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Jun 25, 2012, 8:57 AM
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I had never heard of any seeding so just carried this out research to see if I could identify the seeds.
A good team on line 1 would be obvious but if there were 2nd & 3rd seeds, which are only a suggestion
because of what that seasons figures produced, then they may not have been so readily noticed on other lines.
Some geographical variation, where possible, from season to season, would make sense too
although in the extremities of the N.E. & S.W. that would be difficult. I think there were various
periods when Bideford regularly met Barnstaple and then Bideford regularly met Falmouth.
For the following season (1985-86) 5 clubs were elevated to exemption status - Bognor, Farnborough & Frickley
had all been on line 7 in Q1 in 1984-85, Burton line 6 and Whitby line 2.
There were 8 Gola (Conference) League sides not exempted in 1984-85.
Four were on line 6, 3 were on line 7 and the other was on line 2.
Six exempted clubs in 1984-85 lost that status for the following season (the extra team being because of
the adjustment made to give the Trophy finalists exemption to the first round). Three of those clubs
went on to line 6 in Q1, two on to line 7 and the other on to line 4.
The seeded lines were also varied from season to season.
For 1984-85 in each division it was (in divisional order)
Line 7 -
Billingham, Blyth, Bishop Auckland, North Shields, Barrow, Morecambe, Frickley, Accrington, Chorley,
Horwich, Eastwood, Grantham, Gainsborough, Bridgnorth, Bedworth, Oxford C, Alvechurch, Corby
Billericay, Basildon, Buckingham, Hendon, Fisher, Corinthian C, Crawley, Carshalton, Ashford (Kt),
Hastings, Dulwich, Bognor, Farnborough, Fareham, Poole, Barry, Cheltenham, Bath.
26 of the 36 (underlined) appear in the seeded lists again the following season (see below)
and a further 3 (Frickley, Bognor & Farnborough) were elevated to exempted status.
Line 2 -
Horden, Tow Law, Whitley Bay, Whitby, Marine, Southport, Rhyl, Witton, South Liverpool,
Winsford, Matlock, Worksop, Shepshed, Stafford, Willenhall, Sutton Coldfield, Rugby, Wellingborough,
March, Harlow, Hayes, Wealdstone, Hitchin, Welling, Walthamstow, Staines, Worthing,
Wareham, Tooting, Wokingham, Totton, Slough, Witney, Highgate, Trowbridge, Minehead.
23 of the 36 (underlined) appear in the seeded lists again the following season (see below)
and a further 2 (Whitby & Wealdstone, the latter as Trophy finalists) were elevated to exempted status.
Line 6 -
Gateshead, South Bank, Gretna, Spennymoor, Buxton, Runcorn, Oswestry, Hyde, Congleton,
Stalybridge, Goole, Sutton T, Nuneaton, Kidderminster, Burton, Oldbury, Leamington, Kings Lynn,
Lowestoft, Chelmsford, Chesham, Sutton U, Hampton, Leytonstone, Folkestone, Sittingbourne, Croydon,
Leatherhead, Gravesend, Epsom, Gosport, Road Sea, Waterlooville, Gloucester, Merthyr, Frome.
24 of the 36 (underlined) appear in the seeded lists again the following season (see below)
and another 1 (Burton) was elevated to exempted status.
Looking at the following season (1985-86)
Line 6 again looks strong -
Barrow, Scarborough, Gateshead, Morecambe, Workington, Runcorn, Chorley, Horwich, Hyde,
Marine, Witton, Worksop, Gainsborough, Shepshed, Dudley, Willenhall, Bedworth, Corby,
Alvechurch, Gorleston, Tring, Aylesbury, Billericay, Harrow, Hayes, Hendon, Slough,
Carshalton, Canterbury, Croydon, Met. Police, Basingstoke, Hungerford, Forest Green, Chippenham, Merthyr.
23 of the 36 (underlined) had appeared in the seeded lists the previous season (see above)
and a further 3 (Scarborough, Workington & Harrow) had just lost their exempted status.
Line 7 has -
Blue Star, Ryhope, South Bank, Tow Law, Penrith, Burscough, Southport, Rhyl, Oswestry,
Goole, Denaby, Alfreton, Bridgnorth, Halesowen, Hednesford, Moor Green, Witney, Hitchin,
Barking, Harlow, Wembley, Grays, Chelmsford, Egham, Leatherhead, Sutton U, Staines,
Kingstonian, Sittingbourne, Dulwich, Worthing, Fareham, Oxford C, Gloucester, Barry, Bath.
21 of the 36 (underlined) had appeared in the seeded lists the previous season (see above)
and a further 2 (Penrith & Barking) had just lost their exempted status.
Line 4 looks to be the third seeded line (if there was such a thing) -
Bishop Auckland, Blyth, Chester le Street, Gretna, North Shields, Mossley, Stalybridge, Formby, Winsford,
Buxton, South Liverpool, Matlock, Grantham, Stafford, Kidderminster, Nuneaton, Stourbridge, Rugby,
Kings Lynn, Heybridge, Walthamstow, Aveley, Buckingham, Crawley, Fisher, Gravesend, Welling,
Hastings, Epsom, Folkestone, Tooting, Wokingham, Gosport, Frome, Cheltenham, Clevedon T.
29 of the 36 (underlined) had appeared in the seeded lists the previous season (see above)
and another 1 (Mossley) had just lost their exempted status.
So a total of 79 of the 108 listed each season were seeded or exempted in both seasons.
Is that statistically robust enough to indicate that such a system was in operation?