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National League newcomers

15 May 2019

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Lewis Mackley takes a look at the National League newcomers...

Torquay United

Torquay United achieved promotion as champions of National League South, winning the league by an impressive ten points.

Founded in 1899, the Gulls are managed by Gary Johnson and play their home games at Plainmoor, which has a capacity of 6,500 (2,950 seated).

Torquay scored the most goals in the league with 93 goals in 42 games while conceding the second fewest (41), which gave them the highest goal difference.

Torquay also had the league's highest goalscorer in their team in Jamie Reid. His 29 goals scored meant he scored a goal every 115 minutes.

Stockport County

Stockport County finished top of the National League North, winning the league one by a point, ahead of Chorley.

Based in Greater Manchester, Stockport County was founded in 1883 as Heaton Norris Rovers.

Nicknamed the Hatters, they are managed by Jim Gannon and play their home games at Edgeley Park, which has an all-seater capacity of 10,852.

Stockport scored 77 goals while only conceding 36 in 42 league games. Stockport County’s top scorer was Matthew Warburton, who scored 18 goals.


Chorley finished second in National League North and gained promotion via the play-offs.

Finshing one point behind champions Stockport County, they scored more goals than anyone in the league.

The Lancashire club was originally founded in 1875 as a rugby union club but then switched to a football club in 1883.

Chorley are managed by Jamie Vermiglio and play their football at Victory Park, which has a capacity of 4,300 (975 seated).

Chorley finished the season with two main goal scorers in Josh Wilson, who scored 15 times in the league and Marcus Carver, who netted 14 times in the league.


Woking finished second in National League South, gaining promotion through the play-offs.

They scored 76 goals and conceded 49 in their 42 league matches.

Based in Surrey, the club was founded in 1889 and their nickname is the Cards.

Woking's Kingfield Stadium has a capacity of 6,036 (2,500 seated).

Managed by Alan Dawson, their two main goalscorers last season were Max Kretzschmar, who scored 14 goals in his league outings and Jake Hyde, who scored 12 goals in only 1,881 minutes of game time.

Woking reached the third round of the FA Cup, where they were beaten 2-0 by Premier League Watford.

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