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National League
2020–21
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Season information
Winners Sutton United
Promoted Sutton United
Hartlepool United
Relegated No relegation
Season statistics
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The 2020–21 National League season, known as the Vanarama National League for sponsorship reasons, is the 6th season under English football's new title of National League, fourteenth season consisting of three divisions and the thirty-ninth season overall.

On 16 September 2020, Macclesfield Town folded as a result of debts, and were expelled from the National League on 29 September 2020. As the club folded before the season started, no records were expunged.

Due to Macclesfield's closure, only 23 clubs took part in the 2020–21 season and a maximum of three clubs were to be relegated instead of the usual four. However, on 26 March 2021, having not fulfilled a fixture since 30 January, Dover Athletic's results were expunged and the club deducted 12 points for the 2021–22 season. Therefore the season is set to complete with 22 clubs playing fixtures.

Additionally, following the National League North and South divisions being declared null and void on 18 February, no teams will be relegated this season.

Promotion and Relegation

The following teams changed divisions after the 2019–20 season:

Team changes

To National League

Promoted from National League North

Promoted from National League South

Relegated from League Two

From National League

Promoted to League Two

Relegated to National League North

Relegated to National League South

Stadia and locations

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Aldershot Town Aldershot Recreation Ground 7,200
Altrincham Altrincham Moss Lane 7,700
Barnet London (Canons Park) The Hive Stadium 6,418
Boreham Wood Borehamwood Meadow Park 4,502
Bromley London (Bromley) Hayes Lane 5,300
Chesterfield Chesterfield Proact Stadium 10,504
Dagenham & Redbridge London (Dagenham) Victoria Road 6,078
Dover Athletic Dover Crabble Athletic Ground 5,745
Eastleigh Eastleigh Ten Acres 5,250
Halifax Town Halifax The Shay 10,400
Hartlepool United Hartlepool Victoria Park 7,856
King's Lynn Town King's Lynn The Walks 8,200
Maidenhead United Maidenhead York Road 4,000
Notts County Nottingham Meadow Lane 19,588
Solihull Moors Solihull Damson Park 5,500
Stockport County Stockport Edgeley Park 10,852
Sutton United London (Sutton) Gander Green Lane 5,013
Torquay United Torquay Plainmoor 6,500
Wealdstone London (Ruislip) Grosvenor Vale 3,607
Weymouth Weymouth Bob Lucas Stadium 6,600
Woking Woking Kingfield Stadium 6,036
Wrexham Wrexham Racecourse Ground 10,771
Yeovil Town Yeovil Huish Park 9,566

Personnel and sponsoring

Team Manager1 Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt Sponsor
Aldershot Town Flag of England Danny Searle Flag of England George Fowler Adidas Bridges Estate Agents
Altrincham Flag of England Phil Parkinson Flag of England Jake Moult SK Kits J Davidson Ltd
Barnet Flag of England Peter Beadle Flag of England Callum Reynolds Jako Canon
Boreham Wood Flag of England Luke Garrard Flag of England Mark Ricketts Puma Barnet and Southgate College
Bromley Flag of England Neil Smith Flag of England Jack Holland Macron Southwark Metals
Chesterfield Flag of England Pemberton, JohnJohn Pemberton Flag of England Jonathan Smith Puma Technique Learning Solutions
Dagenham & Redbridge Flag of Republic Ireland Daryl McMahon Flag of England Kenny Clark Nike West & Coe
Dover Athletic Flag of England Andy Hessenthaler Flag of England Jack Munns Jako Exclusive Glazing
Eastleigh Flag of England Ben Strevens Flag of England Danny Hollands LAB Sports Utilita
Halifax Town Flag of England Pete Wild Flag of England Matty Brown Adidas Northern Powerhouse Developments (Home)
Pennine Pneumatic Services Ltd (Away)
Architectural Cladding Products Limited (Third)
Hartlepool United Flag of England Dave Challinor Flag of England Ryan Donaldson O'Neills Utility Alliance Limited
King's Lynn Flag of England Ian Culverhouse Flag of England Aaron Jones O'Neills Barsby Produce
Maidenhead United Flag of England Alan Devonshire Flag of England Alan Massey Uhlsport Utility Alliance Limited
Notts County Flag of England Neal Ardley Flag of Republic Ireland Michael Doyle Puma Sharpes of Nottingham
Solihull Moors Flag of England Shan, JamesJames Shan Flag of England Kyle Storer Surridge John Shepherd Estate Agents
Stockport County Flag of Republic Ireland Jim Gannon Flag of England Sam Minihan Joma Pioneer Group
Sutton United Flag of England Matt Gray Flag of England Jamie Collins Macron Angel Plastics
Torquay United Flag of England Gary Johnson Flag of England Asa Hall Nike No Sponsor
Wealdstone Flag of Republic Ireland Dean Brennan Flag of England Jerome Okimo Macron GPF Lewis
Weymouth Flag of Wales Brian Stock Flag of England Josh Wakefield Umbro Terras Family
Woking Flag of England Alan Dowson Flag of England Josh Casey Macron Abstract Plans
Wrexham Flag of England Dean Keates Flag of England Shaun Pearson Macron Ifor Williams Trailers
Yeovil Town Flag of England Darren Sarll Flag of England Lee Collins TAG Jones Building Group

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Barnet Darren Currie Resigned 12 August 2020 Pre-season Peter Beadle 22 August 2020
Weymouth Mark Molesley Signed by Southend United 13 August 2020 Brian Stock 4 September 2020
Chesterfield John Pemberton Sacked 18 November 2020 21st James Rowe 26 November 2020
Barnet Peter Beadle 13 December 2020 20th Tim Flowers 14 December 2020
Stockport County Jim Gannon 21 January 2021 4th Simon Rusk 27 January 2021
Wealdstone Dean Brennan Resigned 2 February 2021 18th Stuart Maynard 11 March 2021
Solihull Moors James Shan Sacked 10 March 2021 17th Mark Yates 11 March 2021
Barnet Tim Flowers 22nd Simon Bassey 7 April 2021
Notts County Neal Ardley 24 March 2021 6th Ian Burchnall 25 March 2021
Bromley Neil Smith 25 March 2021 7th Andy Woodman 29 March 2021

League table

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Sutton United  (C) (P) 42 25 9 8 72 36 +36 84 Promotion to
League Two
2 Torquay United 42 23 11 8 68 39 +29 80 Qualification to the
Qualified for the National League play-off semi-finals
3 Stockport County 42 21 14 7 69 32 +37 77
4 Hartlepool United  (P) (O) 42 22 10 10 66 43 +23 76 Qualified for the National League play-off qualifying round
5 Notts County 42 20 10 12 62 41 +21 70
6 Chesterfield 42 21 6 15 60 43 +17 69
7 Bromley 42 19 12 11 63 53 +10 69
8 Wrexham 42 19 11 12 64 43 +21 68
9 Eastleigh 42 18 12 12 49 40 +9 66
10 Halifax Town 42 19 8 15 63 54 +9 65
11 Solihull Moors 42 19 7 16 58 48 +10 64
12 Dagenham & Redbridge 42 17 9 16 53 48 +5 60
13 Maidenhead United 42 15 11 16 62 60 +2 56
14 Boreham Wood 42 13 16 13 52 48 +4 55
15 Aldershot Town 42 15 7 20 59 66 −7 52
16 Yeovil Town 42 15 7 20 58 68 −10 52
17 Altrincham 42 12 11 19 46 60 −14 47
18 Weymouth 42 11 6 25 45 71 −26 39
19 Wealdstone 42 10 7 25 49 99 −50 37
20 Woking 42 8 9 25 42 69 −27 33
21 King's Lynn Town 42 7 10 25 50 98 −48 31
22 Barnet 42 8 7 27 37 88 −51 31
23 Dover Athletic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Results expunged
24 Macclesfield Town 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Club folded

Source: National League official site
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round; (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament

a. Dover Athletic refused to play matches due to a lack of promised funding starting with their fixture on January 30. On 26 March 2021, it was announced the club would play no part in the rest of the season and all results would be expunged.
b. Macclesfield deducted 17 points for entering into an insolvency event the previous season, before being expelled from the league on 29 September 2020. At the time of their expulsion before the 2020-21 National League Season, they had played no matches.

Play-offs

Main article: 2021 National League play-offs
  Quarter-finals     Semi-finals     Final
                           
      2 Torquay United 4  
  5 Notts County 3     5 Notts County 2    
  6 Chesterfield 2         Torquay United
     
      3 Stockport County    
  4 Hartlepool United 3     4 Hartlepool United  
  7 Bromley 2  

Quarter-finals

5 June 2021 (2021-06-05) Notts County 3–2 Chesterfield Nottingham  
16:00 Wootton Goal 30'71'
Ellis Goal 90'
Report Rowe Goal 27'
Mandeville Goal 42'
Stadium: Meadow Lane
Referee: Tom Reeves
6 June 2021 (2021-06-06) Hartlepool United 3–2 Bromley Hartlepool  
16:00 Oates Goal 17'24'
Armstrong Goal 20'
Report Alabi Goal 48'
Webster Goal 90+3'
Stadium: Victoria Park
Referee: Lewis Smith

Semi-finals

12 June 2021 (2021-06-12) Torquay United 4–2 Notts County Torquay  
12:00 Wright Goal 1'48'
Hall Goal 102'
Moxey Goal 109' (pen.)
Report Rodrigues Goal 39'
Chicksen Goal 51'
Stadium: Plainmoor
Attendance: 1,709
Referee: Andrew Kitchen
13 June 2021 (2021-06-13) Stockport County v Hartlepool United Edgeley  
12:00 Stadium: Edgeley Park

Final

Main article: 2021 National League play-off Final
20 June 2021 (2021-06-20)
14:00
Torquay United v Ashton Gate Stadium
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