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Who are the teams joining Warrington in the NPL for next season?


Following the heartache of missing out on promotion after defeat to Kings Lynn Town in the super-playoff, it means the Wire will remain in the Northern Premier League Premier Division for a fourth straight season.

It is a bitter pill to swallow for the Yellows especially after missing out via the playoffs last season but with the new season breeds new hope up and down the football pyramid.

Although in the Premier League, Warrington’s neighbours Manchester City are once again the favourites to lift the title. They are 4/6 with Betway as of the 23rd May to make it a third successive league title and leave their rivals in their wake.

However, back to the non-league action and despite the agony, there is plenty of reason to be excited for the upcoming campaign, even though the one just past is still painfully etched into the memory for the Yellows.

Not only has manager Paul Carden signed a new contract, but goalkeeper Tony McMillan, defender David Raven, winger Jack Dunn, and striker Josh Amis have all signed on the dotted line and will remain with the club for at least another season.

Also, because of the league structure, it means there will be a total of five new sides heading to Cantilever Park this season and that is something to look forward to.

So, who are the newcomers ready to commence battle in the Northern Premier League in 2019/20?

FC United of Manchester

The club born in 2005 from Manchester United supporters opposed to the Glaziers takeover of Manchester United find themselves back in the sixth tier after their four-season spell in the conference came to an end with relegation.

The Manchester club are a welcome addition back into the Northern Premier after winning the division in 2014/15.

One thing guaranteed with the Red rebels.

The club has a big fanbase and still attracts plenty of media attention following their meteoric rise through the non-league pyramid.

Neil Reynolds men will be heavy contenders for the title and eager to get out of the league it took them seven years to earn promotion from.

Ashton United

Like FC United, Ashton United also found themselves unable to cling onto National League North status and dropped back into the NPL after a single season.

The Robins have a rich play off history in the Northern Premier League Premier Division having reached the knockout stages for three consecutive seasons between 2013/14 to 2015/16 but unfortunately lost the lot before finally earning promotion at the end of 2017/18 when they defeated Grantham Town in the play-off final.

Morpeth Town

The Highwaymen are celebrating their 110th year in existence in 2019 and will look to build on numerous non-league successes such as claiming the coveted FA Vase in 2016 as well as having reached the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup all the way back in 1999.

After claiming the NPL Division One East title last season, it meant promotion was achieved and the turnaround from a club set to fold in 2010, to a club with ambitions on the Vanarama Conference, has taken another major leap.

Manager Nick Gray is the man behind the resurgence after joining in 2011 and has literally driven the Northumberland side to heights it looked like could not be possible just nine years ago.


During the 2000/01 season, the minnows from Greater Manchester made history after reaching the first-round proper of the FA Cup.

A remarkable feat but the side has gone on to benefit and become one of the first sides to receive lottery funding and FA to build a complete floodlit all-weather 3G pitch.

The club’s Neuven Stadium will be one of the larger stadiums this season with a 350-seating capacity and 4000 overall.

Promotion was earned to the NPL Premier Division thanks to playoff victory over Leek Town and now the side managed by Jon Macken have designs on reaching the upper echelons of non-league football.

Atherton Collieries

Coming up as champions of the West Division are Atherton Collieries, who play at this level for the first time.

In their squad last season was former Warrington wideman Connor Hughes. He has since signed for Ashton United from Curzon Ashton, where he was on loan at Colls from.


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