Our Opponents this Season

With the commencement of the 2024/25 Northern Premier League East Division fast approaching, here is where you can get to know all the teams competing in the league this season.

The division’s format has changed for this campaign; instead of 20 teams like in seasons prior, there will now be 22 clubs participating in the NPL East, allowing each side to play 42 games. 

Due to the rule change, six new sides will enter the division.

Here are all of the clubs playing in the NPL East for the 2024/25 campaign:

Ashington AFC

Based in Northumberland, Ashington AFC is the northernmost side in the Northern Premier League East. The Colliers play their home games at Woodhorn Lane and ended last season with a 14th-place finish.

Ground Address: Woodhorn Lane, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9FW

Belper Town

The Derbyshire outfit finished just outside the play-offs in the 2023/24 campaign as manager Lee Attenborough led the side to 6th place in the table.  The Nailers have twice before gained promotion to the Premier Division but never from Division One East. Belper hosts their fixtures at Christchurch Meadow.

Ground Address: Raygar Stadium, Bridge Street, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 1BA

Bishop Auckland

The Two Blues gained promotion from Northern League Division One as champions, accruing 100 points in the process. Chris Hardy’s men only tasted defeat twice in the league and netted a whopping 133 goals. They play out of Heritage Park in County Durham.

Ground Address: Heritage Park, Stadium Way, Bishop Auckland, Co Durham. DL14 9AE

Bradford Park Avenue

After suffering back-to-back relegations, the Bradford side find themselves competing in the Northern Premier League East this season. Their Head Coach, Macclesfield legend Danny Whitaker, took the reins at the Horsfall Stadium in December 2023 but failed to save the club from demotion.

Ground Address: Horsfall Community Stadium, Cemetery Road, Bradford, BD6 2NG

Bridlington Town

The Seasiders narrowly avoided relegation in the previous campaign after finishing level on points with 19th place Brighouse Town – Brid’s superior goal difference being the defining factor. Adrian Costello’s side are ready to commence their fourth consecutive season in the division.

Ground Address: The Hudgell Solicitor Stadium, Queensgate, Bridlington, East Yorkshire, YO16 7LN

Brighouse Town

The Town has been given another chance in the Northern Premier League East despite finishing 19th last time. Following Marske United’s resignation from the NPL, the West Yorkshire outfit was reprieved from relegation. Coached by Grant Black, Brighouse play their home matches at St Giles Road.

Ground Address: Heffernan Utilities Stadium, St Giles Road, Brighouse, HD6 2PL

Carlton Town

A defeat against Stockton Town in the play-off semi-final saw Carlton Town’s promotion hopes quashed last season. A 5th place finish cemented the Nottinghamshire club as the best of the rest. The Bill Stokefield Stadium in Gedling is what The Millers call home, and they are the southern-most side in this year’s division.

Ground Address: Bill Stokeld Stadium, Stoke Lane, Gedling, Nottinghamshire, NG4 2QS

Cleethorpes Town

A comfortable previous campaign saw The Owls finish 9th. However, only four teams in the division ended with a better goal difference, all of which finished in the top four places. The Grimsby side are led by Craig Rouse, and any side travelling away to Cleethorpes this season will be greeted by the fans at Linden Club.

Ground Address: The Linden Club, Clee Road, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN32 8QL

Consett AFC

Another side out of County Durham, Consett play their home matches at the Belle View Stadium, which boasts the largest capacity (3,770) in the NPL East. The Steelmen finished 12th last season and are coached by Tony Fawcett.

Ground Address: Belle View Stadium, Delves Lane, Consett, County Durham, DH8 7BF

Dunston

It was a heartbreaking end to Dunston’s 2023/24 campaign after they were defeated by Stockton Town 5-3 on penalties after partaking in a riveting 4-4 draw in the play-off final. The Feds will begin this season without star striker Jack Maskell, as the youngster completed a transfer to Darlington FC after netting 22 goals in the league. They play at Wellington Road in Gateshead.

Ground Address: UTS Stadium, Wellington Road, Dunston, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE11 9JL

Emley AFC

It has been a resounding past two years for The Pewits, first winning the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup in 2023 to gaining promotion to the NPL East after winning the NCEL Premier Division last season. The side plays in claret and blue and will host at the Welfare Ground in Emley.

Ground Address: Fantastic Media Welfare Ground, off Upper Lane, Emley, Nr Huddersfield, HD8 9RE

Garforth Town

The Miners are also part of the newly promoted club, gaining promotion from the NCEL Premier Division. Finishing in third, the Leeds-based team reached the NPL East through the play-offs after trumping Rossington Main 4-2 in a dramatic penalty shootout. Garforth Town resides at Ground Address: Wheatley Park. Bannister Prentice Stadium, Cedar Ridge, Garforth, West Yorks, LS25 2PF

Grimsby Borough

Since gaining promotion to the NPL East in 2022, The Wilderness Boys have resided in the mid-table for consecutive seasons, with an 11th-placed finish last time around. Manager Daniel Barrett has been with the club since May 2016 and recently extended his contract by signing for another 12 months. The Grimsby outfit will host their opposition at the Bradley Football Development Centre.

Ground Address: Bradley Football Development Centre, Bradley Road, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN37 0AG

Heaton Stannington

Located in Newcastle upon Tyne, the Stan achieved promotion to the NPL East last season from the Northern League Division One after cruising to a 3-0 victory against West Auckland Town in the play-off final. The side plays at Grounsell Park, named after club legend Bob Grounsell and was built on a disused quarry.

Ground Address: Heaton Stannington AFC, Grounsell Park, Newton Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE7 7HP

Newton Aycliffe

A largely positive 2023/24 season saw the Newtonians finish seventh, just five points adrift of a play-off spot. Brian Atkinson’s side reached the eighth tier of English football after winning promotion in 2023. Their home ground is at the Securicorp Stadium, located to the north of Darlington.

Ground Address: Newton Aycliffe Sports Club, Moore Lane, Newton Aycliffe, Durham, DL5 5AG

North Ferriby

Founded in 2019 after North Ferriby United folded, The Villagers are the most newly formed side in the NPL East, starting their journey in the NCEL Premier Division. The club finished 8th last season and is managed by northern non-league veteran Chris Boulder. Their home matches are played at the Dransfield Stadium.

Ground Address: The Dransfield Stadium, Grange Lane, North Ferriby, East Yorkshire, HU14 3AB

Ossett United

Another relative newcomer to the English football pyramid is Ossett United, formed in 2018 following a merger between Ossett Albion and Ossett Town. Despite their short time frame, the Ramicorns have been a prevalent feature in the NPL East, drawing the curtain with a 16th-place finish last campaign. The West Yorkshire outfit play their home ties at Ingfield.

Ground Address: Ingfield Stadium, Prospect Road, Ossett, West Yorkshire, WF5 9HL

Pontefract Collieries

Defeat in the play-off semi-final at the hands of Dunston saw The Colls’ promotion charge come to an abrupt end. The match finished 2-0, and another blow was dealt when manager Craig Rouse departed to join fellow NPL East side, Cleethorpes Town. Rouse’s Assistant Manager, Jimmy Williams, has stepped into the dugout at Beechnut Lane for the upcoming season.

Ground Address: The Hunters Stadium, Beechnut Lane, Pontefract, WF8 4FU

Sheffield FC

Most famously regarded as the oldest existing club still playing football, Sheffield FC remain in the NPL East for the 2024/25 season. The club was issued a FIFA Order of Merit award in 2004, one of two clubs to boast this prize – the other being Real Madrid. The club ended last campaign in 13th place and played their home games at The Home of Football Ground in Derbyshire.

Ground Address: The Home of Football Stadium, Sheffield Road, Dronfield, Derbyshire, S18 2GD

Sherwood Colliery

The Wood complete the last of the newly promoted sides in this season’s NPL East division, becoming champions in the UCEL Premier North Division to get there. However, the club were denied further success as they were defeated 2-1 by Wellingborough in the UCL Champions Cup final. Sherwood’s promotion means Debdale Park will be a new ground on the 2024/25 campaign roster.

Ground Address: Debdale Park, Debdale Lane, Mansfield, Woodhouse, NG19 7NS

Stocksbridge Park Steels

A disappointing previous season ended with The Steels in 15th place. Ian Richards remains in the dugout for his fourth year in charge of the Sheffield-based club, keen to improve upon the club’s recent poor form. Richards will be hoping to channel the support of the Bracken Moor faithful as the new season gets underway.

Ground Address: Bracken Moor Lane, Stocksbridge, Sheffield, S36 2AN

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