clitheroe, FC United of Manchester, Lancaster City, Radcliffe Borough, Rossendale United, Skelmersdale United, Woodley Sports.
Group ‘B’ - Bradford Park Avenue, Bridlington, Curzon Ashton, Garforth Town, Harrogate RA, Mossley, Newcastle Blue Star, Ossett Albion, Wakefield.
When the fixtures are announced we will be playing the teams in Group A three times (four at home twice and once away plus four away twice and once at home) and the teams in Group B just twice with all the points gained counting towards the championship total.
Further details on the restructruing can be found at www.tonykempster.co.uk/
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