Two familiar names returned to the Football League at the season end. Champions Mansfield Town returned to the League after a five-season break with automatic promotion while in the play-offs Newport County got the better of Wrexham in the all-Welsh decider at Wembley.
Macclesfield and Mansfield all had good runs in the FA Cup. Champions
Mansfield arguably had the most attractive tie when losing by the odd
goal in three against Liverpool at Field Mill in the Third Round.
Macclesfield claimed the impressive scalps of Swindon and Cardiff on
the way to a Fourth Round home defeat to eventual winners Wigan but
Luton went the furthest, to the 5th Round. They beat Wolves in the 3rd
Round before becoming the first non-league side to defeat a Premier League
side in the FA Cup with a 4th Round win at Norwich. Luton lost at home to
Millwall in the 5th Round.
The fact that the
Conference is a national competition was highlighted when, in one of the
longest journeys of the season, Ebbsfleet had a nightmare trip to Barrow.
It was played...with a very late kick-off!
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Champions Mansfield Town were promoted automatically to the Football League, Newport County were promoted to the Football League through the Conference play-offs. Aldershot Town and Barnet were relegated from the Football League to the Conference.
AFC Telford, Barrow, Ebbsfleet United and Stockport County were relegated to the Conference North/South and were replaced by Welling United (champions) and Salisbury City (play-offs) from the Conference South and Chester (champions) and FC Halifax (play-offs) from the Conference North.