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Nelson's Column

How Our Predecessors Fared
by Nelson on 05/04/2007

With the Daggers on the brink of being the twenty-second Conference team to gain promotion to the Football League. Nelson takes a look at the twenty-one teams that have gone before and how they fared after promotion.

How Our Predecessors Fared

With the Daggers on the brink of being the twenty-second Conference team to gain promotion to the Football League, DiggerDagger.com takes a look at the twenty-one teams that have gone before and how they fared after promotion. As we will see, the fortunes have been mixed to say the least:

1986/87 - Scarborough
After beating Barnet to the GM Vauxhall Conference title with a 6 point winning margin, Scarborough were promoted to the Football League Division 4.

They finished their first season in the League in a respectable 12th place and, the following season made the Division 4 Play-Offs, mixed fortunes in the following eight seasons saw them flirt with relegation in some seasons and maintain a respectable mid-table position in others.

The 1997/98 season saw another Play-Off appearance, but the following season saw a last minute goal from Carlisle United's on-loan goalkeeper, Jimmy Glass consign Scarborough to their first ever relegation.

Despite finishing in a respectable 4th place in their first season back in the Conference, Scarborough's next few seasons were unremarkable and they were relegated to the Conference North at the end of the 2005/06 season.

This season has been another poor one for The Seadogs and they look likely to be relegated once again.


Daggers v Scarborough 2003

Seasons in league : 12
Subsequent promotions : 0
Subsequent relegations : 2 (likely to soon be 3)
Highest finish since promotion : 5th in Football League Division 4 (1988/89)
Lowest finish since promotion : Current Season (2006/07)
Where they are now : Conference North

1987/88 - Lincoln City
In 1987/88, Lincoln became the first team to bounce straight back into the Football League from the Conference having been relegated the season before.

Since their single season in the Conference, Lincoln have survived well in the Football League and, apart from the 2000/01 and 2001/02 seasons, have not really threatened to be involved in a relegation battle.

In 1997/98, The Imps won promotion to Division 2 (Now League 1), but only lasted one season in the higher league.

Despite this, they have also made the League 2 Play-Offs in each of the last four seasons and look like doing so again this term.

Seasons in league : 19
Subsequent promotions : 1
Subsequent relegations : 1
Highest finish since promotion : 23rd in Football League Division 2 (1998/99)
Lowest finish since promotion : 22nd in Football League Division 3 (2001/02)
Where they are now : League 2

1988/89 - Maidstone United
In 1988/89, Maidstone United won the GM Vauxhall Conference for the second time, having been denied promotion in 1983/84 under the old re-election rules.

Despite making the Division 4 Play-Offs in their first season, financial problems beset the Kent side and in 1992/93, they folded.

In recent years, Maidstone Invicta, the club that rose from the ashes of the defunct club have taken on the Maidstone United name and are steadily climbing their way back up the pyramid. This season, they look like securing promotion from the Ryman League Division One South.

Seasons in league : 3
Subsequent promotions : 0
Subsequent relegations : 0
Highest finish since promotion : 5th in Football League Division 4 (1989/90)
Lowest finish since promotion : 19th in Football League Division 4 (1990/91)
Where they are now : Folded - New club in Ryman League Division One South

1989/90 - Darlington
In 1989/90, Darlington became the scond club to win am immediate return to the Football League after relegation to the Conference.

Their single season in non-league seemed to do the Quakers good as they were crowned Champions of Division 4 the following season, although they only managed one season in Division 3.

Since then, Darlington have established themselves as a constant League 2 team, making the Play-Offs twice.

Seasons in league : 17
Subsequent promotions : 1
Subsequent relegations : 1
Highest finish since promotion : 24th in Football League Division 3 (1991/92)
Lowest finish since promotion : 20th in Football League Division 3 (2000/01)
Where they are now : League 2

1990/91 & 2004/05 - Barnet
Barnet have the distinction of being the only club so far to have been promoted twice from the Conference.

Their inintial promotion in 1990/91 saw them make the Football League Play-Offs and, the following year, the Underhill side managed to secure automatic promotion to Division 2.

However, financial problems surrounding then Chairman, Stan Flashman, led to most of the squad having their contracts nullified and the Bees were relegated back to Division 3.

Subsequent seasons saw the Hertfordshire side make the Play-Offs twice before they were relegated back to the Conference at the end of the 2000/01 season.

After making the Conference Play-Offs in 2003/04, the Bees romped to the Conference title the following season.

Their first season back in the League saw them finish in 18th place, with a similar looking finish on the cards this season.


Daggers v Barnet 2003

Seasons in league : 10 / 2
Subsequent promotions : 1
Subsequent relegations : 2
Highest finish since promotion : 24th in Football League Division 2 (1993/94) / 18th in League 2 (2005/06)
Lowest finish since promotion : 11th in Conference (2002/03)
Where they are now : League 2

1991/92 - Colchester United
After losing out to Barnet in 1990/91, Colchester United ensured their stay in the Conference would only be two seasons when they pipped Wycombe Wanderers to the title the following season on goal difference, winning the FA Trophy in the same year to complete a non-league "double".

The Us soon re-established themselves as a Football League side, making the Play-Offs in 1995/96 and again in 1997/98, this time winning promotion to Division 2.

In 2005/06, they were runners-up in League 1 and won promotion to the Football League Championship.

This season, they look on course to secure a mid-table slot.

Seasons in league : 15
Subsequent promotions : 2
Subsequent relegations : 0
Highest finish since promotion : Current Season (2006/07)
Lowest finish since promotion : 17th in Football League Division 3 (1993/94)
Where they are now : Championship

1992/93 - Wycombe Wanderers
After being pipped to the title on goal difference by Colchester United in 1991/92, Wycombe repeated the U's feat of the season before, winning the non-league double and promotion to the Football League in 1992/93.

Their impact on the Football League was immediate, with the Bucks side winning the Football League Division 3 play-off at the first attempt.

The 2003/04 season, however, saw Wanderers finish bottom of Division 2 and relegated to League 2 following the restructure of the Football League. Last season saw them miss-out on promotion, despite making the Play-Offs and this season, they look well in contention to make the Play-Offs once again.

It is in the cups, however, that Wycombe have really shone, losing to Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final in 2000/01 and to Chelsea in the Carling Cup semi-final in 2006/07, having held the Premiership champions to a draw at Adams Park in the first leg.

Seasons in league : 14
Subsequent promotions : 1
Subsequent relegations : 1
Highest finish since promotion : 6th in Football League Division 2 (1994/95)
Lowest finish since promotion : 10th in League 2 (2004/05)
Where they are now : League 2

1996/97 - Macclesfield Town
Having been denied promotion to the Football League in 1994/95 due to their Moss Rose ground not meeting the Football League requirements by the deadline, the Silkmen were promoted two seasons later when they beat Kidderminster Harriers to the Conference title.

Like Wycombe, their impact on the Football League was immediate with them finishing as Division 3 runners-up in their first season and sealing promotion to Division 2.

However, their time in Division 2 was to be brief with them ending the 1998/99 season rock-bottom of Division 2 and relegated back to Division 3 where they have stayed ever since.

Seasons in league : 10
Subsequent promotions : 1
Subsequent relegations : 1
Highest finish since promotion : 24th in Football League Division 2 (1998/99)
Lowest finish since promotion : 20th in Football League Division 3 (2003/04)
Where they are now : League 2

1997/98 - Halifax Town
After flirting with relegation from the Conference in 1996/97, The Shaymen won the Conference title in 1997/98 and promotion back into the Football League.

Their stay in the League was to be relatively short-lived, however, lasting only four seasons before suffering relegation back to the Conference at the end of the 2001/02 season.

In 2005/06, a 4th place finish in the Conference earned them a play-off berth, but they were unable to attain promotion again and, this season, look set to drop out of the Conference into Conference North.


Daggers v Halifax Town 2004 (c) Simmo

Seasons in league : 4
Subsequent promotions : 0
Subsequent relegations : 1 (likely to soon be 2)
Highest finish since promotion : 10th in Football League Division 3 (1998/99)
Lowest finish since promotion : 19th in Conference (2003/04 - This season looks worse)
Where they are now : Conference

1998/99 - Cheltenham Town
Having finished runners-up to Halifax in 1997/98, Cheltenham Town went one better the following year and secured promotion to the Football League.

In 2001/02, The Robins secured promotion to Division 2 through the Play-Offs, but they were relegated the following season.

Last season saw them secure promotion to League 1 through another Play-Off and they look like they are just about on course to remain in League one for next term.

Seasons in league : 8
Subsequent promotions : 2
Subsequent relegations : 1
Highest finish since promotion : 21st in Football League Division 2 (2002/03)
Lowest finish since promotion : 14th in League 2 (2004/05)
Where they are now : League 1

1999/00 - Kidderminster Harriers
After gaining promotion in 1999/00, Kidderminster spent five unremarkable seasons in the bottom rung of the Football League, rejoining the Conference for the 2005/06 season.

This season is again unremarkable with Harriers occupying a mid-table berth.

Seasons in league : 5
Subsequent promotions : 0
Subsequent relegations : 1
Highest finish since promotion : 10th in Football League Division 3 (2001/02)
Lowest finish since promotion : 15th in Conference (2005/06)
Where they are now : Conference

2000/01 - Rushden & Diamonds
There's not much that is left to be said about Max Griggs' bankrolling of Rushden & Diamonds and his subsequent exit. However, suffice to say that Rushden started their Football League career well.

In their first season, they missed out on promotion, losing in the Play-Off final.

The following season, they won Division 3 and were promoted to Division 2.

However, since then, things have not been so rosy. Money man Max Griggs has pulled-out from the Club and they have faced a series of poor seasons, being relegated from Division 2 to the newly renamed League 2 in 2003/04.

The following season saw them just avoid relegation back to the Conference, but they could not avoid the drop at the end of 2005/06 and have spent 2006/07 trying to re-establish themselves as a quality side.

Seasons in league : 5
Subsequent promotions : 1
Subsequent relegations : 2-
Highest finish since promotion : 22nd in Football League Division 2
Lowest finish since promotion : Current Season
Where they are now : Conference

2001/02 - Boston United
Following their highly controversial promotion to the Football League, Boston have had a turgid time in the Football League.

Four points deducted in their first season, manager banned from football, then returning and a seemingly never-ending stream of bad press and financial difficulties have dogged the Pilgrims since their promotion.

This season, it is looking increasingly likely that some form of justice will be done with the Daggers swapping places with the York Street side.

Seasons in league : 5
Subsequent promotions : 0
Subsequent relegations : 0 (1 hopefully to come)
Highest finish since promotion : 11th in Football League Division 3 / League 2 (2003/04 and 2005/06)
Lowest finish since promotion : Current Season
Where they are now : Staring relegation back to the Conference in the face

2002/03 - Yeovil Town
Following their promotion to the Football League at the end of the 2002/03 season, Yeovil Town have established themselves as a solid Football League team.

An eighth place finish in their first season, they won League 2 the following year to secure promotion to League 1 and consolidated this with a mid-table finish the next season.

This season, the Glovers look well on course to obtain a Play-Off berth.


Daggers v Yeovil 2003

Seasons in league : 4
Subsequent promotions : 1
Subsequent relegations : 0
Highest finish since promotion : Current Season (2006/07)
Lowest finish since promotion : 8th in Football League Division 3 (2003/04)
Where they are now : League 1

2002/03 - Doncaster Rovers
After relegation to the Conference at the end of the 1997/98 season, Doncaster took four seasons of rebuilding, improving their finishing league position each season until, in 2002/03, they finished 3rd and joined the Daggers in the inaugural Conference Play-Offs. Their golden goal was enough to see them promoted in place of the Daggers and, since then, they have gone from strength to strength.

Their first season back in the league saw them romp to the Division 2 title, gaining promotion to the newly renamed League 1.

They have finished in upper mid-table in both seasons since their promotion and look like doing so again this term.

They also won the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in 2006/07, the last major domestic English cup final to be contested in Cardiff following the completion of Wembley Stadium.


Daggers v Doncaster Play-Off Final 2003

Seasons in league : 4
Subsequent promotions : 1
Subsequent relegations : 0
Highest finish since promotion : 8th in League 1 (2005/06)
Lowest finish since promotion : 1st in Football League Division 3 (2003/04)
Where they are now : League 1

2003/04 - Chester City
After missing out on promotion through the Play-Offs in 2002/03, Chester went one better and won the Conference in 2003/04.

The Blues struggled in their first season back in the league but consolidated in mid table the following year and look like doing the same again this term.


Daggers v Chester City 2003

Seasons in league : 3
Subsequent promotions : 0
Subsequent relegations : 0
Highest finish since promotion : 15th in League 2 (2005/06)
Lowest finish since promotion : 20th in League 2 (2004/05)
Where they are now : League 2

2003/04 - Shrewsbury Town
Having won promotion back to the Football League via the Play-Offs, Shrewsbury also struggled in their first season back.

However, a top ten finish in their second season was a massive improvement and, this season, they are in with a chance of reaching the League 2 Play-Off.


Shrewsbury Town v Daggers 2003 (c) Simmo

Seasons in league : 2
Subsequent promotions : 0
Subsequent relegations : 0
Highest finish since promotion : Current Season (2006/07)
Lowest finish since promotion : 21st in League 2 (2004/05)
Where they are now :

2004/05 - Carlisle United
After winning promotion through the Play-Offs, Carlisle won League 2 the following season and, this season, have consolidated well in League 1 and even stand an outside chance of making the Play-Offs.


Carlisle United v Daggers 2004 (c) Simmo

Seasons in league : 2
Subsequent promotions : 1
Subsequent relegations : 0
Highest finish since promotion : Current Season (2006/07)
Lowest finish since promotion : 1st in League 2 (2005/06)
Where they are now : League 1

2005/06 - Accrington Stanley
Accrington have struggled to adjust to life in League 2 since their promotion. However, even though they are not safe from relegation, they look like they should avoid the drop.

 


Accrington Stanley v Daggers 2004 (c) Simmo

Seasons in league : 1
Subsequent promotions : 0
Subsequent relegations : 0
Highest finish since promotion : Current Season (2006/07)
Lowest finish since promotion : Current Season (2006/07)
Where they are now : League 2

2005/06 - Hereford United
The Bulls have fared better than Accrington, despite having to have won promotion through the Play-Offs and look safe to consolidate in mid-table this season.

 


Hereford United v Daggers 2005 (c) Simmo

Seasons in league : 1
Subsequent promotions : 0
Subsequent relegations : 0
Highest finish since promotion : Current Season (2006/07)
Lowest finish since promotion : Current Season (2006/07)
Where they are now : League 2


 

 

 

 

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