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1984–85 Alliance Premier League

1984–85 Alliance Premier League

The Alliance Premier League season of 1984–85 (known as the Gola League 1984–85 for sponsorship reasons) was the sixth season of the Alliance Premier League. This was the first year where the Isthmian League acted as an APL feeder league.

Alliance Premier League
ChampionsWealdstone (1st Alliance Premier League title)
Promoted to the Football LeagueNone
Runners-upNuneaton Borough
Relegated to
Level 6
Worcester City,
Yeovil Town
Promoted for the next seasonCheltenham Town,
Stafford Rangers,
Wycombe Wanderers
Matches played462
Goals scored1,343 (2.91 per match)
Top goalscorerPaul Culpin (Nuneaton Borough), 36
Biggest home winBarnet – Wealdstone 7–0
Biggest away winBath City – Kettering Town 1–6;
Gateshead – Enfield 0–6
Highest scoringAltrincham – Boston United 7–2;
Weymouth – Gateshead 5–4
Longest winning run?
Longest unbeaten run?
Longest losing run?
Highest attendance?
Lowest attendance?
Average attendance?
← 1983–84
1985–86 →

New teams in the league this season

  • Barrow (promoted 1983–84)

  • Dartford (promoted 1983–84)

Final table

PosTeamPldHWHDHLHGFHGAAWADALAGFAGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1Wealdstone[1]42885312612273328+1062Football Conference Champions, no promotion
2Nuneaton Borough42138055236693030+3258
4Bath City42151530226872227+357
8Kidderminster Harriers4284940389483939+251
9Northwich Victoria4294822197772827+450
10Telford United42107436245792330+549
11Frickley Athletic421236382564112746−649
12Kettering Town4296637226693137+948
13Maidstone United421074382456102027+748
14Runcorn4269627217682126+148Conference League Cup winners
17Boston United421056433255112637045
20Worcester City427410293655112648−2938Relegated to the Southern League
21Gateshead425610274246112440−3133[3]Relegated to the Northern Premier League
22Yeovil Town424710263624151851−4325Relegated to the Isthmian League


Bath City1–02–11–22–12–01–01–03–01–11–60–21–00–31–00–12–12–13–12–13–11–0
Boston United0–02–11–31–24–12–03–22–11–13–12–31–03–42–32–03–31–31–12–24–13–0
Frickley Athletic2–13–12–22–02–10–22–41–01–03–03–01–34–01–11–12–31–20–22–02–13–1
Kettering Town1–24–00–01–22–10–10–24–35–01–12–22–02–21–13–00–14–20–11–11–03–0
Kidderminster Harriers0–21–40–12–22–05–11–11–32–43–02–22–13–13–40–13–20–20–33–34–13–0
Maidstone United3–01–02–02–02–20–12–12–21–11–03–01–41–02–25–12–20–00–11–44–03–3
Northwich Victoria1–22–01–03–11–00–10–11–13–02–01–20–20–01–00–11–11–00–20–32–22–0
Nuneaton Borough4–11–15–20–04–22–25–12–20–03–01–11–13–22–22–15–22–11–04–23–05–0
Telford United0–21–03–13–11–11–11–22–05–31–11–13–20–00–12–13–11–24–20–01–13–1
Worcester City1–11–23–21–22–11–32–51–02–14–11–21–21–10–11–42–04–10–00–41–10–2
Yeovil Town1–22–11–23–22–42–12–20–01–20–41–10–03–00–11–21–32–23–30–20–01–2

Top scorers

RankPlayerClubLeagueFA CupFA TrophyLeague CupTotal[4]
1Paul CulpinNuneaton Borough36
2Gary HooleyFrickley Athletic29
3Frank MurphyNuneaton21
=John PowellKidderminster Harriers21
5Paul BennettAltrincham20
6Paul DaviesKidderminster Harriers19
=Dave FlintEnfield19
=Bob LeeBoston United19
=Steve MahoneyKidderminster Harriers19
10Ian DonaldsonGateshead17
=Paul MossWorcester City17
12Mike DohertyWeymouth16
=Bill JefferyKettering Town16
=Gerry PearsonKidderminster Harriers16
15Mark GravesWealdstone15
16Marshall BurkeScarborough13
=Colin CowperthwaiteBarrow13
=Nicky EvansBarnet13
=Paul ReidNorthwich Victoria13
=Mark SmithKettering Town13
=Les WhittonDagenham13
22Carl RichardsEnfield12
23Mark CarterRuncorn11

Promotion and relegation

  • Cheltenham Town (from the Southern Premier League)

  • Stafford Rangers (from the Northern Premier League)

  • Wycombe Wanderers (from the Isthmian League)


  • Gateshead (to the Northern Premier League)

  • Worcester City (to the Southern Premier League)

  • Yeovil Town (to the Isthmian League)

Election to the Football League

This year Wealdstone, the winners of the Alliance Premier League, could not apply for election because they did not meet Football League requirements. 2nd placed Nuneaton could not apply either for the same reasons, and neither could 3rd placed Dartford, so 4th placed Bath City won the right to apply for election to the Football League to replace one of the four bottom sides in the 1984–85 Football League Fourth Division. The vote went as follows:

ClubFinal PositionVotes
Northampton Town23rd (Fourth Division)52
Stockport County22nd (Fourth Division)50
Torquay United24th (Fourth Division)50
Halifax Town21st (Fourth Division)48
Bath City4th (Alliance Premier League)8

As a result of this, Bath City did not gain membership of the Football League.


Citation Linkopenlibrary.orgFA Trophy winners
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Citation Linkopenlibrary.orgNew club in the Conference
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Citation Linkopenlibrary.orgGateshead had 1 point deducted.
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Citation Linkopenlibrary.orgPeter Dunk (ed.), Rothmans Football Yearbook 1985–86. Queen Anne Press, Macdonald & Co., London & Sydney, 1985.
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Citation Linkwww.the-english-football-archive.com1984–85 Conference National Results
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Citation Linkweb.archive.orgRe-election Results
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Citation Linkwww.the-english-football-archive.com1984–85 Conference National Results
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Citation Linkweb.archive.orgRe-election Results
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