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2004/05
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Leading League goalscorer:
Guiliano Grazioli 
(Barnet)
 29  goals

Just to prove that dreams do come true Exeter City, not long out of the Football League and with financial problems, draw Manchester United away in the FA Cup. And in front of over 67.000 fans at Old Trafford they held out for a 0-0 draw before eventually suffering defeat 0-2 in the replay (results).

Despite receiving a ten point penalty for entering administration Northwich Victoria managed to finish above the relegation zone only to suffer a second problem with the rule-book. After entering administration and renaming the club Northwich Victoria 2005 they did not meet FA deadlines for transferring the Conference membership to the 'new' club. As a result they were voluntarily demoted to the Conference North (the alternative would have had forced expulsion, possibly to a lower league still). Forest Green Rovers were reprieved from relegation as a result.

Relegated in the more traditional way were Farnborough Town (to the Conference South) and Leigh RMI (to the Conference North).

Replacing the relegated sides in the Conference for 2005/06 were Conference North champions Southport, Conference South champions Grays Athletic and Altrincham who beat Eastbourne Borough in the North/South play-off decider.

  1 Barnet 42 26 8 8 90 44 86 Promoted
    2 Hereford United 42 21 11 10 68 41 74 Play Off
    3 Carlisle United 42 20 13 9 74 37 73 Promoted
    4 Aldershot Town 42 21 10 11 68 52 73 Play Off
    5 Stevenage Borough 42 22 6 14 65 52 72 Play Off
    6 Exeter City 42 20 11 11 71 50 71
    7 Morecambe 42 19 14 9 69 50 71
    8 Woking 42 18 14 10 58 45 68
    9 Halifax Town 42 19 9 14 74 56 66
    10 Accrington Stanley 42 18 11 13 72 58 65
    11 Dagenham & Redbridge 42 19 8 15 68 60 65
    12 Crawley Town 42 16 9 17 50 50 57

    13 Scarborough 42 14 14 14 60 46 56
    14 Gravesend & Northfleet 42 13 11 18 58 64 50
    15 Tamworth 42 14 11 17 53 63 50 *
    16 Burton Albion 42 13 11 18 50 66 50
    17 York City 42 11 10 21 39 66 43
    18 Canvey Island 42 9 15 18 53 65 42
    19 Northwich Victoria 42 14 10 18 58 72 42 ** Relegated
    20 Forest Green Rovers 42 6 15 21 41 81 33
    21 Farnborough Town 42 6 11 25 35 89 29 Relegated
    22 Leigh RMI 42 4 6 32 31 98 18 Relegated
   
   

Promoted Champions Barnet were promoted automatically to the Football League, Promoted Carlisle United regained their Football League place through the Conference play-offs. Cambridge United and Kidderminster Harriers were relegated to the Conference from the Football League.

* Tamworth had three points deducted for fielding an ineligible player.
** Northwich Victoria had ten points deducted after going into administration.   

   
   
Play Off Semi Finals Play Off
1st Leg
Mon May 2 Aldershot Town 1 - 0 Carlisle United
Mon May 2 Stevenage Borough 1 - 1 Hereford United
2nd Leg
Fri May 6 Carlisle United 2 - 1 Aldershot Town
Fri May 6 Hereford United 0 - 1 Stevenage Borough
Aggregate scores
Carlisle United 2 - 2 Aldershot Town
   (Carlisle United won 5-4 on penalties)
Stevenage Borough 2 - 1 Hereford United
Play Off Final (at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke)
Sat May 14 Carlisle United 1 - 0 Stevenage Borough
Carlisle United were promoted to the Football League