BLUE SQUARE CONFERENCE 
2009/10
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Leading League goalscorer:
Matt Tubbs
(Salisbury City)
 27  goals

After being denied a place in the Football League after finishing as Conference champions in 1995/96 because their ground wasn't up to standard, Stevenage Borough finally get that promotion with their second Conference title.  The club dropped 'Borough' for their debut in the Football League.

Chester City were expelled from the Blue Square League and their record was expunged.

Salisbury suffered a 10 point penalty after entering administration in September Worse still, by not leaving administration in the correct manner by the end of the season (by not paying off all their creditors) the club had to suffer a forced demotion. They dropped two tiers to the Southern (Zamarreto) League Premier Division. That demotion reprieved Forest Green Rovers from relegated to the Conference South.

At the Gateshead v Hayes & Yeading match on Saturday September 5th 2009 Gateshead's players refused to return to the pitch after a  40 minute delay following a broken leg suffered by one of their team-mates, Martin Brittain. The referee abandoned the match at 0-0 and Gateshead had to face a charge of failing to fulfil a fixture. They were found guilty, the score was allowed to stand and Gateshead were docked a point

Grays Athletic suffered a 2 point deduction for fielding ineligible players - Daryl Robson and Callum Leahy each played in one match and Sam Cutler in three.  Because of serious financial problems Grays were unable to compete in the Conference South in 2010/11 and dropped down to the Ryman (Isthmian League) North.

Salisbury were relegated to the Isthmian League North, Grays to the Southern League Premier and Ebbsflleet to the more traditional Conference South.  

Newport County (champions) and Bath City (play-offs) were promoted from the Conference South into the Conference for 2010/11 while Southport (champions) and Fleetwood Town (play-offs) were promoted from the Conference North.

 

  1 Stevenage Borough 44 30 9 5 79 24 99 Promoted
    2 Luton Town 44 26 10 8 84 40 88 Play Off
    3 Oxford United 44 25 11 8 64 31 86 Promoted
    4 Rushden & Diamonds 44 22 13 9 77 39 79 Play Off
    5 York City 44 22 12 10 62 35 78 Play Off
    6 Kettering Town 44 18 12 14 51 41 66
    7 Crawley Town 44 19 9 16 50 57 66
    8 AFC Wimbledon 44 18 10 16 61 47 64
    9 Mansfield Town 44 17 11 16 69 60 62
    10 Cambridge United 44 15 14 15 65 53 59
    11 Wrexham 44 15 13 16 45 39 58
    12 Salisbury City 44 21 5 18 58 63 58

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Relegated
    13 Kidderminster Harriers 44 15 12 17 57 52 57
    14 Altrincham 44 13 15 16 53 51 54
    15 Barrow 44 13 13 18 50 67 52
    16 Tamworth 44 11 16 17 42 52 49
    17 Hayes & Yeading United 44 12 12 20 59 85 48
    18 Histon 44 11 13 20 44 67 46
    19 Eastbourne Borough 44 11 13 20 42 72 46
    20 Gateshead 44 13 7 24 46 69 45 *
    21 Forest Green Rovers 44 12 9 23 50 76 45
    22 Ebbsfleet United 44 12 7 25 49 82 43 Relegated
    23 Grays Athletic 44 5 13 26 35 91 26

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Relegated
     
   

Promoted Champions Stevenage Borough were promoted automatically to the Football League, Promoted Oxford United regained their Football League place through the Conference play-offs. Darlington and Grimsby Town were relegated from the Football League to the Conference.

Salisbury had 10 point deducted after entering administration, Gateshead 1 point deducted for failing to fulfill a fixture and Grays Athletic had 2 points deducted for fielding ineligible players (see left).

Chester City were expelled from the Blue Square League and their record was expunged.

   
   
Play Off Semi Finals Play Off
1st Leg
Thu Apr 29 Rushden & Diamonds 1 - 1 Oxford United
Thu Apr 29 York City 1 - 0 Luton Town
2nd Leg
Mon May 3 Luton Town 0 - 1 York City
Mon May 3 Oxford United 2 - 0 Rushden & Diamonds
Aggregate scores
Oxford United 3 - 1 Rushden & Diamonds
York City 2 - 0 Luton Town
Play Off Final (at Wembley Stadium)
Sun May 16 Oxford United 3 - 1 York City
Oxford United were promoted back to the Football League