Next season will see York City and Dagenham & Redbridge reacquaint themselves with non-league football's top tier and Chester FC after the two were relegated from League Two.

Cheltenham Town bounced back at the first time of asking this season to secure a return to the Football League at the first time of asking, but Tranmere Rovers fared badly in their debut season in non-league football, missing out on the play-offs.

Both the Minstermen and the Daggers will be hoping to replicate the former and will have a financial boost going in to the new season, benefiting from a £474,000 parachute payment this season and a £237,000 windfall next season.

With the cash boost, voted for at Football League AGM in November last year to help relegated clubs cope with a drop in revenue after dropping into non-league football, both York and Dagenham are hotly tipped to challenge for promotion next season, making an already tough league even tougher for Chester and Jon McCarthy, himself a former York player.

Here's the low-down on the two teams who have fallen through the Football League trapdoor.


In John Still, the Daggers have a manager well versed in the art of promotion to the Football League, with the Londoner having achieved the feat three times, with Maidstone in 1989, Dagenham in 2007 and Luton Town in 2014.

He will no doubt be looking to secure the services of the core of last season's squad, although keeping hold of players of the calibre of Ashley Hemmings may prove problematic.

They also have the added bonus of a cash windfall from the sale of 18-year-old Jodi Jones to Coventry City for an undisclosed fee, meaning Still will likely have some clout when it comes to financing a challenge for a return to the Football League.

Manager: John Still

Key man: Ashley Hemmings

Last season: 23rd in League Two

Prediction: Play-off challengers

Dagenham & Redbridge were relegated from League Two last season
Dagenham & Redbridge were relegated from League Two last season


It's been a miserable season for York on the pitch as they dropped in to non-league football again, four years after they achieved promotion to the Football League via the play-offs.

Former Celtic player Jackie McNamara is the man at the helm for York and he has already starting planning for next season, offering fresh terms to four of last season's squad, with goalkeeper Michael Ingham, defender Dave Winfield and midfielders Luke Summerfield and captain Russell Penn all offered deals.

George Swan, Femi Ilesanmi, Taron Hare, Josh Carson, Kenny McEvoy, Michael Coulson, Emile Sinclair and Ben Hirst have been released while strikers Jake Hyde and Vadaine Oliver have been placed on the transfer list.

The parachute payment and continued backing from chairman Jason McGill will likely see them mount some kind of challenge but, with a manager with no non-league experience and sides such as Tranmere having the benefit of a season to adjust, it may not be all smooth sailing for the Minstermen.

Manager: Jackie McNamara

Key man: Russell Penn

Last season: 24th in League Two

Prediction: Fringes of the play-offs