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2016/17
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Leading League goalscorer:
Ricky Miller
(Dover Athletic)
 40  goals


 
An amazing season for Conference sides in the FA Cup. Champions Lincoln City reached the quarter-finals but there they came unstuck being beaten 5-0 by eventual Cup winners Arsenal in front of a 59,454 Emirates crowd.

In the previous round - the 5th Round - a more modest 5013 were at Gander Green Lane to see Arsenal defeat Sutton United 2-0 . Amazingly most stories after the match revolved around a player eating a pie...details.

OK, it was a big ask but if Sutton had beaten Arsenal it would have guaranteed seeing a Conference side in the semi-finals of the FA Cup - FA Cup results 2016/17.

Forest Green Rovers reached the play-offs for the third season in a row and this time recorded a Wembley final victory over Tranmere Rovers in the final. Everyone then started to wonder how the first vegan club in the Football League would fare?

Dover's Ricky Miller was by far the most prolific goalscorer in the League with 40 goals in his 41 League outings. It earned him a transfer to Football League Peterborough United.
Another Jamie Vardy?

 

  1 Lincoln City 46 30 9 7 83 40 99 Promoted
    2 Tranmere Rovers 46 29 8 9 79 39 95 Play Off
    3 Forest Green Rovers 46 25 11 10 88 56 86 Promoted
    4 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 26 6 14 79 53 84 Play Off
    5 Aldershot Town 46 23 13 10 66 37 82 Play Off
    6 Dover Athletic 46 24 7 15 85 63 79

    7 Barrow 46 20 15 11 72 53 75
    8 Gateshead 46 19 13 14 72 51 70
    9 Macclesfield Town 46 20 8 18 64 57 68
    10 Bromley 46 18 8 20 59 66 62
    11 Boreham Wood 46 15 13 18 49 48 58

    12 Sutton United 46 15 13 18 61 63 58
    13 Wrexham 46 15 13 18 47 61 58
    14 Maidstone United 46 16 10 20 59 75 58

    15 Eastleigh 46 14 15 17 56 63 57
    16 Solihull Moors 46 15 10 21 62 75 55
    17 Torquay United 46 14 11 21 54 61 53
    18 Woking 46 14 11 21 66 80 53
    19 Chester 46 14 10 22 63 71 52
    20 Guiseley 46 13 12 21 50 67 51
    21 York City 46 11 17 18 55 70 50 Relegated
    22 Braintree Town 46 13 9 24 51 76 48 Relegated
    23 Southport 46 10 9 27 52 97 39

Relegated
    24 North Ferriby United 46 12 3 31 32 82 39 Relegated
   
   

Promoted Promoted
Champions Lincoln City were automatically promoted to the Football League.  Forest Green Rovers were promoted to the Football League, for the first time, through the play-offs. Hartlepool United and Leyton Orient were relegated from the Football League to the National League.

Relegated
North Ferriby United, Southport and York City were relegated to the National League North and Braintree Town to the Southern division. Taking their places in the 2017/18 National League were Northern champions AFC Fylde and play-off winners FC Halifax Town and from the National League South the champions were Maidenhead United and play-off winners Ebbsfleet United.

   
   
Play Off Semi Finals Play Off
1st Leg
Wed May 3 Aldershot Town 0 - 3 Tranmere Rovers
Thu May 4 Dagenham & Redbridge 1 - 1 Forest Green Rovers
2nd Leg
Sat May 6 Tranmere Rovers 2 - 2 Aldershot Town
Sun May 7 Forest Green Rovers 2 - 0 Dagenham & Redbridge
Aggregate scores
Tranmere Rovers 5 - 2 Aldershot Town
Forest Green Rovers 3 - 1 Braintree Town
Play Off Final
(at Wembley Stadium)
Sun May 14 Forest Green Rovers 3 - 1 Tranmere Rovers
Forest Green Rovers were promoted to the Football League.