National League 2016-17 – Season Preview

Who is going to win the 2016-17 Vanarama National League? Here’s a few facts, figures and maybe some pointers as to who will come out on top in the next nine months…

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Stadium: Furness Building Society Stadium

Address: Wilkie Road, Barrow in Furness, Cumbria LA14 5UW

Capacity: 4200

Miles: 308

Manager: Paul Cox

Last season: 11th place, 65 points

Top scorer: Andy Cook (24)


Twitter: BarrowAFC

Played for both: Striker John Grant, who plundered 54 goals in 122 appearances for The Shots between 2006 and 2010

We’ve met before: A 4-3 away win for The Shots on 3 January 1959, as Stepney, Pacey and a Tyrer double took the points in front of a crowd of 4932

Players In: Byron Harrison (Chesterfield), Euan Murray (Stenhousemuir), Liam Hughes (Inverness Caledonian Thistle), Shaun Beeley (Morecambe), Paul Turnbull (Macclesfield Town), Nick Anderton (Preston North End), Richard Bennett (Northwich Victoria), Moussa Diarra (Hampton & Richmond), Ross Hannah (Chester), Lindon Meikle (Alfreton Town)

Players Out: Paddy Lacey (Accrington Stanley), Simon Grand (Salford City), Steve Williams (AFC Fylde), Neil Ashton (Southport), Danny Pilkington (Stalybridge Celtic), Brad Carroll (Clitheroe), Ashley Grimes (Southport), Alex Newby (Clitheroe), Andy Cook (Tranmere Rovers), Jason Walker, Danny Eccles, Mo Fofana



Stadium: Meadow Park

Address: Broughinge Road, Boreham Wood, Herts WD6 5AL

Capacity: 4502

Miles: 51

Manager: Luke Garrard

Last season: 19th place, 50 points

Top scorer: Jamie Lucas (7)



Played for both: Rugged centre-back Leon Townley played 43 games for The Shots (and scored one goal) in the 2001-02 season

We’ve met before: 7 November 1998, a 12-minute Roy Young hat-trick (which outshone Gary Abbott’s own treble) as the pair combined in a 6-0 victory

Players In: Anthony Jeffrey (Forest Green Rovers, loan), Daniel Uchechi (Dalkurd), Grant Smith (Bognor Regis Town), Adriano Moke (Wrexham), Mark Ricketts (Woking), Matt Paine (Braintree Town), Bruno Andrade (Woking), Kenny Davis (Braintree Town), Morgan Ferrier (Crystal Palace), Angelo Balanta (Carlisle United)

Players Out: Callum Reynolds (Aldershot Town), Junior (St Albans C), Charlie MacDonald (Greenwich Borough), Josh Hill (St Albans C), Scott Doe (Dagenham & Redbridge), Luke Howell (Dagenham & Redbridge), James Russell (St Albans City)



Stadium: Avanti Stadium

Address: Clockhouse Way, Braintree, Essex CM7 3RD

Capacity: 4151

Miles: 102

Manager: Jamie Day

Last season: 3rd place, Play-Off semi-final, 81 points

Top scorer: Michael Cheek (15)


Twitter: braintreetownfc

Played for both: Nomadic striker Bertie Brayley, who made eight appearances for The Shots during a brief stay in August 2005

We’ve met before: A fine 4-0 Ryman Premier League victory in September 2001, secured by goals for Holsgrove, Payne, Browne and Forrester

Players In: Jon Ashton (Crawley Town), Jack Midson (Eastleigh), Jamie Butler (Hemel Hempstead Town), Harry Lee (Welling Utd), Lee Barnard (Crawley Town), Craig Braham-Barrett (Dover Athletic), Barney Williams (Welling Utd), Ian Gayle (Dagenham & Redbridge), Jake Goodman (Margate), Sam Cowler (Brightlingsea Regent), Zach Fagan (Welling United), Jerome  (Chalfont St Peter), Quade Taylor (Bolton Wanderers) Rohdell Gordon (Stevenage)

Players Out: Kenny Davis (Boreham Wood), Matt Paine (Boreham Wood), Harry Watkins (Grays Athletic), Mitch Brundle (Gateshead), Sam Habergham (Lincoln City), Taylor Miles (Lincoln City), Mark Phillips (Ebbsfleet Utd), Matt Fry (York City), Dan Sparkes (Torquay Utd), Alex Woodyard (Lincoln City), Joe Gardner (East Thurrock Utd), Sean Marks (Maidenhead Utd), Anthony Edgar (Woking)



Stadium: Fortress Stadium

Address: Hayes Lane, Bromley, Kent

Postcode: BR2 9EF

Capacity: 5000

Miles: 50

Manager: Mark Goldberg

Last season: 14th place, 60 points

Top scorer: Moses Emmanuel (20 goals)


Twitter: bromleyfc

Played for both: Journeyman striker Jamie Slabber whose five appearances for The Shots are entirely overshadowed by his single goal for the Club – the bullet header which took our 2005 Play-Off semi-final against Carlisle United into extra-time

We’ve met before: A Ryman League Cup semi-final second-leg tie which went all the way, as 45 year-old Paul Priddy performed heroics in goal and Gary Abbott’s extra-time goal sent The Shots through

Players In: David Martin (Whitehawk), George Porter (Welling Utd), Joe Howe (Ebbsfleet Utd), Blair Turgott (Leyton Orient)

Players Out: Daniel Ajakaiye (Grays Ath, dual reg), Ali Fuseini (Margate), Aaron Tumwa (Margate), Paul Rodgers (Bishop`s Stortford), Sean Francis (Welling Utd), Pierre Joseph-Dubois (Welling Utd)



Stadium: The Swansway Chester Stadium

Address: Bumpers Lane , Chester

Postcode: CH1 4LT

Capacity: 3284

Miles: 215

Manager: Jon McCarthy

Last season: 17th place, 54 points

Top scorer: Ross Hannah (23)


Twitter: ChesterFC

Played for both: Chris Blackburn – laid-back and versatile defender made 127 appearances for The Shots from 2008 – 2010

We’ve Met Before: 6 April 2004 – The Blues were well on their way to promotion to the Football League, and The Shots – who had Dean Hooper sent-off and saw Ray Warburton twice hit in the chest by a fiercely-struck free-kick – did well to escape with a 4-2 defeat

Players In: Theo Vassell (Walsall, loan), Elliot Durrell (Tamworth), Evan Horwood (Northampton Town), Ross Killock (Leeds Utd), Liam Roberts (Walsall, loan), Blaine Hudson (Wrexham), James Akintunde (Cambridge United), Wade Joyce (Stalybridge Celtic)

Players Out: Ross Hannah (Barrow), Ben Heneghan (Motherwell), Tom Peers (AFC Telford Utd), Craig Hobson (Altrincham), John Rooney (Wrexham)



Stadium: Chigwell Construction Stadium

Address: Victoria Road, Dagenham, Essex RM10 7XL

Capacity: 6078

Miles: 71

Manager: John Still

Last season: 23rd in League Two, 34 points

Top scorer: Jamie Cureton and Christian Doidge (9 each)


Twitter: Dag_RedFC

Played for both / Stats: Arch goal poacher Jamie Taylor scored 12 in 37 appearances for The Shots between 2002 and 2003

We’ve met before: The Shots warmed up for a League Cup tie against Manchester United with a stunning 5-2 victory at Victoria Road, thanks to a double from Jermaine McGlashan and goals from Vincenti, Rankine and Guttridge

Players In: Scott Doe (Boreham Wood), Luke Howell (Boreham Wood), Josh Staunton (Charlton Athletic), Christian Assombalonga (Waltham Abbey), Leo Donnellan (QPR), Fejiri Okenabirhie (Harrow Borough), Matt Robinson (Luton Town), Craig Robson (Bognor Regis Town), Curtley Williams (Luton Town), Elliot Justham (Luton Town), Craig Robson (Bognor Regis Town), Jordan Maguire-Drew (Brighton & Hove Albion, loan)

Players Out: Joss Labadie (Newport County), Matt McClure (Aldershot Town), Ashley Chambers (Grimsby Town), Jack Connors (Ebbsfleet Utd), Ade Yusuff (Chatham Town), Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers), Ian Gayle (Braintree Town)



Stadium: The Crabble Athletic Ground

Address: Lewisham Road, River, Dover, Kent

Postcode: CT17 0JB

Capacity: 5745

Miles: 107

Manager: Chris Kinnear

Last season: 5th place, Play-Off semi-final, 80 points

Top scorer: Ricky Miller (20)


Twitter: DoverAthletic

Played for both: Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz – Venezuelan goalkeeper made 62 appearances for The Shots in two spells from 2007 – 2010 and February – May 2011

We’ve Met Before: 31 October 2000 – Gary Abbott’s 54th minute goal won this FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie and earned a sell-out first round clash with Brighton and Hove Albion

Players In: Jim Stevenson (Aldershot Town), Steve Arnold (Forest Green Rovers)

Players Out: Craig Braham-Barrett (Braintree Town), Liam Bellamy (Aldershot Town), Andy Rafferty (Spennymoor Town), Tom Murphy (Maidstone Utd), Nicky Deverdics (Hartlepool), Sam Gore (Lewes), Stefan Payne (Barnsley), Sean Raggett (Lincoln City), Duane Ofori-Acheampong (Dartford)



Stadium: Silverlake Stadium

Address: Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh, Hampshire

Postcode: SO50 9HT

Capacity: 5192

Miles: 48

Manager: Chris Todd

Last season: 7th place, 75 points

Top scorer: James Constable (16)


Twitter: eastleighfc

Played for both: Midfielder Jamie Collins made 31 appearances for The Shots in 2011-12

We’ve met before: A Hampshire Senior Cup tie in November 1995 – The Shots came back to lead 2-1 only to concede a last minute equaliser, before Jamie Horton won it in the second minute of extra-time

Players In: Ayo Obilaye (Charlton Athletic), Connor Essam (Leyton Orient), Ryan Huddart (Arsenal, loan), Mikael Mandron (Sunderland), Scott Wilson (Weston-super-Mare), Adam Dawson (Tranmere Rovers), Adam Dugdale (Morecambe), Richard Duffy (Port Vale), Jake Howells (Luton Town), David Pipe (Forest Green Rovers), Ryan Cresswell (Northampton Town), Ryan Bird (Yeovil Town)

Players Out: Jack Midson (Braintree Town), Will Evans (Aldershot Town), Lewis Noice (Winchester City), Michael Poke (Woking), Richard Duffy (Notts County), Matthias Fanimo (Margate), Josh Payne (Crawley Town), James Turley (Newport County)



Stadium: The New Lawn

Address: Another Way, Nailsworth, Glos

Postcode: GL6 0FG

Capacity: 5140

Miles: 98

Manager: Mark Cooper

Last season: 2nd place, Play-Off Final, 89 points

Top scorer: Jon Parkin (13)


Twitter: FGRFC_Official

Played for both: The versatile Chris Giles made 51 appearances for The Shots – including the 2004 Play-Off Final – and scored two goals

We’ve met before: September 2007, despite Stuart Fleetwood putting Rovers ahead in 2 minutes, John Grant and Johnny Dixon put The Shots 3-1 ahead and even though Rovers pulled one back the visitors held on

Players In: Christian Doidge (Dagenham & Redbridge), Sam Russell (Gateshead), Matt Tubbs (Portsmouth), Rhys Murphy (Oldham Athletic), Harry Hickford (MK Dons), Ethan Pinnock (Dulwich Hamlet), Blake Davies (Bristol Rovers), Olly Mehew (Bristol Rovers), Mohamed Chemlal (Le Havre), Jon Moran (Nantwich Town), Liam Noble (Notts County), Drissa Traore (Swindon Town), Florient Robert (Swindon Town), Simon Lefebvre (Girondins de Bordeaux)

Players Out: David Pipe (Eastleigh), Anthony Jeffrey (Boreham Wood, loan), Steve Arnold (Dover Athletic), James Jennings (Cheltenham Town), Jon Parkin (Newport County), Delano Sam-Yorke (Woking), Kurtis Guthrie (Colchester United), Clovis Kamdjo (York City), Brett Williams (Torquay Utd)



Stadium: Gateshead International Stadium

Address: Neilson Rd, Gateshead NE10 0EF

Capacity: 11800

Miles: 305

Manager: Neil Aspin

Last season: 9th place, 67 points

Top scorer: Danny Bowman (16)


Twitter: GatesheadFC

Played for both: Alex Rodman – pacy winger who made 53 appearances for The Shots and scored eight goals between January 2011 and May 2013

We’ve Met Before: 14 January 2014 – Glenn Morris saved an injury-time penalty to earn The Shots a valuable and impressive 0-0 draw

Players In: Mitch Brundle (Braintree Town), George Smith (Barnsley), Sam Johnson (Port Vale, loan), Toby Ajala (Torquay Utd), Nyal Bell (Rochdale), James Bolton (FC Halifax Town), Jamal Fyfield (Wrexham), Liam Hogan (Tranmere Rovers), Sam Jones (Alfreton Town), Manny Smith (Wrexham), Anthony Sweeney (Carlisle Utd), Reece Styche (Macclesfield Town), Wes York (Wrexham), Dan Hanford (Carlisle United)

Players Out: Sam Russell (Gateshead), Jon Shaw (South Shields), Matty Pattison (Blyth Spartans), Craig Baxter (South Shields), Jamie Chandler (Spennymoor Town), James Curtis (Spennymoor Town), Rob Ramshaw (Spennymoor Town), Josh Gillies (Darlington 1883)



Stadium: Nethermoor Park

Address: Otley Road, Guiseley, Leeds

Postcode: LS20 8BT

Capacity: 3000

Miles: 231

Manager: Mark Bower

Last season: 20th place, 49 points

Top scorer: Anthony Dudley


Twitter: GuiseleyAFC

Played for both: Martin Butler – striker who scored 1 goal in two appearances on loan from York City in December 1985

We’ve Met Before: 11 January 2014 – Aiden O’Brien and Jordan Roberts added to an own-goal to seal a comfortable 3-0 win in this FA Trophy third round tie

Players In: Danny East (Grimsby Town), Ashley Palmer (North Ferriby Utd), Javan Vidal (Wrexham), Nicky Clee (Altrincham), Michael Rankine (Altrincham), Marcus Williams (Kerala Blasters), Tim Deasy (Altrincham), Jordan Preston (Blackburn Rovers)

Players Out: Nicky Boshell (Bradford PA), Ryan Toulson (Bradford PA), Talent Ndlovu (Ossett Albion), Gavin Rothery (Gainsborough Trinity), Ben Parker (Harrogate Town), Steven Drench (FC Halifax Town), Oliver Norburn (Macclesfield Town)



Stadium: Sincil Bank

Address: Lincoln LN5 8LD

Capacity: 10120

Miles: 178

Manager: Danny Cowley

Last season: 13th place, 61 points

Top scorer: Matt Rhead (20)


Twitter: LincolnCity_FC

Played for both: Attacking left-back John Nutter made 79 appearances for The Shots and scored six goals, most of which were probably from well outside the penalty area!

We’ve Met Before: 1 May 2010 – the Morgans, Marvin and Dean, scored three in six minutes to earn a come-from-behind win and confirm The Shots’ place in the League Two Play-Offs

Players In: Alex Woodyard (Braintree Town), Taylor Miles (Braintree Town), Sam Habergham (Braintree Town), Adam Marriott (Stevenage), Sean Raggett (Dover Athletic), Nathan Arnold (Grimsby Town), Johnny Margetts (Tranmere Rovers)

Players Out: Sam Fewkes (Stocksbridge Park Steels), Kane Hutchinson-Wilkes (Lincoln Utd), Chris Bush (Chelmsford City), Conor Robinson (North Ferriby Utd), Nat Brown (Boston Utd), Greg Tempest (Ilkeston FC), Aidan Grant (Corby Town), Liam Hearn (Ilkeston FC)



Stadium: The Moss Rose

Address: London Road, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 7SP

Capacity: 6335

Miles: 206

Manager: John Askey

Last season: 10th place, 66 points

Top scorer: Kristian Dennis (22)


Twitter: thesilkmen

Played for both: Guy Madjo – much-travelled Cameroonian striker who scored eight goals in 23 appearances for The Shots from January 2012 to January 2013

We’ve Met Before: 7 September 2013 – Mark Molesley’s long-range winner earned a tight 1-0 victory to wipe out The Shots’ ten-point deficit after administration

Players In: Kingsley James (FC Halifax Town), Craig Ross (Whitehawk), John Mackreth (Tranmere Rovers), Mitch Hancox (Birminham City), Oliver Norburn (Guiseley AFC)

Players Out: Reece Styche (Gateshead), Paul Turnbull (Barrow AFC), Shwan Jalal (Wrexham)



Stadium: The Gallagher Stadium

Address: James Whatman Way, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1LQ

Capacity: 3030

Miles: 65 miles

Manager: Jay Saunders

Last season: 3rd place in National League South, Play-Off Final winners, 77 points

Top scorer: Joe Healy (9)


Twitter: maidstoneunited

Played for both: Combative midfielder Ricky Newman made 95 appearances and scored 2 goals for The Shots

We’ve met before: 24 November 1990, goals for Glen Burvill, Charlie Henry and two for Dave Puckett earned a thrilling 4-3 victory

Players In: Tom Murphy (Dover Athletic), Jack Evans (Eastbourne Borough), Anthony Acheampong (Ebbsfleet Utd), Ben Greenhalgh (Concord Rangers)

Players Out: Manny Parry (Margate), Matt Bodkin (Hastings Utd), Alex Akfori (Concord Rangers, loan), Alex Ariff (East Grinstead Town), Aidan Hayes (East Grinstead Town)



Stadium: Eon Visual Media Stadium

Address: Grange Lane, Church Road, North Ferriby, East Yorkshire HU14 3AB

Capacity: 2700

Miles: 230

Manager: Steve Housham

Last season: 2nd place, National League North, Play-Off Final winners, 76 points

Top scorer: Tom Denton (20)


Twitter: northferribyutd

Played for both: Martin Butler – striker who scored 1 goal in two appearances on loan from York City in December 1985

We’ve met before: The Shots have never played North ferriby United before

Players In: Conor Robinson (Lincoln City), Rory Watson (Hull City, loan), Steve Brogan (Gainsborough Trinity), Simon Russell (Gainsborough Trinity), Darryn Stamp (Gainsborough Trinity), Vinny Mukendi (Oxford City), Jake Skelton (Leeds United), Connor Oliver (Blackpool), Jordan Cooke (Buxton), Taron Hare (York City), Ryan Fallowfield (Harrogate Town)

Players Out: Ashley Palmer (Guiseley AFC), Nathan Hotte (FC Halifax Town), Danny Hone (FC Halifax Town), Tom Nicholson (FC Halifax Town), Tom Denton (FC Halifax Town), Liam King (FC Halifax Town), Josh Wilde (FC Halifax Town), Wayne Brooksby (Harrogate Town)



Stadium: The Automated Technology Group Stadium

Address: Damson Parkway, Solihull, West Midlands B91 2PP

Capacity: 3050

Miles: 124

Manager: Marcus Bignot

Last season: National League North champions

Top scorer: Akwase Asanti (17)


Twitter: SolihullMoors

Played for both: No player has ever played for both The Shots and Solihull Moors

We’ve met before: The Shots have never met Solihull Moors before

Players In: Harry White (Barnsley), Jamey Osborne (Redditch Utd), Nathan Vaughan (Worcester City), Bobby Molesley (Stoke City), Jordan Fagbola (Colwyn Bay), Shepherd Murombedzi (Hayes and Yeading), Charlie Morris (Redditch United)

Players Out: Lewis Wright (Hednesford Town), Trey Braithwaite (Stratford Town), James Armson (Brackley Town), Gareth Dean (Brackley T), Junior English (Worcester City), Callum Gittings (AFC Telford Utd), Alando Lewis (Rugby Town), Adam Walker (Brackley T), Mike Nottingham (Salford City)



Stadium: Merseyrail Community Stadium

Address: Haig Avenue, Southport, Merseyside PR8 6JZ

Capacity: 6008

Miles: 240

Manager: Neil Bishop

Last season: 16th place, 55 points

Top scorer: Louis Almond (12)


Twitter: southport_fc

Played for both: Left-back Dean Howell made 15 appearances for The Shots, scoring one goal

We’ve met before: Brett Williams put The Shots ahead in just 31 seconds and went on to complete his hat-trick in a 5-1 thrashing in November 2013

Players In: Neil Ashton (Barrow AFC), Ashley Grimes (Barrow AFC), James Gray (Wrexham), Ryan Crump (Blackburn Rovers), Tyrell Belford (Swindon Town, loan), John Cofie (AFC Telford Utd), Jonathan Royle (Wrexham), Ross White (Wrexham), James Caton (Shrewsbury Town), Joseph Kearns (Crewe Alexandra), Chris Doyle (Morecambe), Keil O’Brien (Bury)

Players Out: Charlie Joyce (Altrincham), Adam Blakeman (Chorley), Matt Challoner (Chorley), Mike Phenix (Salford City), Paul Rutherford (Wrexham), Alex Whittle (York Cty)



Stadium: The Borough Sports Ground

Address: Gander Green Lane, Sutton SM1 2EY

Capacity: 5013

Miles: 33

Manager: Paul Doswell

Last season: National League South champions, 90 points

Top scorer: Dan Fitchett (20)


Twitter: suttonunited

Played for both / Stats: Versatile defender Simon Downer made 13 appearances for The Shots towards the end of the 2003-04 season, including the 2004 Play-Off Final

We’ve met before: 21 April 2003, The Shots secure the Ryman Premier Division title at Gander Green Lane as Roscoe D’Sane secures a 1-1 draw

Players In: Roarie Deacon (Crawley Town), Bradley Hudson-Odoi (Wealdstone), Chris Dickson (Ermis Aradippou)

Players Out: Tommy Wright (Salisbury FC, loan), Tom Bolarinwa (Grimsby Town), Stuart Fleetwood (Bath City)



Stadium: Launa Windows Stadium

Address: Marnham Road, Plainmoor, Torquay, Devon TQ1 3PS

Capacity: 6500

Miles: 165

Manager: Kevin Nicholson

Last season: 18th place, 51 points

Top scorer: Nathan Blissett (8)


Twitter: TUFC1899

Played for both: Feed the Sills and he will score! 52 times, precisely, in 144 appearances for the Shots

We’ve met before: Quite simply one of the most famous nights in The Shots’ history – 3 March 2008, as Scott Davis hit a stunning late winner to push Aldershot Town closer to the Blue Square Premier title

Players In: Damon Lathrope (Aldershot Town), Sean McGinty (Aldershot Town), Dan Sparkes (Braintree Town), Brett Williams (Forest Green Rovers), Charlie Duke (Prescot Cables), Lathaniel Rowe-Turner (Kidderminster Harriers), Brendan Moore (Fleetwood), Chay Scrivens (West Bromwich Albion), Jamie Reed (Exeter City, loan), Jamie Robba (Lynx)

Players Out: Toby Ajala (Gateshead), Dan Butler (Newport County), Max Melanson (Dereham Town), Oneil Odofin (Corby Town), James Hurst (AFC Telford Utd), Angus MacDonald (Barnsley)



Stadium: Prenton Park

Address: Prenton Road West, Birkenhead, Merseyside CH42 9PY

Capacity: 16567

Miles: 236

Manager: Gary Brabin

Last season: 6th place, 78 points

Top scorer: James Norwood (19)


Twitter: tranmererovers

Played for both: Mercurial winger Ryan Williams scored 21 goals and created numerous others in 84 appearances for The Shots

We’ve met before: 28 November 2009 – The Shots escape with a goalless draw and home replay in this FA Cup second round tie, but eventually it is Rovers who face Wolves in the third round

Players In: Andy Cook (Barrow AFC), Jeff Hughes (Cambridge Utd), Darren Stephenson (Chorley), Connor Jennings (Wrexham)

Players Out: John Mackreth (Macclesfield Town), Liam Hogan (Gateshead), Adam Dawson (Eastleigh), Matt Hill (Bradford PA), Cole Stockton (Morecambe, loan), Martin Riley (Wrexham), Sam Ramsbottom (Galway United)



Stadium: Kingfield Stadium

Address: Kingfield, Woking, Surrey, GU22 9AA

Capacity: 6036

Miles: 11

Manager: Garry Hill

Last season: 12th place, 61 points

Top scorer: John Goddard (17)


Twitter: wokingfc

Played for both: Dean Morgan made 11 appearances for The Shots and scored four goals, including a superb late winner against Cheltenham Town which pushed Kevin Dillon’s team towards the League Two Play-Offs

We’ve met before: 27 March 2005 – an Easter Sunday treat for Shots fans with a 4-0 derby day win live on Sky Sports and goals from Clarke, Sills, Barnard and Challinor

Players In: Delano Sam-Yorke (Forest Green Rovers), Max Kretzschmar (Wycombe Wanderers), Gozie Ugwu (Wycombe Wanderers), Charlie Penny (Dulwich Hamlet), Fabio Saraiva (Merstham), Michael Poke (Eastleigh), Chike Kandi (Bognor Regis Town), Anthony Edgar (Braintree Town), Nathan Ralph (Newport County), Zac Ansah (Charlton Athletic), Dennon Lewis (Watford), Ben Gordon (Bradford Park Avenue), Brandon Hall (Ebbsfleet United)

Players Out: Jake Cole (Aldershot Town), Scott Rendell (Aldershot Town), Mark Ricketts (Boreham Wood), Bruno Andrade (Boreham Wood), Godfrey Poku (Oxford City), Giuseppe Sole (Hampton & Richmond Borough), Chris Arthur (Crawley Town), John Goddard (Swindon Town)



Stadium: The Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium

Address: Mold Road, Wrexham LL11 2AH

Capacity: 10500

Miles: 216

Manager: Gary Mills

Last season: 8th place, 69 points

Top scorer: Connor Jennings (14)


Twitter: Wrexham_AFC

Played for both: Talismanic winger Glen Little made 16 appearances for The Shots, scoring one goal

We’ve met before: 21 September 2013 – The Shots strolled to victory in fine style as Mark Molesley and substitute Jordan Roberts scored in a 2-0 win

Players In: Michael Bakare (Welling Utd), Nortei Nortey (Welling Utd), Anthony Barry (Accrington Stanley), Curtis Tilt (AFC Telford Utd), Khaellem Bailey-Nicholls (Birmingham City), Hamza Bencherif (FC Halifax Town), Kai Edwards (TNS), Callum Powell (Rugby Town), Jordan White (Livingston), Martin Riley (Tranmere Rovers), Paul Rutherford (Southport), Shwan Jalal (Macclesfield Town), John Rooney (Chester), Shaun Harrad (Torquay United), Jordan evans (Fulham), Tyler Harvey (Plymouth Argyle), Chris Dunn (Cambridge United)

Players Out: Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers), Ross White (Southport), Wes York (Gateshead), Adriano Moke (Boreham Wood), Blaine Hudson (Chester), Jamal Fyfield (Gateshead), Manny Smith (Gateshead), Javan Vidal (Guiseley AFC), James Gray (Southport), Jonathan Royle (Southport), Iwan Cartwright (Nuneaton Town), Danny Reynolds (AFC Telford Utd), Callum Terrell (Scarborough Athletic), Lee Fowler (AFC Telford Utd), Kayden Jackson (Barnsley), Louis Briscoe (Tamworth)



Stadium: Bootham Crescent

Address: York YO30 7AQ

Capacity: 8256

Miles: 235

Manager: Jackie McNamara

Last season: 24th in League Two, 34 points

Top scorer: Vadaine Oliver (10)


Twitter: yorkcityfc

Played for both: Ian McDonald, Shots legend who made 423 appearances and scored 62 goals between 1981 and 1992

We’ve met before: August 2004, City made their debut in the Conference but are well beaten by goals from Jon Challinor and Steve Watson

Players In: Ben Clappison (Hull City), Richard Brodie (Stockport County), Josh Robinson (Crusaders), Aidan Connolly (Raith Rovers), Kaine Felix (Boston Utd), Scott Fenwick (Hartlepool), Yan Klukowski (Newport County), Daniel Nti (Worcester City), Simon Heslop (Wrexham), Ben Barber (Stoke City), Jack Higgins (Stalybridge Celtic), Shaun Rooney (Dunfermline Athletic), Alex Whittle (Southport), Clovis Kamdjo (Forest Green Rovers), Matt Fry (Braintree Town), Luke Simpson (Watford), Lanre Oyebanjo (Crawley Town), Franklyn Clarke (Dorchester Town)

Players Out: Russell Penn (Carlisle Utd), James Berrett (Grimsby Town), Jake Hyde (Stevenage), Luke Summerfield (Grimsby Town), Dave Winfield (Ebbsfleet Utd), Vadaine Oliver (Notts County, loan) , Taron Hare (North Ferriby United)

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