Special Sub-Topic: Conference South 2004-05
|Basingstoke played the 2003/2004 season in the Ryman Premier Division. But is it true that they won more games away from home in the league than at home?|
y. Basingstoke had a torrid time at home, only managing 7 league victories, but picked up ten victories on their travels.
|Bishops Stortford: 'The Blues' won the last ever Amateur Cup Final, when they beat Ilford 4-1 at Wembley. In which year did this historic match take place?|
1974. Being that this was the last ever Amateur Cup Final, the Blues are still proud holders of the defunct trophy.
|Bognor Regis: Which player won the Green Army supporter's vote for the player of the year in 2003/2004?|
C.Stoner. Stoner picked up the award, whilst Matt Russell scooped the top goalscorer award and the Manager's Player of the Season Award.
|Prior to the set up of Conference South, Cambridge City had never progressed beyond the first round proper of the FA Cup.|
True. Cambridge last reached the 1st round in 2001, when they lost 3-0 to Exeter City.
|Which Southern Division did Carshalton Athletic win in 2003?|
Isthmian- Division 1 South. The championship won them promotion back to the Isthmian Premier Division from where they secured a spot in the Conference South.
Despite gaining qualification to the Conference South with some good end of season form and a playoff final victory over Tiverton Town, Dorchester Town's start to the season was not so impressive. This was epitomised by a dismal display, in which they suffered a Boxing Day massacre defeat of 8-0. To make it worse it was against their local rivals. Who were the 8-0 victors?|
Weymouth. In a memorable match, player/manager Steve Claridge and striker Lee Phillips, enjoyed a hat-trick each on their way to victory.
|From where did Eastbourne Borough hail in 2003?|
Sussex. Eastbourne recorded the third highest average attendance in Sussex during season 03/04 with 597. The highest belonged to Brighton & Hov Albion (6248), followed by Crawley Town (1381).
|Ford United was renamed Redbridge FC. |
True. The boys from the Oakside stadium obviously thought a change of league, called for a change of name.
|What was the name of Grays Athletic stadium in 2004?|
The Recreation Ground. Situated on Bridge Road.
|Havant & Waterlooville: Despite spending the early part of the season on loan at Crawley Town, which striker was snapped up by Havant to form a formidable strike partnership with Chukki Eribenne?|
Gavin Holligan. Havant beat off competition from a number of other DMPL teams to win Holligan's signature.
|Which of the Premiership 100 club (players to have scored 100 or more Premiership goals) had a spell with Hayes?|
Les Ferdinand. Les Ferdinand was at Hayes before moving on to a host of clubs including QPR, Newcastle, Tottenham, and Leicester City.
|In the build-up to the first season of Conference South, Hornchurch secured the services of which Yeovil striker?|
Kirk Jackson. With the 03/04 season barely over, Hornchurch had already secured the services of Giles, Tarkan Mustafa, and Mark Venus.
|Which Kettering Town player predicted that Billericay Town would win the 2003/04 Ryman Premier Division Championship?
Clue: Surname can be linked with an ex Ipswich Town shirt sponsor.|
Ian King. Canvey Island comfortably won the championship, as was predicted by most of the Kettering squad.
|Lewes met fellow Conference South side Weymouth in the 2003/2004 FA Trophy, and despite scoring five goals, lost out to Steve Claridge's side in a freak game. How many did Weymouth knock past Lewes?|
8. In a game which defied belief, a Luke Nightingale hat-trick for the visiting Terras were enough to see Weymouth edge Lewes out of the competition in an 8-5 thriller.
|Maidenhead shared their nickname with which other Conference South Team?|
Dorchester Town (Magpies). It makes for an interesting Magpie Vs Magpie clashes.
|Newport County were the only Welsh team competing in the Dr Martens Premier League during the 2003/04 season?|
False. Merthyr Tydfil also competed. Merthyr failed to qualify for the Conference South despite finishing 14th in the table, as they lost out to Redditch in the playoffs.
|The last two games of St Albans Ryman Premier Division 03/04 season were both against Thurrock. Both games finished with St Albans winning 2-0. |
False. It was in fact 2-0 to Thurrock in both games.
|In January 1989, Sutton United famously won in the FA Cup third round against which First Division opponent?|
Coventry City. The win was statistically the biggest upset in FA Cup history, as Coventry City were sitting pretty in 6th place in old First Division at the time.
|What was Thurrock's final league position in 2003-04?|
3rd. Only Canvey Island and Sutton United finished ahead of Thurrock in the Ryman Premier Division.
|Which ex-Manchester United and England player took over as Welling United manager in 2003?|
Paul Parker. Fullback Parker will be remembered by some for the very capable full back he was, but whenever I hear his name mentioned, I always think back to that deflection for Germany's goal in the 1990 World Cup semi-final.
|Weston-Super-Mare were at the centre of much controversy at the back end of the 03-04 season after a league match, in which they were trailing by one goal to zero was abandoned at half time, due to the injury of an official. Despite two qualified officials from the crowd coming forward to offer their services, the WSM manager refused to accept either and the game was replayed. Who were their opponents? |
Stafford Rangers. Stafford fans, and fans of clubs towards the bottom of the table effected strongly by the result of the game, were left feeling very bitter when WSM won the replayed fixture 5-1.
|Which of Weymouth's major rivals are affectionately known by the Terras as 'Green Slime'?|
Yeovil. Despite being in the third division, Yeovil were still regarded as Weymouth's biggest rivals. In the meantime, Dorchester, or Maggots as they are affectionately labeled by Weymouth fans, had been filling the void as the local rivalry.
|A number of the teams competing in the debut season of the Conference South, spent the previous season in the Dr Martens Premier division, where the average attendance for all league games was 673 for the 03-04 season. When averaging the 03-04 attendances for the teams competing in the Conference South, the figure was somewhat lower. Which is the average attendance for all league teams competing in Conference South?|
489. Of the teams competing in the Conference South, Weymouth had the highest 03-04 average attendance with 1490, followed by Kettering with 878. The team with the lowest 03-04 average attendance was Ford United with 154.
|How many automatic promotion places to the Conference 1, did the Conference South hold in 2004?|
One. The Conference South champions will win promotion to Conference 1, pending ground regulations. There will also be a series of playoffs between the teams that finish 2nd - 5th in both the Conference North and Conference South, with one extra Conference 1 slot available.
|Which team set to compete in the first season of the Conference South were followed by a television crew in 2003/04, for the purposes of the BBC2 documentary- Football Diaries?|
Weymouth. Weymouth chairman Ian Ridley gave the documentary crew unlimited access for the duration of the season for the series, which began on Sunday 9th May 2004, running for six weeks.
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