The 2015/16 season has rapidly come around and it sees the competition possess a new name – The Vanarama National League – and more new teams.
We welcome Tranmere Rovers for the first time, having come down from the Football League along with former members Cheltenham Town, who return following a 16-year gap and only 10 years since they were League Two play-off winners.
Also tasting football at the top of the non- League Pyramid for the first time are Guiseley AFC, Bromley and Boreham Wood, while Barrow AFC return after a two-year sojourn in the northern section.
Tranmere begin life outside of the Football League with a new manager in the vastly experienced Gary Brabin, who has managed at this level with the likes of Southport and Luton in the past.
And Rovers are one of several National League clubs who start the season with a new man at the helm, with Aldershot employing Scotsman Barry Smith, Braintree losing Alan Devonshire and hiring the successful Danny Cowley from National League South Concord Rangers, Gateshead with the vastly experienced Malcolm Crosby taking over from Gary Mills after he accepted the Wrexham post, and Torquay taking on Paul Cox, who took Mansfield up two years ago.
It’s been a busy close season on the player front with several clubs making wholesale changes to their squads, including FC Halifax, Lincoln, Wrexham, Gateshead and Aldershot.
Predictably the bookmakers don’t fancy Boreham Wood’s chances of staying beyond 2015/16, but Ian Allison is a shrewd boss and he has made some extremely good acquisitions.
Forest Green Rovers have flattered to deceive in recent seasons, but manager Ady Pennock has made some good signings, including improving his strike force considerably with Keanu Marsh-Brown and Aaron O’Connor moving into The New Lawn.
Grimsby Town came close to regaining their place in the League in 2014/15, losing the Promotion Final to Bristol Rovers in front of a record Wembley crowd, and they too have strengthened an already strong squad with some quality additions, including Andy Monkhouse, who played against them for Rovers in May, and the north section’s top scorer with 29 goals, Omar Bogle, signed for an undisclosed fee from Solihull Moors.
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