Step 7 Promotion Candidates (with possible Step 6 newbies) for 2017/18

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Bedfordshire County League: Cranfield United



Cambridgeshire County League: Chatteris Town



Cheshire Football League: Sandbach United



Central Midlands League (North): Appleby Frodingham, Clay Cross Town, Newark Town



Central Midlands League (South): Eastwood Community, Hucknall Town, Sherwood Colliery, South Normanton



Dorset Premier League: Swanage Town & Herston



Essex & Suffolk Border: Harwich & Parkeston



Gloucester County League: Bristol Telephones FC, Stonehouse Town, Thornbury Town



Hampshire Premier League: Liss Athletic, Locks Heath



Herefordshire Premier League: Bartestree FC



Hertfordshire Senior League: London Lions



Humber Premier League: Pocklington Town



Leicestershire Senior League: Bardon Hill, Friar Lane & Epworth, Saffron Dynamo



Liverpool County Premier League: NONE



Manchester Football League: Wythenshawe Amateurs



Middlesex County League: Tooting & Mitcham Wanderers, Westside FC



Northern Alliance League: Birtley Town



North Berks. Football League: Abingdon Town, Kintbury Rangers, Wallingford Town



Northants. Combination League: Roade FC, Weldon United (at Corby Town FC)



Nottinghamshire Senior League: Bilborough Town, Clifton All Whites



Oxfordshire Senior League: Kidlington OB (would groundshare with Kidlington FC), Horspath (possible merger with Headington Amateurs to become Headington & Horspath), Oxford University Press FC (would groundshare with Abingdon Town)



Peterborough & District League: Netherton United, Pinchbeck United



Sheffield & Hallamshire Couny Senior League: Swallowsnest FC



Somerset County League: Fry Club FC, Middlezoy Rovers, Staplegrove FC



Staffordshire County League: Abbey Hulton United, Ball Haye Green, Wolstanton United



Suffolk & Ipswich Football League: NONE



Surrey Elite Intermediate League: Godalming & Farncombe FC (would groundshare with Godalming Town), Horsley FC, Laleham FC, Tooting Bec FC



Thames Valley Premier League: Newbury FC



Wearside League: Peterlee Town, Prudhoe Town, Richmond Town, Redcar Athletic, Stokesley SC



West Lancashire Premier League: Blackpool Wren Rovers, Whitehaven FC



West Riding County Amateur League: NONE



Wiltshire Football League: NONE



York Football League: NONE

NB: Promotion to Step 6 for a number of these clubs will depend upon floodlight installation or increase in ground capacity/hard-standing areas etc.

Rumoured Teams Interested In Joining Step 6 Leagues (currently unaffiliated or below Step 7):

Carterton FC (Hellenic League 1st Division)

Cheltenham Wanderers (Hellenic League 1st Division – at Bishops Cleeve FC)

Chipping Norton Town (Hellenic League 1st Division)

Corringhan FC (Essex Olympian – at East Thurrock United FC)

Cranleigh FC (Combined Counties 1st Division)

Crayford FC (SCEFL 1st Division – at VCD Athletic FC)

Elmore FC (Western League 1st Division)

Forest Of Dean FC (Hellenic League 1st Division – at Cinderford Town FC)

Frampton & Winterbourne FC (Hellenic League 1st Division – at Yate Town FC)

Harrow Hill (Hellenic League 1st Division)

Hastings Town (Macron Southern Combination Division 1 – at Hastings United FC)

Hungerford Swifts (Hellenic League 1st Division – at Hungerford Town FC)

Leatherhead Town (Combined Counties 1st Division – at River Way, Leatherhead) POSSIBLY A NEW NAME FOR LEATHERHEAD FC U21S

Lyne FC (Combined Counties 1st Division – at Chertsey Town FC)

Maldon United (Essex Olympian – at Maldon & Tiptree)

Mangotsfield Sports (Western League 1st Division)

Newent Town (Hellenic League 1st Division)

Old Vaughanians FC (Combined Counties 1st Division – at Cardinal Vaughan Ground, Twickenham)

Rush Green FC (Essex Olympian – ground-sharing with Romford FC at Rush Green Stadium)

Purfleet Town (Essex Olympian – at Thurrock FC)

Sidlesham (Macron Southern Combination Division 1 – will be moved up regardless of league finish)

Southminster FC (Essex Olympian – at Burnham Ramblers FC)

South Ockendon FC (Essex Olympian – at Aveley FC)

Stony Stratford Town (Spartan South Midlands 1st Division)

Thatcham Sports (Hellenic League 1st Division – will apply only if Thatcham Town promoted to Step 4)

Uffingdon United (Hellenic League 1st Division)

Upminster (Essex Olympian – at AFC Hornchurch)
 

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Welcome to the forum Adam. Interest on here below Step 4 is minimal but thanks for posting!
 

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Yeah a little too obscure even for me! Glad to see someone try and stat a topic on it though, maybe more will join for this kind of thing (and step 3-6 too).

I do know Weldon have been trying for a few years to get promoted, but the ground has been what has limited them. I think they must have a backer if they are planning to play at Corby! I don't believe they do so already so I think this might contravene the FA rules that state that you can't enter in to a ground share in order to be promoted.
 

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Sandbach United are already playing at Step 6 (and doing okay).
 

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If I recall our club history book right Stonehouse Town were the first side in the district to go professional (bit of a works team for one of the local factories IIRC) and on the face of it they had more potential than FGR but didn't pan out that way.
 

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If I recall our club history book right Stonehouse Town were the first side in the district to go professional (bit of a works team for one of the local factories IIRC) and on the face of it they had more potential than FGR but didn't pan out that way.
I bet Dale is really kicking himself now.
 

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I think you're looking for the tinpot thread.
 

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I remember us losing to Sidlesham in the FA Cup a few years back. Suppose it's a reminder of how far we've come and how quickly, so shouldn't be too harsh on Dawes and the gang.
 

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What the fuck is this?

This is the non league forum, not the Sunday league pub team forum.
 

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AFC Woking will be in this thread soon.
 

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I look at those leagues and think it's not that long ago that clubs like Forest Green Rovers, Eastleigh and AFC Fylde were playing at that level. There is a lot to be said for restoring the natural order of the football pyramid!
 

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I look at those leagues and think it's not that long ago that clubs like Forest Green Rovers, Eastleigh and AFC Fylde were playing at that level. There is a lot to be said for restoring the natural order of the football pyramid!
.... and Fleetwood
 

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I do know Weldon have been trying for a few years to get promoted, but the ground has been what has limited them. I think they must have a backer if they are planning to play at Corby! I don't believe they do so already so I think this might contravene the FA rules that state that you can't enter in to a ground share in order to be promoted.
As far as I am aware Weldon will be playing at Rockingham Triangle going forward (Corby Town's previous ground before Steel Park) as their ground in the village will have 27 houses built on it shortly. Strangely they don't even have a senior team playing anywhere this season.
 

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I look at those leagues and think it's not that long ago that clubs like Forest Green Rovers, Eastleigh and AFC Fylde were playing at that level. There is a lot to be said for restoring the natural order of the football pyramid!
We haven't played in the Glos County for more then 50 years, and when we did it wasn't anything like the shit level it is now. Cheltenham were in it too for a bit.
 

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There is a lot to be said for restoring the natural order of the football pyramid
Restoration of the Natural Order™ is something I've long been an advocate of. Small steps have been made in recent seasons, the promotions of Luton, Bristol Rovers and Grimsby were all positively received. However, relegations of Tranmere and York were considered low points in recent Annual Reviews.
 

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Not quite sure if this info is accurate. Can well believe Redcar town and stocksley in Wearside league. Stocksley ground will be up to standard and Redcar have been applying for a few seasons. Richmond, didn't they have ground issues, birtley again ex northern league so ground probs ok. But Peterlee newtown folded 3 year ago. If they have reformed they ain't in Wearside league
 

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Are these the made up teams from Steve Bruce's detective novels?
 

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Bedfordshire County League: Cranfield United



Cambridgeshire County League: Chatteris Town



Cheshire Football League: Sandbach United



Central Midlands League (North): Appleby Frodingham, Clay Cross Town, Newark Town



Central Midlands League (South): Eastwood Community, Hucknall Town, Sherwood Colliery, South Normanton



Dorset Premier League: Swanage Town & Herston



Essex & Suffolk Border: Harwich & Parkeston



Gloucester County League: Bristol Telephones FC, Stonehouse Town, Thornbury Town



Hampshire Premier League: Liss Athletic, Locks Heath



Herefordshire Premier League: Bartestree FC



Hertfordshire Senior League: London Lions



Humber Premier League: Pocklington Town



Leicestershire Senior League: Bardon Hill, Friar Lane & Epworth, Saffron Dynamo



Liverpool County Premier League: NONE



Manchester Football League: Wythenshawe Amateurs



Middlesex County League: Tooting & Mitcham Wanderers, Westside FC



Northern Alliance League: Birtley Town



North Berks. Football League: Abingdon Town, Kintbury Rangers, Wallingford Town



Northants. Combination League: Roade FC, Weldon United (at Corby Town FC)



Nottinghamshire Senior League: Bilborough Town, Clifton All Whites



Oxfordshire Senior League: Kidlington OB (would groundshare with Kidlington FC), Horspath (possible merger with Headington Amateurs to become Headington & Horspath), Oxford University Press FC (would groundshare with Abingdon Town)



Peterborough & District League: Netherton United, Pinchbeck United



Sheffield & Hallamshire Couny Senior League: Swallowsnest FC



Somerset County League: Fry Club FC, Middlezoy Rovers, Staplegrove FC



Staffordshire County League: Abbey Hulton United, Ball Haye Green, Wolstanton United



Suffolk & Ipswich Football League: NONE



Surrey Elite Intermediate League: Godalming & Farncombe FC (would groundshare with Godalming Town), Horsley FC, Laleham FC, Tooting Bec FC



Thames Valley Premier League: Newbury FC



Wearside League: Peterlee Town, Prudhoe Town, Richmond Town, Redcar Athletic, Stokesley SC



West Lancashire Premier League: Blackpool Wren Rovers, Whitehaven FC



West Riding County Amateur League: NONE



Wiltshire Football League: NONE



York Football League: NONE

NB: Promotion to Step 6 for a number of these clubs will depend upon floodlight installation or increase in ground capacity/hard-standing areas etc.

Rumoured Teams Interested In Joining Step 6 Leagues (currently unaffiliated or below Step 7):

Carterton FC (Hellenic League 1st Division)

Cheltenham Wanderers (Hellenic League 1st Division – at Bishops Cleeve FC)

Chipping Norton Town (Hellenic League 1st Division)

Corringhan FC (Essex Olympian – at East Thurrock United FC)

Cranleigh FC (Combined Counties 1st Division)

Crayford FC (SCEFL 1st Division – at VCD Athletic FC)

Elmore FC (Western League 1st Division)

Forest Of Dean FC (Hellenic League 1st Division – at Cinderford Town FC)

Frampton & Winterbourne FC (Hellenic League 1st Division – at Yate Town FC)

Harrow Hill (Hellenic League 1st Division)

Hastings Town (Macron Southern Combination Division 1 – at Hastings United FC)

Hungerford Swifts (Hellenic League 1st Division – at Hungerford Town FC)

Leatherhead Town (Combined Counties 1st Division – at River Way, Leatherhead) POSSIBLY A NEW NAME FOR LEATHERHEAD FC U21S

Lyne FC (Combined Counties 1st Division – at Chertsey Town FC)

Maldon United (Essex Olympian – at Maldon & Tiptree)

Mangotsfield Sports (Western League 1st Division)

Newent Town (Hellenic League 1st Division)

Old Vaughanians FC (Combined Counties 1st Division – at Cardinal Vaughan Ground, Twickenham)

Rush Green FC (Essex Olympian – ground-sharing with Romford FC at Rush Green Stadium)

Purfleet Town (Essex Olympian – at Thurrock FC)

Sidlesham (Macron Southern Combination Division 1 – will be moved up regardless of league finish)

Southminster FC (Essex Olympian – at Burnham Ramblers FC)

South Ockendon FC (Essex Olympian – at Aveley FC)

Stony Stratford Town (Spartan South Midlands 1st Division)

Thatcham Sports (Hellenic League 1st Division – will apply only if Thatcham Town promoted to Step 4)

Uffingdon United (Hellenic League 1st Division)

Upminster (Essex Olympian – at AFC Hornchurch)
Is there an online source for this? Only reason I ask is that I thought Westside FC* played in the Surrey Elite League. I know they were aiming to step up, but that was a couple of years ago.

* If it's the Westside I'm thinking of - run by a church in Wandsworth that I and my parents used to be members of many moons ago.
 

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Assuming it all to be true (an elaborate one to get wrong I guess), it'd be nice to see Eastwood and Hucknall coming back up, given their plights. Both sides were in decay when we were meeting them in the league, but a decade ago Hucknall had their cup run and Eastwood could've even been a Conference team before it all fell apart (and their ground is much better than North Furby's at that level now, ironically).

Would like Whitehaven to return.

Even though it's deepest darkest Toryville up there, the incredibly slight prospect of drawing Richmond away in the FA Cup would kick ass too:

 

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Assuming it all to be true (an elaborate one to get wrong I guess), it'd be nice to see Eastwood and Hucknall coming back up, given their plights. Both sides were in decay when we were meeting them in the league, but a decade ago Hucknall had their cup run and Eastwood could've even been a Conference team before it all fell apart (and their ground is much better than North Furby's at that level now, ironically).

Would like Whitehaven to return.

Even though it's deepest darkest Toryville up there, the incredibly slight prospect of drawing Richmond away in the FA Cup would kick ass too:

Definitely an impressive ground to visit, but I seriously doubt from that photo that they can enter step 6 unless work has been put in, let alone the FA Cup. Generally to enter the FA Cup as a step 6 side you need to finish in the top ~6 (depending on number of applicants etc), and have a ground up to scratch, including having floodlights

Unfortunately can't see that ever being the case - planning authorities will have to consider the view they are creating if they were to put in floodlights there.
 

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I doubt Elmore will get the ground grading TBH but stranger things have happened
 

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Definitely an impressive ground to visit, but I seriously doubt from that photo that they can enter step 6 unless work has been put in, let alone the FA Cup. Generally to enter the FA Cup as a step 6 side you need to finish in the top ~6 (depending on number of applicants etc), and have a ground up to scratch, including having floodlights

Unfortunately can't see that ever being the case - planning authorities will have to consider the view they are creating if they were to put in floodlights there.
Man, I hate leaving my bubble when I'm told that non-league football grounds and large castle ruins don't complement each other in most people's eyes.

But yeah, if they found the funds to enclose the ground, build a 100-seater stand and floodlights, then buttered up the NIMBYs, I'd be interested.

And, of course, if they could persuade the young men of Richmondshire to dismount their horses just for 90 minutes every week to play upper-step 6 standard footie...
 

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A quick Google search for a Station Road in Collingham (where Newark play) brings up houses for sale rather than the football ground. Did manage to find a picture of the ground, albeit only one side of it. By the looks of things, Newark are going to need some serious investment in ground development if they want to progress up the leagues.

Always taken a slight interest in their fortunes since someone I know is from there.
 

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where does the Essex Senior League fit into the list?
 

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The Essex Senior League is Step 5. The Essex Olympian League on the other hand is Step 7, though I don't think many teams have much interest in progressing through the leagues.
. thanks mate. I take it then it feeds the Ryman league div 1 south then
 

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Assuming it all to be true (an elaborate one to get wrong I guess), it'd be nice to see Eastwood and Hucknall coming back up, given their plights. Both sides were in decay when we were meeting them in the league, but a decade ago Hucknall had their cup run and Eastwood could've even been a Conference team before it all fell apart (and their ground is much better than North Furby's at that level now, ironically).

Would like Whitehaven to return.

Even though it's deepest darkest Toryville up there, the incredibly slight prospect of drawing Richmond away in the FA Cup would kick ass too:

Richmond is a very hoytey toytey posh town and the nimbys would kick off a stink if a enclosed ground was built at earls orchard but for the groundhoppers and neutrals it would be a lovely day out with pleasant surroundings i believe a ground in scotland has similiar surroundings. Mind they could do what a chip board factory have done in hexham in the rural tyne valley and paint everything green to make it blend in. They sure have applied promotion so something must be in pipeline and richmond is big enough for a step 6 side
 

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Richmond is a very hoytey toytey posh town and the nimbys would kick off a stink if a enclosed ground was built at earls orchard but for the groundhoppers and neutrals it would be a lovely day out with pleasant surroundings i believe a ground in scotland has similiar surroundings. Mind they could do what a chip board factory have done in hexham in the rural tyne valley and paint everything green to make it blend in. They sure have applied promotion so something must be in pipeline and richmond is big enough for a step 6 side
Yeah, it feels that way. It was incredible to try out a pub outside Darlington on Boxing Day for our trip there: just inside Yorkshire, so the district of Richmondshire. Around those parts, it turns out there's another "sport" they enjoy on that time of year... I thought I lived in a pretty sheltered area on the opposite corner of Yorkshire, but that pub was full of Boris Johnsons! Hopefully having a team in the contiguous non-league pyramid would bring some proletarian elegance into their lives.
 

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. thanks mate. I take it then it feeds the Ryman league div 1 south then
It's a bit of a misnomer to think of any step 5 division feeding any step 4 division really, though there are some where that is always practically the case - especially in your neck of the woods or up north.

I think it's something the FA were trying to change a few years back with their plans to make it 12 step 5 divisions (from the current 14), which also helps simplify the whole relegation/promotion issue there, but all the leagues and clubs seemed opposed to it (at step 5 anyway).

As a side point it's always worth remembering it's technically the Isthmian league, and Ryman are just the title sponsor - especially since they are pulling out for next season.
 

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