Ramsbottom United are looking forward to their second campaign at non-league’s third tiel, the Evo-Stik Premier Division.
Changes to the Division’s structure have seen the departure of a number of clubs – and the arrivals …. and return …. of some old faces!!
Stepping up to the Conference North (now renamed National League North) are FC United of Manchester, who went up as Champions and were accompanied by play-off winners Curzon Ashton.
Departing the other way to Evo-Stik Division One North are Trafford and Witton Albion, whilst relegated to Division One South are Belper Town.
Surviving despite finishing in a relegation spot are Marine, who, following the sad demise of Hereford United, have escaped the drop by virtue of having the best record of all clubs around the country in the level three relegation places.
Also moving on are Kings Lynn Town, who have been shifted into the Southern League Premier Division.
Newcomers into Ramsbottom’s league for next year are Colwyn Bay and Hyde United, who were both relegated from Conference North and they will be joined by Mickleover Sports and Sutton Coldfield Town from Division One South. All four of these clubs will be playing against the Rams for the first time in competitive action.
However, moving up from Division One North are two old foes. Darlington 1883, who the Rams famously defeated in the 2014 play-off semi-final up at Bishop Auckland before a partisan crowd of almost 2,000, and the eagerly awaited return of the former management and players at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, now playing in the colours of Salford City.