The Conference season belonged to Fleetwood Town. A century of both goals and points saw them take the championship and their place in the Football League for the first time. League football at Highbury again! They also enjoyed a good FA Cup run. After victories over Wycombe and Yeovil they had a dream Third Round draw - at home to near neighbours Blackpool. But the dream turned to a nightmare with Blackpool winning 5-1 at Highbury.
Behind Fleetwood the Conference certainly had a 'Division 5' look about it with a host of ex-League sides fighting for the second promotion place. York City came out on top to reclaim the Football League place they lost in 2004. York beat Luton 2-1 in the play-off final and made it a Wembley double with a 2-0 victory over Newport in the FA Trophy Final.
Well, it was
always going to be a memorable season for
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Champions Fleetwood Town were promoted automatically to the Football League, York City were promoted to the Football League through the Conference play-offs. Hereford United and Macclesfield Town were relegated from the Football League to the Conference.
Hayes & Yeading and Bath City both suffered 'traditional' relegations
with both dropping to the Conference South. Sadly the same wasn't true for
the other two relegated sides with financial problems.....
* Kettering Town's financial problems during the season saw them erratic in paying players' wages, they transfer listed all their first team squad and nearly had to play behind closed doors at their Nene Park ground when unable to pay a policing bill. Although avoiding administration they suffered a 3 point penalty when they failed to pay their football creditors and realising they would be unable to afford to compete in the Conference in 2012/13 they resigned from the competition at the end of the season and were accepted into the Premier Division of the Southern League.
The relegated clubs were replaced by Woking (champions) and Dartford (play-offs) from the Conference South and Hyde (champions) and Nuneaton Town (play-offs) from the Conference North.