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Next season starting to take shape........

Postby Charlie Magpie » Sat Apr 16, 2016 9:43 pm

With only a few games remaining until the end of the season, a few relegation/promotion issues were settled today.

Cheltenham are champions and promoted from the National League, whereas Kidderminster and Welling are relegated.

Kidderminster will, subject to confirmation, be joining National League North - another former league club strengthening the opposition in our league. With an average attendance of 1,836 this season, hopefully another good attendance when they visit Victory Park. Worcester City will be ground-sharing with Bromsgrove Sporting next season, about 10 miles to the east of Kidderminster.

Locked in the National league relegation battle are Guiseley, Halifax and Altrincham, all candidates for National League North. Altrincham need at least a win and a draw from their last two games and for other results to go their way. So the Robins look likely to be bobbing along to Victory Park next season. Halifax have a game in hand on their rivals but their current form is poor.

Coming up from the Northern Premier League could be Darlington 1883 (ave. attendance 1,156), Salford City or Blyth Spartans, three big clubs with ambitions to climb even higher up the football pyramid.

So National League North will go from strength to strength next season, presenting us with even more BIG games and tough challenges.

Get the pen ready, Graham!
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Re: Next season starting to take shape........

Postby Ed » Sun Apr 17, 2016 5:38 pm

Leamington OR Redditch could come up to VN from Midlands replacing more southerly teams.

Matt in his post-match interviews seems optimistic for next season with 4 or 5 new players to strengthen the side (the best recruits seem to sign in May not August as this year's new squad members seemed to do). However CM rightly argues that next season's newcomers will all be top teams so arguably it will be harder for Chorley to challenge.
Also the 3 that miss out in playoffs and Telford, Stockport and FCUM must have ambitions for next year.
That makes 11 main challengers to the likes of Chorley.
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Re: Next season starting to take shape........

Postby mike1 » Mon Apr 18, 2016 12:24 am

Ed wrote:Leamington OR Redditch could come up to VN from Midlands replacing more southerly teams.

Matt in his post-match interviews seems optimistic for next season with 4 or 5 new players to strengthen the side (the best recruits seem to sign in May not August as this year's new squad members seemed to do). However CM rightly argues that next season's newcomers will all be top teams so arguably it will be harder for Chorley to challenge.
Also the 3 that miss out in playoffs and Telford, Stockport and FCUM must have ambitions for next year.
That makes 11 main challengers to the likes of Chorley.


An interview post-Corby on the Stockport site makes interesting viewing and listening. Jim Gannon is one of the more perceptive managers and is clearly already planning busily for next season. He claimed he had more or less 'agreed terms' with up to half a dozen new players already - and the way he was talking it sounded like he was targeting one or two from National North, commenting that if his moves weakened some of Stockport's rivals in VNN all the better! Should we be forewarned here - if it's not already too late - to work hard to hold onto our own top players? All of which makes me hope that our own management team have also not merely identified targets but actually lined them up (potentially tied them up?) like Jim Gannon. As a previous poster has suggested, signings or at least verbal agreements are better completed in May than in July. It's been a highly competitive league this season and all the signs point to it being even more so next time round.
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Re: Next season starting to take shape........

Postby Dec53 » Mon Apr 18, 2016 7:32 am

mike: well said
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Re: Next season starting to take shape........

Postby Tempie » Mon Apr 18, 2016 11:43 am

It can be difficult because without the money to throw around it's hard to pin players down, they'll wait and see if they get a better deal elsewhere. We had ventre playing pre season last year but he then went to Warrington presumably for a contract and dosh. There is no way bond would have joined us in May he came in August because he'd not had a better offer. I think the key is to identify the positions that need strengthening and wait for the right personnel. Sheridan and charnock can early last year and they haven't exactly been a success.
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Re: Next season starting to take shape........

Postby Charlie Magpie » Thu Apr 21, 2016 10:32 pm

Congratulations to Darlington 1883 on winning the EVO-STIK Northern Premier League's Premier Division title with a game to spare!

Manager Martin Gray guided the Quakers to the title and successive promotions to National League North next season with a thumping 7-1 win over Whitby Town at the Turnbull Ground on Thursday night in front of 1804 jubilant fans.

Darlington will provide us with quite a trek up to the north-east, but considerably further for the likes of Gloucester, Worcester and Lowestoft! They are probably hoping that Blyth Spartans don't also join us in National League North next season via the play-offs.
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