2016–17 National League

The 2016–17 National League season, known as the Vanarama National League for sponsorship reasons, was the second season under the new title of National League, thirteenth season consisting of three divisions and the thirty-eighth season overall. [1]

The National League covers the top two levels of non-League football in England. The National League is the fifth highest level of the overall pyramid, while the National League North and National League South exist at the sixth level. The top team and the winner of the play-off of the Premier division will be promoted to English Football League Two, while the bottom four are relegated to the North or South divisions. The champions of the North and South divisions will be promoted to the Premier division, alongside the play-off winners from each division. The bottom three in each of the North and South divisions are relegated to the premier divisions of the Northern Premier League, Isthmian League or Southern League. The fixtures were announced on 6 July 2016. [2]

National League

National League
Season 2016–17
Champions Lincoln City
Promoted Lincoln City
Forest Green Rovers
Relegated Braintree Town
North Ferriby United
Southport
York City
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1,424 (2.58 per match)
Top goalscorer Ricky Miller, Dover Athletic (40 goals)
Biggest home win Tranmere Rovers 9 - 0 Solihull Moors
Biggest away win Sutton United 0 – 6 Dover Athletic
Highest scoring Tranmere Rovers 9 - 0 Solihull Moors
Longest winning run Gateshead (7 matches) [3]
Longest unbeaten run Lincoln City (13 matches) [3]
Longest winless run Guiseley (13 matches) [3]
Longest losing run North Ferriby United (8 matches) [3]
Highest attendance 10,031 (Lincoln City v Macclesfield Town)
Lowest attendance 313 ( Boreham Wood v North Ferriby United)
Average attendance 1,868

Promotion and relegation

The following teams changed divisions after the 2015–16 season. Solihull Moors were the first team to be promoted after North Ferriby United's 2–0 loss to Stalybridge Celtic on 13 April 2016 clinched them the National League North title. This will be their first season in the National League. Sutton United were promoted on 23 April 2016 after a 2–0 win over Chelmsford City, returning to the league for the first time in sixteen years.

Dagenham & Redbridge were relegated from Football League Two on 16 April 2016 after their 3–2 loss to Leyton Orient returning to the fifth tier after nine years in the Football League. York City were relegated on 23 April after their 3–0 loss to Accrington Stanley,returning to the league for the first time since the 2011–12 season. North Ferriby United's 2–1 win over A.F.C. Fylde and Maidstone United's win on penalties over Ebbsfleet United made them the National League North and National League South play-off winners respectively. It is the first time both teams have competed in the league.

The six teams replace Cheltenham Town, Grimsby Town, FC Halifax Town, Altrincham, Kidderminster Harriers and Welling United. Cheltenham Town were promoted back to League Two at their first attempt after beating FC Halifax Town 2–0 on 16 April 2016. Grimsby Town were promoted back to the Football League after beating Forest Green Rovers 3–1 in the 2015–16 National League play-off final. [4] Kidderminster Harriers and Welling United were relegated on the same day after defeats to Barrow and Chester.

On the final day of the season, Altrincham were relegated after losing 3–0 to Braintree Town, ending their two-year stay in the league. FC Halifax Town's 1–1 draw against Macclesfield Town was not enough to save them after Guiseley's 4–3 win over Torquay United, ending their three-year stay in the league.

Team changes

To National League

Promoted from National League North

Promoted from National League South

Relegated from League Two

From National League

Relegated to National League North

Relegated to National League South

Promoted to League Two

Stadia and locations

Locations of the National League clubsGreater London
Team Location Stadium Capacity
Aldershot Town Aldershot Recreation Ground 7,100
Barrow Barrow-in-Furness Holker Street 5,045
Boreham Wood Borehamwood Meadow Park 4,502
Braintree Town Braintree Cressing Road 4,085
Bromley London ( Bromley) Hayes Lane 5,300
Chester Chester Deva Stadium 6,500
Dagenham & Redbridge London ( Dagenham) Victoria Road 6,078
Dover Athletic Dover Crabble Athletic Ground 5,885
Eastleigh Eastleigh Ten Acres 5,250
Forest Green Rovers Nailsworth The New Lawn 5,032
Gateshead Gateshead Gateshead International Stadium 11,800
Guiseley Guiseley Nethermoor Park 3,770
Lincoln City Lincoln Sincil Bank 10,120
Macclesfield Town Macclesfield Moss Rose 6,355
Maidstone United Maidstone Gallagher Stadium 4,200
North Ferriby United North Ferriby Grange Lane 2,200
Solihull Moors Solihull Damson Park 3,050
Southport Southport Haig Avenue 7,177
Sutton United London ( Sutton) Gander Green Lane 5,013
Torquay United Torquay Plainmoor 6,200
Tranmere Rovers Birkenhead Prenton Park 16,789
Woking Woking Kingfield Stadium 6,036
Wrexham Wrexham Racecourse Ground 10,771
York City York Bootham Crescent 8,256 [5]

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Eastleigh Wales Chris Todd Sacked 17 August 2016 [6] 24th England Ronnie Moore 19 August 2016 [7]
Guiseley England Mark Bower 21 August 2016 [8] 24th England Adam Lockwood 22 September 2016 [9]
Southport England Andy Bishop 3 September 2016 [10] 23rd England Steve Burr 8 September 2016 [11]
Tranmere Rovers England Gary Brabin 18 September 2016 [12] 5th England Paul Carden (Interim) 19 September 2016 [13]
Braintree Town England Jamie Day 25 September 2016 [14] 22nd England Hakan Hayrettin 27 September 2016 [15]
Tranmere Rovers England Paul Carden End of Interim Spell 7 October 2016 [12] 9th Scotland Micky Mellon 7 October 2016 [16]
Wrexham England Gary Mills Sacked 13 October 2016 [17] 15th England Dean Keates 25 October 2016 [18]
York City Scotland Jackie McNamara Became Chief Executive 16 October 2016 19th England Gary Mills 16 October 2016 [19]
Eastleigh England Ronnie Moore Resigned 30 November 2016 9th England Martin Allen 1 December 2016 [20]
Southport England Steve Burr Sacked 30 January 2017 [21] 20th England Liam Watson (Interim) 30 January 2017
Eastleigh England Martin Allen 22 February 2017[ citation needed] 15th England Richard Hill 22 February 2017

League table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Lincoln City (C, P) 46 30 9 7 83 40 +43 99 Promoted to EFL League Two
2 Tranmere Rovers 46 29 8 9 79 39 +40 95 Qualified for the play-offs
3 Forest Green Rovers (O, P) 46 25 11 10 88 56 +32 86 Qualified for the play-offs, then promoted to EFL League Two [a]
4 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 26 6 14 79 53 +26 84 Qualified for the play-offs
5 Aldershot Town 46 23 13 10 66 37 +29 82
6 Dover Athletic 46 24 7 15 85 63 +22 79
7 Barrow 46 20 15 11 72 53 +19 75
8 Gateshead 46 19 13 14 72 51 +21 70
9 Macclesfield Town 46 20 8 18 64 57 +7 68
10 Bromley 46 18 8 20 59 66 −7 62
11 Boreham Wood 46 15 13 18 49 48 +1 58
12 Sutton United 46 15 13 18 61 63 −2 58
13 Wrexham 46 15 13 18 47 61 −14 58
14 Maidstone United 46 16 10 20 59 75 −16 58
15 Eastleigh 46 14 15 17 56 63 −7 57
16 Solihull Moors 46 15 10 21 62 75 −13 55
17 Torquay United 46 14 11 21 54 61 −7 53
18 Woking 46 14 11 21 66 80 −14 53
19 Chester 46 14 10 22 63 71 −8 52
20 Guiseley 46 13 12 21 50 67 −17 51
21 York City (R) 46 11 17 18 55 70 −15 50 Relegated to National League North
22 Braintree Town (R) 46 13 9 24 51 76 −25 48 Relegated to National League South
23 Southport (R) 46 10 9 27 52 97 −45 39 Relegated to National League North
24 North Ferriby United (R) 46 12 3 31 32 82 −50 39
Source: National League official site
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored; 4) Number of matches won; 5) Head-to-head results [22]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Four teams played for one spot and promotion to EFL League Two.

Results

Home ╲ Away ALD BRW BOR BRA BRO CHR D&R DOV EAS FGR GAT GUI LIN MAC MDS NFU SOL SOU SUT TOR TRA WOK WRE YOR
Aldershot Town 2–2 2–0 2–0 4–0 0–0 3–1 1–0 0–1 0–4 3–0 1–0 0–0 1–2 1–0 2–0 2–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 4–0 2–0 0–0
Barrow 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 3–2 2–1 2–3 4–0 2–3 0–0 3–0 3–0 1–1 3–0 3–1 2–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 2–1 2–2 1–1 2–0
Boreham Wood 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–3 5–0 0–1 1–0 0–4 0–0 2–0 2–4 0–1 1–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 0–1 2–1 0–1 1–1
Braintree Town 2–0 0–2 1–2 2–2 1–2 3–2 1–2 1–1 0–1 1–4 2–0 0–4 1–3 0–0 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 1–3 0–1 1–3 1–2 1–1
Bromley 2–2 4–1 1–0 0–5 0–1 1–3 0–2 0–5 1–5 3–2 1–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 3–0 0–1 3–1 1–0 1–0 0–2 2–1 4–3 3–0
Chester 2–0 1–2 0–2 1–0 1–1 3–0 5–0 0–1 1–2 1–2 2–0 2–5 2–3 1–3 3–0 0–3 2–2 4–0 1–0 2–3 2–3 1–1 0–2
Dagenham & Redbridge 1–0 1–4 0–2 3–0 2–1 3–2 2–0 4–0 2–1 0–5 1–2 1–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 4–4 3–0 2–2 0–1 0–0 1–1 3–0 1–0
Dover Athletic 1–2 3–1 1–4 6–1 1–0 3–1 1–2 3–0 4–3 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 0–0 3–0 3–1 1–2 1–4 3–1 1–1 2–2
Eastleigh 1–1 2–0 2–2 0–2 2–1 0–3 0–1 2–4 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–1 0–1 3–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 3–0 0–2 0–1 1–1 1–1
Forest Green Rovers 2–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 3–0 2–3 3–0 2–2 0–1 2–1 5–1 1–1 5–5 2–2 4–3 3–0 2–1
Gateshead 1–1 4–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–0 1–0 4–2 2–2 3–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–2 0–1 0–0 3–0 1–0 0–0 0–1 2–1 2–2 6–1
Guiseley 1–0 1–0 3–1 0–0 1–4 1–1 0–2 0–4 1–1 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–2 2–1 1–2 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–0 1–2 1–1 2–3 6–1
Lincoln City 3–3 1–2 2–0 3–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 0–0 3–1 3–0 3–1 2–1 2–0 6–1 0–0 4–0 1–3 2–1 2–1 3–2 1–0 1–1
Macclesfield Town 0–2 0–1 0–2 2–0 1–2 0–0 1–4 2–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 1–2 3–0 1–0 1–3 3–1 0–0 2–0 4–2 3–1 3–0 1–3
Maidstone United 0–2 2–1 1–0 2–1 0–2 4–2 0–1 1–4 2–1 1–4 0–2 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–2 2–4 4–2 1–1 2–1 0–1 0–3 2–2 1–1
North Ferriby United 0–3 0–1 2–4 0–0 1–2 0–1 0–4 1–2 2–1 0–3 1–0 3–2 0–1 0–2 0–2 1–4 0–1 2–1 1–0 1–4 2–1 0–0 0–1
Solihull Moors 0–2 2–4 1–1 3–3 1–0 3–2 2–5 2–3 2–0 0–1 0–2 3–2 0–1 2–3 2–0 2–0 4–0 3–0 0–1 0–3 2–2 0–1 1–2
Southport 1–1 1–4 1–0 4–5 1–2 0–1 1–4 0–1 4–3 2–0 0–3 0–1 1–1 1–2 3–2 2–4 0–0 1–1 1–2 1–1 2–1 3–2 2–0
Sutton United 2–0 0–0 1–0 1–2 2–0 5–2 1–0 0–6 1–1 1–2 3–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 5–1 1–3 2–2 2–0 1–0 4–1 1–0 2–2
Torquay United 0–0 1–1 0–1 3–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–1 2–3 4–3 3–1 1–2 1–2 1–1 2–3 2–0 3–0 1–2 2–3 0–0 1–2 1–1 2–0
Tranmere Rovers 2–2 2–0 2–1 1–0 2–2 2–2 0–2 1–0 2–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 9–0 4–1 3–2 2–1 3–1 2–0 1–0
Woking 1–2 1–1 0–0 2–3 2–1 3–1 1–3 1–0 3–3 0–1 3–0 0–0 1–3 1–0 2–4 1–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 3–1 0–3 2–0 1–1
Wrexham 0–2 2–2 2–1 0–1 2–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 3–1 0–2 3–1 1–2 0–3 1–3 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 2–1 2–1
York City 0–1 2–1 1–1 3–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–1 3–1 2–2 1–3 1–1 1–4 1–0 1–1 0–1 4–0 5–3 2–2 0–0 0–0 4–1 1–3

Updated to games played on 29 April 2017.
Source: The National League
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Play-offs

  Semifinals Final
                     
2 Tranmere Rovers 3 2 5  
5 Aldershot Town 0 2 2  
    2 Tranmere Rovers 1
  3 Forest Green Rovers 3
3 Forest Green Rovers 1 2 3
4 Dagenham & Redbridge 1 0 1  

First leg

Second leg

Final

Top scorers

As of matches played 29 April 2017 [23]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 England Ricky Miller Dover Athletic 40
2 Wales Christian Doidge Forest Green Rovers 25
3 England Andy Cook Tranmere Rovers 23
4 England Michael Cheek Braintree Town 19
England Byron Harrison Barrow
5 England Oliver Hawkins Dagenham & Redbridge 18
England Danny Johnson Gateshead
8 England James Alabi Chester 17
England Gozie Ugwu Woking
9 England Richard Bennett Barrow 15
England Matt Rhead Lincoln City
England Corey Whitely Dagenham & Redbridge