courtesy Paul Lawlor, North West Counties League
The FA has today announced the club allocations for the National League System for 2019/20, which includes allocations for The North West Counties Football League next season.
Once again the League will operate with three divisions across Steps 5 and 6 of the National League System with the Premier Division at Step 5 and the First Division North and First Division South at Step 6.
Heys will again compete in Division One North and will face new opposition in Yorkshire sides Golcar and AFC Emley. However, they will not be making the trip to Carlisle this season as they have been moved to the Northern League.
In the Premier Division, Longridge Town and Rylands have been promoted from Step 6 as Champions of the First Division North and First Division South as expected. They will be joined by Avro who gain promotion as runners up in the First Divison North, who qualified for promotion on a points per game (PPG) basis. First Division South runners up, Vauxhall Motors, miss out on promotion due to their lower PPG record this season gone. Joining them in the Premier Division will be Skelmersdale United, who return to The North West Counties League following relegation from the Evo Stik League First Division West. They rejoin the League after a 13 year absence.
In a surprise move though, The FA has moved Premier Division side Silsden over to the Northern Counties East League Premier Division for next season, leaving the Premier Division with 20 clubs, sadly ending Silsden's 15 year association with the League.
The First Division North will also operate with 20 clubs, with Daisy Hill and Atherton LR being repreived from relegation. Golcar United join the North Division as Champions of the West Riding County Amateur League, and they will be joined by Cheshire League Champions Pilkington FC. In another surprise move, Carlisle City, currently our most northerly club have been latterly moved to the Northern League Division Two and in return we have gained Emley AFC who join us from the Northern Counties East League Division One. Carlisle City leave the League after three years.
The make up of the First Division South remains similar to that of that season, apart from both relegated clubs from our Premier Division, Abbey Hey and West Didsbury & Chorlton being placed in this division. Second to bottom Ellesmere Rangers have been given a reprieve. Stone Dominoes who finished bottom of the division last season have been relegated to Step 7 and are likely to be placed in the Staffordshire Senior League.
The club allocations are subject to FA appeal and will be finalised at the League's AGM on 15th June in Blackpool.
The League Allocations for 2019/20 are as follows:
Premier Division (Step 5)
Avro (NWCFL 1N)
Longridge Town (NWCFL 1N)
Rylands (NWCFL 1S)
Skelmersdale United (NPL 1W)
First Division North (Step 6)
Atherton LR (Reprieved)
Cleator Moor Celtic
Daisy Hill (Reprieved)
Emley AFC (NCE1)
Golcar United (West Riding Amateur)
Holker Old Boys
Pilkington (Cheshire League)
St Helens Town
First Division South (Step 6)
Abbey Hey (NWCFL P)
Abbey Hulton United
Cammell Laird 1907
Cheadle Heath Nomads
Ellesmere Rangers (Reprieved)
FC Oswestry Town
Stone Old Alleynians
West Didsbury & Chorlton (NWCFL P)