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Just like the English Football League, the Vanarama National League is organised on a nationwide basis. Formerly the Football Conference, in 2015 the competition was rebranded as the National League.
First formed in 1979 as the Alliance Premier League, the league drew its clubs from the Northern Premier League and the Southern League. As the league grew in strength, it vastly improved both the quality of football outside the English Football League and the financial wellbeing of its football clubs.
These improvements were recognised in 1986/87, when the Football League began accepting direct promotion and relegation between the Conference and the bottom division of the Football League – known at the time as the Fourth Division, but now recognised as EFL League Two. The first team to gain promotion to the Football League was Scarborough, while the first team to be relegated to the then Conference was Lincoln City.
The Football Conference had a single division for the first 25 years of its existence, but since the 2004-05 season has consisted of three divisions. The original division was renamed Conference National, with two lower divisions added, named Conference North and Conference South.
As an official betting partner of the Vanarama National League, LV BET offers plenty of Vanarama National League betting options for the upcoming season 2019/20. Throughout the season you can bet on individual fixtures, as well as outright betting options for the league winners.
Prior to entering pre-season, recently relegated Notts County start as favourites to be crowned champions. Close behind them are the other side entering the National League from the Football League, Chesterfield. Losing play-off finalists AFC Fylde are also fancied for a run at the title and automatic promotion. At the bottom of the table, the teams recently promoted by the play-offs, Woking and Chorley, will be favoured to be relegated. As are Maidenhead and Boreham Wood, each of home finished just outside the relegation spots.
The Vanarama North & South Promotion Finals take place on Saturday 9th May 2020, while the showpiece Vanarama Promotion Final will be held at Wembley on Sunday 10th May 2020.
Throughout the course of the 2018/19 Vanarama National League season, there were a number of huge games, with bags of goals and important results. It may be a surprising suggestion but the most important of all the National League results was a goalless draw. Finishing 0-0, the game at Brisbane Road between Leyton Orient and Braintree Town was of the utmost importance, cementing The O's as National League Champions and guaranteeing promotion. The point secured from the draw meant that 2 nd placed Solihull Motors would be unable to overtake Orient, no matter the result. The most common Vanarama National League result was 1-1, with no fewer than 62 matches finishing with that score line. AFC Fylde recorded the biggest margin of victory, defeating Maidenhead Utd 6-0 at York Road. The highest number of goals in a game was eight, with two fixtures witnessing such a bumper haul. AFC Fylde scored six goals again, defeating Havant and Waterlooville 6-2, while Dagenham & Redbridge were involved in a thrilling 4-4 draw against Boreham Wood.