The 2020–21 season was the 53rd season of the Northern Premier League. The league consists of three divisions, the Premier Division at Step 3 of the National League System, and the West and East Divisions at Step 4.

As the previous season was terminated due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with all results removed, there were no changes in the allocations of teams for the Northern Premier League. The planned restructuring of the National League System, including the expansion of the Northern Premier League to include a further division at Step 4, was postponed until 2021–22.

For this season it was announced to member clubs that the League Cup would not take place during the season.

Due to the restrictions on clubs' ability to play matches in the COVID-19 lockdowns, competitions at Steps 3–6 were curtailed on 24 February 2021. The scheduled restructuring of non-league will take place at the end of the season, with a new division to be added to Northern Premier League at Step 4 for 2021–22. This will result in 20 extra teams joining the league, either through promotions or reallocations, and some movement of teams currently in the two Division Ones.

Premier Division

Northern Premier League
Premier Division

2020–21
Season information
Season statistics
Previous season
Next season
 ← 2019–20
2021–22 → 

Premier Division comprised the same set of 22 teams which competed in the aborted competition the previous season. On 1 June 2020, Mickleover Sports were renamed Mickleover F.C.

Stadia and locations

Club Location Ground Capacity
Ashton United Ashton-under-Lyne Hurst Cross 4,500
Atherton Collieries Atherton Alder Street 2,500
Bamber Bridge Bamber Bridge Irongate 2,264
Basford United Nottingham (Basford) Greenwich Avenue 2,200
Buxton Buxton The Silverlands 5,200
FC United of Manchester Manchester (Moston) Broadhurst Park 4,400
Gainsborough Trinity Gainsborough The Northolme 4,304
Grantham Town Grantham South Kesteven Sports Stadium 7,500
Hyde United Hyde Ewen Fields 4,250
Lancaster City Lancaster Giant Axe 3,500
Matlock Town Matlock Causeway Lane 2,214
Mickleover Sports Derby (Mickleover) Station Road 1,500
Morpeth Town Morpeth Craik Park 1,500
Nantwich Town Nantwich The Weaver Stadium 3,500
Radcliffe Radcliffe Stainton Park 3,500
Scarborough Athletic Scarborough Flamingo Land Stadium 2,833
South Shields South Shields Mariners Park 3,500
Stafford Rangers Stafford Marston Road 4,000
Stalybridge Celtic Stalybridge Bower Fold 6,500
Warrington Town Warrington Cantilever Park 3,500
Whitby Town Whitby Turnbull Ground 3,500
Witton Albion Northwich Wincham Park 4,813

League table

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Ashton United 0 0 0 Promotion to the National League North
2 Atherton Collieries 0 0 0 Qualification for the Premier Division play-offs
3 Bamber Bridge 0 0 0
4 Basford United 0 0 0
5 Buxton 0 0 0
6 Gainsborough Trinity 0 0 0
7 Grantham Town 0 0 0
8 Hyde United 0 0 0
9 Lancaster City 0 0 0
10 Matlock Town 0 0 0
11 Mickleover Sports 0 0 0
12 Morpeth Town 0 0 0
13 Nantwich Town 0 0 0
14 Radcliffe 0 0 0
15 Scarborough Athletic 0 0 0
16 South Shields 0 0 0
17 Stafford Rangers 0 0 0
18 Stalybridge Celtic 0 0 0
19 Warrington Town 0 0 0
20 Whitby Town 0 0 0 Possible relegation to Northern Premier League West/East
21 Witton Albion 0 0 0 Relegation to the Northern Premier League West/East
22 F.C. United of Manchester 0 0 0

Source: NPL 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


Division One West

Northern Premier League
Division One West

2020–21
Season information
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2021–22 → 

The division was renamed to Division One North West instead of Division One West from the previous season. Division One North West comprised 19 teams, one fewer than the previous season, following Droylsden's resignation from NPL.

Stadia and locations

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Brighouse Town Brighouse St Giles Road 1,000
City of Liverpool Aintree New Bucks Park 3,750
Clitheroe Clitheroe Shawbridge 2,000
Colne Colne Holt House 1,800
Droylsden Droylsden Butcher's Arms Ground 3,000
Dunston UTS Dunston Wellington Road 2,500
Kendal Town Kendal Parkside Road 2,400
Marine Crosby Marine Travel Arena 3,185
Marske United Marske-by-the-Sea Mount Pleasant 2,500
Mossley Mossley Seel Park 4,000
Ossett United Ossett Ingfield 1,950
Pickering Town Pickering Mill Lane 2,000
Pontefract Collieries Pontefract Harratt Nissan Stadium 1,200
Prescot Cables Prescot Valerie Park 3,200
Ramsbottom United Ramsbottom The Harry Williams Riverside 2,000
Runcorn Linnets Runcorn Millbank Linnets Stadium 1,600
Tadcaster Albion Tadcaster Ings Lane 2,000
Trafford Urmston Shawe View 2,500
Widnes Widnes Select Security Stadium 13,350
Workington Workington Borough Park 3,101

League table

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Brighouse Town 0 0 0 Promotion to the
Premier Division
2 Template:Fb team City of Liverpool 0 0 0 Qualification for
Division One South & West play-offs
3 Clitheroe 0 0 0
4 Colne 0 0 0
5 Droylsden 0 0 0
6 Dunston UTS 0 0 0
7 Kendal Town 0 0 0
8 Marine 0 0 0
9 Marske United 0 0 0
10 Mossley 0 0 0
11 Ossett United 0 0 0
12 Pickering Town 0 0 0
13 Pontefract Collieries 0 0 0
14 Prescot Cables 0 0 0
15 Ramsbottom United 0 0 0
16 Runcorn Linnets 0 0 0
17 Tadcaster Albion 0 0 0
18 Trafford 0 0 0
19 Widnes 0 0 0 Relegation to
Level 9
20 Workington 0 0 0

Source: [ BBC Sport]
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


Division One East

Northern Premier League
Division One East

2020–21
Season information
Season statistics
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 ← 2019–20
2021–22 → 

Division One South East comprised the same set of 20 teams which competed in the aborted competition the previous season.

Stadia and locations

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Belper Town Belper Christchurch Meadow 2,650
Carlton Town Carlton Bill Stokeld Stadium 1,500
Chasetown Burntwood The Scholars Ground 2,000
Cleethorpes Town Grimsby Bradley Football Centre 1,000
Frickley Athletic South Elmsall Westfield Lane 2,087
Glossop North End Glossop The Amdec Forklift Stadium 1,350
Ilkeston Town Ilkeston New Manor Ground 3,029
Kidsgrove Athletic Kidsgrove The Autonet Insurance Stadium 2,000
Leek Town Leek Harrison Park 3,600
Lincoln United Lincoln Ashby Avenue 2,200
Loughborough Dynamo Loughborough Nanpantan Sports Ground 1,500
Market Drayton Town Market Drayton Greenfields Sports Ground 1,000
Newcastle Town Newcastle-under-Lyme Lyme Valley Stadium 4,000
Sheffield Dronfield Coach and Horses Ground 2,089
Spalding United Spalding Sir Halley Stewart Field 3,500
Stamford Stamford Borderville Sports Centre 2,000
Stocksbridge Park Steels Stocksbridge Bracken Moor 3,500
Sutton Coldfield Town Sutton Coldfield Central Ground 2,000
Wisbech Town Wisbech Fenland Stadium 1,118
Worksop Town Worksop Sandy Lane 2,500

League table

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Belper Town 0 0 0 Promotion to the
Premier Division
2 Carlton Town 0 0 0 Qualification for
Division One South & West play-offs
3 Chasetown 0 0 0
4 Cleethorpes Town 0 0 0
5 Frickley Athletic 0 0 0
6 Glossop North End 0 0 0
7 Ilkeston Town 0 0 0
8 Kidsgrove Athletic 0 0 0
9 Leek Town 0 0 0
10 Lincoln United 0 0 0
11 Loughborough Dynamo 0 0 0
12 Market Drayton Town 0 0 0
13 Newcastle Town 0 0 0
14 Sheffield 0 0 0
15 Spalding United 0 0 0
16 Stamford 0 0 0
17 Stocksbridge Park Steels 0 0 0
18 Sutton Coldfield Town 0 0 0
19 Wisbech Town 0 0 0 Relegation to
Level 9
20 Worksop Town 0 0 0

Source: [ BBC Sport]
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


Challenge Cup

Northern Premier League Challenge Cup
2020–21
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2021–22 → 

The 2020–21 Northern Premier League Challenge Cup, known as the 2020–21 Integro Doodson League Cup for sponsorship reasons, did not take place due to the coronavirus pandemic-originated lockdowns.

The defending champions were Trafford.

See also

External links

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