With Pre season just about to start and the football season soon back underway once football beings. Here at the Non-league scene we have picked out 5 conference teams to watch this season for various reasons.
Barnet FC returns to life in the conference at the start of life at a new home. The Bees have said goodbye to Underhill, which has been their home for a number of years and are now moving to a new stadium close to their training ground called the Hive.
Also it will be interesting to see how Edger David gets on as player/manager in the Conference- can the club make it back into the football league at the first attempt? All shall reveal shortly.
Just over three years ago Chester City FC was kicked out of the Conference and left to die. But the fans were not standing for this and quickly formed a new club called Chester FC, who started life in Step 4. After three successive title wins. As well as cursing to the Conference north title last season. The are back where they belong.
Will the club be able to make it four successive promotions? I highly doubt they will this season but you never know as has been proven the promoted teams do well as they come up on a high. Also the Cross-boarded derby (Chester v Wrexham) is back on this season and will be very interesting to see what happens in those games.
Forest Green Rovers
Could this be Forest Green Rovers year to get promoted out of the Conference Premier? The club, who are based in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire have quite a fairly large budget if you believe what the experts say about the club yet somehow they never seem to use this to their advantage.
Andy Mangan and Mango Vieira are no strangers to the title challenge having won it with Fleetwood in 2012 and will be looking to lead FGR into the glory of the Football League.
Last season for Luton in the league could be seen as a bit of an embarrassment for the Hatters of Luton Town FC. As they slumped to a 7th placed finish. Only the FA Cup run to the 5th round and a 1-0 win over Premier League boys Norwich at Carrow Road will have surely lifted the spirits of the fans at Kenilworth Road.
Despite a new season boss John Still does have massive pressure on his shoulders as he tries and to become the man to life Luton back into the football league where quite a lot of people believe that is where they rightly belong and may have still be there had the FA not docked 30 points off them at the start of the 2008-2009 season.
So close yet so far away for Kidderminster Harriers last season it will be interesting to see if Steve Burr and the lads can go one step better and win the Conference Premier title this season.
A lot has been said about the way the club went from the bottom to the top of the table and just missed out on the title before being hammered 5-2 by Wrexham on aggregate in the play off semi finals. However Burr has already been able to keep hold of Gash, Malbon, Lewis, Gowling and a host of other key players from last season while adding other key names such as Jamie Dance and Lee Fowler.
These are just 5 teams we have picked out there are another 21 teams we could have chosen from like Hyde, how will term two be in the Conference for them or Aldershot can they overturn the -10 deduction place on them at the start of the season? All will be reveled during the course of the season.