THE English football conference used to be the place for has-beens and never will bes. A succession of clubs scrabbling around the lower reaches of the professional game. No longer. Now there is money, professionalism and a large supporter base demonstrating the passion for English football conference results and the competition’s ever-changing rankings.
Over the years, there have been dozens of English football conference clubs who have reached the promised land of the senior game, so upsetting predictions of Jonahs anticipating an immediate return to obscurity; many have risen to the top of the rankings in League 2 and beyond.
Because the league is so unpredictable, football conference betting provides genuinely exciting fixtures. Virtually any online bookmaker will offer bets on who will finish as the English football conference leading scorer, best supported team and even the club likely to finish with the most yellow and red cards.
Stevenage Borough were the big news in the English football conference last season when they earned promotion to the professional ranks for the first time and they should be a good bet to remain there.
It follows that this season, football conference betting is as potentially profitable as ever.
Split into three divisions, the pinnacle of the game, and focus of most interest to those who engage in online bets, is the Conference National. Comprising 24 teams, many of the football conference England sides have seen better days with the likes of Cambridge United, Darlington, Luton, Mansfield, Wrexham, Grimsby and York having recently played at a much higher level. This clutch of teams are certain to dominate football conference betting.
But the likes of Fleetwood Town are a growing news story as they are building a new stadium and will be a full-time team this season, the bold predictor should look at their pre-season results and mark them down as a team worth a bet for football conference England success.
Of course, UK football has a rich tradition of the underdogs having their day and the likes of Tamworth, AFC Wimbledon and Histon will be determined to be among the front-runners of internet-based live football conference betting as they attempt to prove their ability.
As one respected football journalist said: "Football conference betting is a great opportunity and most online bookmakers will offer a wide range of free bets to their online customers.
"It's worth at looking at a bet at the leading three teams at the end of the season, but perhaps also marry your football conference betting with a successful run in the cups.
"These clubs are powerful, with plenty of financial muscle, and many of them would be more than capable of making a big impression on the lower leagues.
"If you have a free bet in hand when these cup matches come along, it's worth backing a non-league side. But when it comes to live football conference betting, stick with teams which have dropped out of the league, but have stayed full time. These will invariably be the favourites, but are, nonetheless, worth following.”