The oldest professional Welsh football club, the Robins have enjoyed 136 years of football in their time. They play at the impressive Racecourse Ground, a 15,000 capacity stadium (although their average attendance for ’07-’08 was little over 4,000. Ex-Diamonds Barry Hunter and Paul Hall all enjoyed spells at the club.
Mansfield Town FC
77 years of Football League football came to an end this season, as the Stags were relegated to the Confrence after finishing second from bottom. Field Mill, which holds up to 10,000 spectators, is said to be home to the most pessimistic fans in the country.
Kettering Town FC
Kettering are known for not much other than being the first team to put writing on the front of their shirt. In recent years the clubs progress has been laughable: an imfamous spell with Paul Gascoigne as manager was followed by an unsuccesful play-off big for promotion. The now full-time Poppies finaly pulled themselves together last season, winning a league made up of part-timers. A round of applause, please…
Four promotions since 1999 has seen the Rooks rise to the Conference national: an amazing rise. They enjoyed average crowds of 820, but did attract 2300 fans to the Dripping Pan for the visit of fellow promotion-chases Eastbourne Borough.
EASTBOURNE BOROUGH FC
The club won promotion to the BSP after beating Hampton and Richmond Borough in the BSS play-off final. The club had finished 2nd in the league, 9 points behind the league winners Lewes. Their ground, “Priory Lane” can hold over 5,500 fans, but their average attendance last term was little under 1000.
After with flirting with relegation last term, Barrow join the BSP next season after winning the BSN play-offs. After dismissing AFC Telford in the semis, “The Bluebirds” beat Stalybridge Celtic 1-0. Barrow wee founder members of the Conference in 1979, and were also founder members of the BSN in 2004.