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Athenian League history 1969-1984 - re-saved


The stability of the previous few years in the Athenian League continued into the 1970s, with the 1969-1970 season very much ‘business as usual’. There were, however, major changes about to take place in the non-league game in the South-East, with the end of amateurism possibly a significant factor in what happened.

 

For the Athenian League these changes were to have dramatic effects, making the ’69-’70 campaign a sort of ‘calm before the storm’. By the time Bishop’s Stortford won the last F.A. Amateur Cup Final on April 20th, 1974, the Athenian League was down to two divisions and a membership of a little over 30 clubs. Three departures, to join the Isthmian League, in 1971 provided the first sign of what was about to happen, but, with only one team making the same switch 12 months later, things did not appear too serious. At the end of the 1972-1973 season, however, 14 Athenian League sides left the competition and moved to the Isthmian League. This was not the end for the Athenians, but it represented a significant blow to the competition’s prestige.

 

By 1975 six more clubs had moved from the Athenian League to the Isthmian League. Exactly what went ‘behind closed doors’ during this period is unknown – and can only be guessed at. The loss of the majority of its stronger clubs left the Athenian League a ‘weaker’ competition – and this is without taking into consideration the playing staffs that teams were able to put together. ‘The future’ for ambitious clubs, and players, lay, it seemed, with the Isthmian League and that could only mean more movement from the Athenian League. The trend was probably irreversible by the end of the 1974-1975 season with which this page closes.

 

1969-1970

 

PREMIER DIVISION

  1. BISHOP’S STORTFORD                 30  20   5   5  72  33  45

  2. WALTON & HERSHAM                   30  16   8   6  56  32  40

  3. DAGENHAM                           30  15   9   6  62  22  39

  4. SLOUGH TOWN                        30  15   9   6  52  21  39

  5. LEATHERHEAD                        30  15   9   6  51  29  39

  6. REDHILL                            30  17   5   8  48  36  39

  7. HAYES                              30  11   9  10  47  45  31

  8. TILBURY                            30  10   9  11  48  43  29

  9. CHESHUNT                           30   9   9  12  33  30  27

 10. HARWICH & PARKESTON                30   7  12  11  44  43  26

 11. SOUTHALL                           30  10   6  14  32  47  26

 12. GRAYS ATHLETIC                     30   9   8  13  26  40  26

 13. WEMBLEY                            30   9   7  14  34  46  25

 14. MAIDENHEAD UNITED                  30   6   9  15  29  54  21

 15. FINCHLEY                           30   7   5  18  30  73  19

 16. EASTBOURNE UNITED                  30   3   3  24  27  97   9

  (480 179 122 179 691 691 480)

 

Finchley and Eastbourne United were relegated to Division 1.

 

DIVISION 1

  1. LEWES                              30  20   5   5  59  20  45

  2. BOREHAM WOOD                       30  20   5   5  66  27  45

  3. ERITH & BELVEDERE                  30  15   9   6  59  33  39

  4. AVELEY                             30  16   5   9  65  44  37

  5. HERTFORD TOWN                      30  14   6  10  43  31  34

  6. HARLOW TOWN                        30  15   4  11  53  47  34

  7. CHESHAM UNITED                     30  11  10   9  53  43  32

  8. DORKING                            30  10  10  10  39  37  30

  9. CARSHALTON ATHLETIC                30  11   7  12  39  39  29

 10. HOUNSLOW                           30  11   5  14  37  43  27

 11. AYLESBURY UNITED                   30   9   8  13  38  50  26

 12. HORNCHURCH                         30   8   9  13  30  36  25

 13. WOKINGHAM TOWN                     30   9   7  14  34  51  25

 14. LETCHWORTH TOWN                    30   8   5  17  41  74  21

 15. WARE                               30   4   9  17  35  81  17

 16. CROYDON AMATEURS                   30   5   4  21  28  63  14

  (480 186 108 186 719 719 480)

 

Lewes and Boreham Wood were promoted to the Premier Division. Ware and Croydon Amateurs were relegated to Division 2.

 

DIVISION 2

  1. HORSHAM                            30  19   9   2  68  30  47

  2. EDMONTON                           30  20   4   6  85  34  44

  3. HERNE BAY                          30  18   5   7  69  34  41

  4. EASTBOURNE                         30  17   7   6  48  26  41

  5. MARLOW                             30  13   9   8  51  39  35

  6. UXBRIDGE                           30  13   8   9  49  40  34

  7. RAINHAM TOWN                       30  11  11   8  42  39  33

  8. EDGWARE TOWN                       30  10  10  10  38  38  30

  9. LEYTON                             30  12   5  13  50  64  29

 10. WORTHING                           30   9   9  12  39  44  27

 11. WINDSOR & ETON                     30   7  13  10  34  40  27

 12. HEMEL HEMPSTEAD TOWN               30  10   4  16  36  50  24

 13. WINGATE                            30   7   8  15  36  56  22

 14. HARROW BOROUGH                     30   4   8  18  38  67  16

 15. EPSOM & EWELL                      30   5   6  19  22  55  16

 16. RUISLIP MANOR                      30   4   6  20  33  82  14

  (480 179 122 179 738 738 480)

 

Horsham and Edmonton were promoted to Division 1.

 

1970-1971

 

PREMIER DIVISION

  1. DAGENHAM                           30  23   5   2  54  19  51

  2. WALTON & HERSHAM                   30  20   7   3  56  21  47

  3. SLOUGH TOWN                        30  17   7   6  48  21  41

  4. CHESHUNT                           30  18   3   9  48  34  39

  5. MAIDENHEAD UNITED                  30  14   8   8  53  29  36

  6. LEATHERHEAD                        30  14   6  10  45  31  34

  7. TILBURY                            30  13   4  13  48  44  30

  8. HAYES                              30  11   7  12  43  41  29

  9. LEWES                              30  11   6  13  42  42  28

 10. BOREHAM WOOD                       30   9   9  12  39  41  27

 11. REDHILL                            30  10   7  13  36  48  27

 12. BISHOP’S STORTFORD                 30  11   4  15  45  61  26

 13. HARWICH & PAKESTON                 30   8   6  16  43  62  22

 14. WEMBLEY                            30   4   8  18  33  62  16

 15. GRAYS ATHLETIC                     30   7   2  21  27  68  16

 16. SOUTHALL                           30   4   3  23  17  53  11

  (480 194 92 194 677 677 480)

 

Bishop’s Stortford, Hayes and Walton & Hersham all left to join the Isthmian League.

 

DIVISION 1

  1. AVELEY                             30  18   8   4  59  24  44

  2. ERITH & BELVEDERE                  30  19   6   5  67  34  44

  3. HORNCHURCH                         30  18   5   7  54  30  41

  4. HORSHAM                            30  16   6   8  62  36  38

  5. CARSHALTON ATHLETIC                30  15   6   9  51  35  36

  6. HERTFORD TOWN                      30  12  10   8  55  42  34

  7. WOKINGHAM TOWN                     30  13   8   9  39  32  34

  8. EDMONTON                           30  15   3  12  50  54  33

  9. DORKING                            30  11   9  10  36  40  31

 10. AYLESBURY UNITED                   30  11   7  12  45  47  29

 11. FINCHLEY                           30   8  12  10  29  33  28

 12. HARLOW TOWN                        30   6   9  15  35  54  21

 13. CHESHAM UNITED                     30   7   5  18  37  57  19

 14. LETCHWORTH TOWN                    30   7   4  19  30  62  18

 15. EASTBOURNE UNITED                  30   5   6  19  26  57  16

 16. HOUNSLOW                           30   4   6  20  25  63  14

  (480 185 110 185 700 700 480)

 

Aveley, Erith & Belvedere and Hornchurch were promoted to the Premier Division.

 

DIVISION 2

  1. HERNE BAY                          30  22   3   5  76  38  47

  2. CROYDON AMATEURS                   30  20   4   6  78  24  44

  3. MARLOW                             30  18   7   5  54  29  43

  4. WINDSOR & ETON                     30  14   7   9  52  39  35

  5. WORTHING                           30  14   6  10  49  35  34

  6. WARE                               30  13   6  11  53  46  32

  7. UXBRIDGE                           30  14   4  12  54  50  32

  8. EASTBOURNE                         30  12   5  13  41  42  29

  9. RAINGHAM TOWN                      30   9   8  13  39  46  26

 10. RUISLIP MANOR                      30  10   6  14  29  37  26

 11. EDGWARE TOWN                       30   9   8  13  44  58  26

 12. HARROW BOROUGH                     30   8   9  13  32  39  25

 13. HEMEL HEMPSTEAD TOWN               30   9   7  14  43  56  25

 14. WINGATE                            30   9   6  15  36  57  24

 15. LEYTON                             30   9   4  17  40  61  22

 16. EPSOM & EWELL                      30   3   4  23  23  86  10

  (480 193 94 193 743 743 480)

 

Herne Bay, Croydon Amateurs and Marlow were promoted to Division 1. Addlestone, Hampton and Staines Town joined the Athenina League. Eastbourne became ‘Eastbourne Town’, while Hemel Hempstead Town merged with Hemel Hempstead United as ‘Hemel Hempstead’.  

 

1971-1972

 

PREMIER DIVISION

  1. SLOUGH TOWN                        30  22   4   4  60  17  48

  2. DAGENHAM                           30  19   5   6  61  27  43

  3. LEATHERHEAD                        30  16   8   6  56  29  40

  4. TILBURY                            30  15   9   6  62  46  39

  5. HARWICH & PARKESTON                30  14   9   7  47  40  37

  6. MAIDENHEAD UNITED                  30  13   8   9  38  31  34

  7. REDHILL                            30  11  10   9  51  35  32

  8. CHESHUNT                           30  10  11   9  43  37  31

  9. AVELEY                             30  12   6  12  46  37  30

 10. HORNCHURCH                         30  10   8  12  39  38  28

 11. BOREHAM WOOD                       30  11   6  13  40  45  28

 12. LEWES                              30  10   8  12  48  52  28

 13. ERITH & BELVEDERE                  30   9   8  13  39  54  26

 14. SOUTHALL                           30   5   9  16  25  49  19

 15. WEMBLEY                            30   3   5  22  26  58  11

 16. GRAYS ATHLETIC                     30   1   4  25  25 111   6

  (480 181 118 181 706 706 480)

 

Leatherhead left to join the Isthmian League. Grays Athletic were relegated to Division 1.

 

DIVISION 1

  1. HARLOW TOWN                        30  22   5   3  96  40  49

  2. CROYDON AMATEURS                   30  20   6   4  77  25  46

  3. HORSHAM                            30  17   6   7  59  34  40

  4. CARSHALTON ATHLETIC                30  16   7   7  57  37  39

  5. MARLOW                             30  12  11   7  53  41  35

  6. HERTFORD TOWN                      30  16   3  11  58  49  35

  7. FINCHLEY                           30  12   9   9  43  43  33

  8. CHESHAM UNITED                     30  12   8  10  45  33  32

  9. EASTBOURNE UNITED                  30  10   8  12  48  51  28

 10. HERNE BAY                          30  10   8  12  43  51  28

 11. DORKING                            30  10   6  14  48  62  26

 12. EDMONTON                           30   9   7  14  47  61  25

 13. WOKINGHAM TOWN                     30   7   6  17  30  51  20

 14. LETCHWORTH TOWN                    30   5   6  19  34  61  16

 15. AYLESBURY UNITED                   30   4   8  18  42  90  16

 16. HOUNSLOW                           30   3   6  21  33  84  12

  (480 185 110 185 813 813 480)

 

Harlow Town and Croydon Amateurs were promoted to the Premier Division. Hertford Town left to move to the Eastern Counties League.

 

DIVISION 2

  1. STAINES TOWN                       30  22   7   1  76  24  51

  2. WORTHING                           30  18   5   7  54  29  41

  3. HAMPTON                            30  17   6   7  57  32  40

  4. WINDSOR & ETON                     30  17   5   8  51  35  39

  5. ADDLESTONE                         30  17   4   9  47  35  38

  6. WARE                               30  16   2  12  45  41  34

  7. HEMEL HEMPSTEAD                    30  14   5  11  40  37  33

  8. EDGWARE TOWN                       30  13   5  12  56  46  31

  9. LEYTON                             30  12   7  11  46  46  31

 10. UXBRIDGE                           30  10   8  12  34  36  28

 11. RUISLIP MANOR                      30   9   4  17  41  51  22

 12. EASTBOURNE TOWN                    30   5  12  13  24  42  22

 13. HARROW BOROUGH                     30   7   6  17  27  47  20

 14. WINGATE                            30   8   3  19  33  72  19

 15. RAINHAM TOWN                       30   5   7  18  34  60  17

 16. EPSOM & EWELL                      30   5   4  21  26  58  14

  (480 195 90 195 691 691 480)

 

Staines Town and Worthing were promoted to Division 1. Edgware Town became ‘Edgware’.

 

1972-1973

 

PREMIER DIVISION

  1. SLOUGH TOWN                        30  22   4   4  74  23  48

  2. DAGENHAM                           30  17   9   4  47  18  43

  3. TILBURY                            30  17   9   4  57  35  43

  4. HARLOW                             30  18   5   7  54  31  41

  5. ERITH & BELVEDERE                  30  14   8   8  35  28  36

  6. HARWICH & PARKESTON                30  11  10   9  44  38  32

  7. AVELEY                             30  11  10   9  34  34  32

  8. CHESHUNT                           30  13   6  11  36  36  32

  9. MAIDENHEAD UNITED                  30  12   6  12  43  41  30

 10. SOUTHALL                           30  12   5  13  30  38  29

 11. BOREHAM WOOD                       30   9   7  14  30  34  25

 12. LEWES                              30   5  11  14  28  45  21

 13. CROYDON AMATEURS                   30   5  11  14  21  37  21

 14. HORNCHURCH                         30   6   6  18  23  45  18

 15. REDHILL                            30   3   9  18  20  49  15

 16. WEMBLEY                            30   4   6  20  26  70  14

  (480 179 122 179 602 602 480)

 

Aveley, Dagenham, Harlow Town, Harwich & Parkeston, Maidenhead United, Southall, Slough Town and Tilbury all switched to the Isthmian League. Croydon Amateurs became ‘Croydon’.

 

DIVISION 1

  1. HORSHAM                            30  24   3   3  74  24  51

  2. STAINES TOWN                       30  20   3   7  54  32  43

  3. GRAYS ATHLETIC                     30  16   5   9  33  27  37

  4. HOUNSLOW                           30  13   7  10  49  36  33

  5. WOKINGHAM TOWN                     30  11   7  12  51  47  29

  6. CARSHALTON ATHLETIC                30  11   7  12  41  42  29

  7. EASTBOURNE UNITED                  30  11   7  12  32  38  29

  8. LETCHWORTH TOWN                    30  10   9  11  32  43  29

  9. MARLOW                             30  11   6  13  40  38  28

 10. CHESHAM UNITED                     30  11   5  14  41  41  27

 11. EDMONTON                           30   9   9  12  41  45  27

 12. FINCHLEY                           30  10   6  14  43  46  26

 13. HERNE BAY                          30  10   6  14  45  62  26

 14. WORTHING                           30   7  10  13  29  42  24

 15. AYLESBURY UNITED                   30   8   6  16  38  58  22

 16. DORKING                            30   6   8  16  26  48  20

  (480 188 104 188 669 669 480)

 

Carshalton Athletic, Chesham United, Finchley, Horsham, Staines Town and Wokingham Town joined the exodus to the Isthmian League. The remaining clubs were promoted to the top division, apart from Aylesbury United and Dorking, who both remained in the second level section. Edmonton became ‘Edmonton & Haringey’.

 

DIVISION 2

  1. RUISLIP MANOR                      26  18   6   2  51  20  42

  2. HAMPTON                            26  14   8   4  39  20  36

  3. WARE                               26  14   8   4  61  38  36

  4. LEYTON                             26  14   7   5  52  22  35

  5. EDGWARE                            26  11  10   5  32  20  32

  6. RAINHAM TOWN                       26  10  11   5  46  36  31

  7. UXBRIDGE                           26  13   4   9  42  27  30

  8. ADDLESTONE                         26  11   7   8  42  28  29

  9. HARROW BOROUGH                     26  12   5   9  43  30  29

 10. HEMEL HEMPSTEAD TOWN               26   5   7  14  26  53  17

 11. WINDSOR & ETON                     26   5   4  17  29  54  14

 12. EASTBOURNE TOWN                    26   6   2  18  24  51  14

 13. EPSOM & EWELL                      26   4   6  16  24  54  14

 14. WINGATE                            26   2   1  23  21  79   5

  (364 139 86 139 532 532 364)

 

Ruislip Manor and Ware were promoted to the top section of the Athenian League. Hampton moved to the Isthmian League and Epsom & Ewell also left. The remaining 10 clubs joined the Athenian League’s newly-constituted second section. Four other clubs joined this new section – Alton Town, Faversham, Feltham Town and Molesey.

 

1973-1974

 

Division 1

  1. BOREHAM WOOD                       34  25   6   3  68  20  56

  2. CHESHUNT                           34  18  11   5  58  24  47

  3. RUISLIP MANOR                      34  18  10   6  61  29  46

  4. WARE                               34  16   8  10  55  47  40

  5. HORNCHURCH                         34  15   9  10  48  44  39

  6. CROYDON (-2)                       34  14  12   8  49  34  38

  7. ERITH & BELVEDERE                  34  14   9  11  41  32  37

  8. EDMONTON & HARINGEY                34  12  12  10  40  35  36

  9. HOUNSLOW                           34  13   9  12  55  46  35

 10. WORTHING                           34  14   7  13  47  51  35

 11. LEWES                              34  11  12  11  50  43  34

 12. REDHILL                            34  13   8  13  46  45  34

 13. GRAYS ATHLETIC                     34   8  12  14  34  40  28

 14. WEMBLEY                            34  11   6  17  42  55  28

 15. EASTBOURNE UNITED                  34   8   9  17  34  60  25

 16. MARLOW                             34   8   6  20  23  48  22

 17. LETCHWORTH TOWN                    34   7   7  20  28  56  21

 18. HERNE BAY                          34   1   7  26  16  86   9

  (612 226 160 226 795 795 610)

 

Boreham Wood and Croydon moved to the Isthmian League, while Herne Bay switched to the Kent League.

 

Division 2

  1. ALTON TOWN                         30  19   7   4  54  23  45

  2. RAINHAM TOWN                       30  17   7   6  48  33  41

  3. LEYTON                             30  14  11   5  55  30  39

  4. UXBRIDGE                           30  14  11   5  36  23  39

  5. FAVERSHAM TOWN                     30  14   7   9  47  31  35

  6. WINGATE                            30  15   5  10  42  37  35

  7. MOLESEY                            30  15   5  10  36  33  35

  8. HARROW BOROUGH                     30  11   9  10  44  37  31

  9. ADDLESTONE                         30  12   5  13  41  38  29

 10. AYLESBURY UNITED                   30   8  10  12  42  45  26

 11. HEMEL HEMPSTEAD                    30   8   9  13  37  41  25

 12. EDGWARE                            30   9   6  15  33  54  24

 13. EASTBOURNE TOWN                    30   8   7  15  31  46  23

 14. FELTHAM                            30   7   5  18  29  50  19

 15. DORKING                            30   5   7  18  38  67  17

 16. WINDSOR & ETON                     30   6   5  19  25  50  17

  (480 182 116 182 638 638 480)

 

Alton Town, Rainham Town and Leyton were promoted to Division 1. Dorking left the Athenian League, to which Egham Town, Epping Town and Willesden were admitted.

 

1974-1975

 

Division 1

  1. LETCHWORTH TOWN                    34  21   7   6  63  32  49

  2. WEMBLEY                            34  18  12   4  57  26  48

  3. GRAYS ATHLETIC                     34  20   7   7  68  35  47

  4. CHESHUNT                           34  16  10   8  57  43  42

  5. LEWES                              34  15  11   8  60  39  41

  6. ALTON TOWN                         34  15  10   9  59  42  40

  7. HORNCHURCH                         34  14  11   9  48  39  39

  8. RUISLIP MANOR                      34  13   9  12  42  43  35

  9. ERITH & BELVEDERE                  34  11  11  12  55  38  33

 10. REDHILL                            34  11  10  13  45  44  32

 11. EDMONTON & HARINGEY                34  11  10  13  51  53  32

 12. WARE                               34  12   8  14  59  68  32

 13. MARLOW                             34   9  12  13  33  50  30

 14. RAINHAM TOWN                       34  10   9  15  39  47  29

 15. HOUNSLOW                           34  12   4  18  52  75  28

 16. WORTHING                           34  10   7  17  46  64  27

 17. LEYTON                             34   7   6  21  30  53  20

 18. EASTBOURNE UNITED                  34   2   4  28  21  94   8

  (612 227 158 227 885 885 612)

 

Hornchurch, Ware and Wembley moved to the Isthmian League. Eastbourne United were relegated to Division 2.  Leyton merged with Wingate to form ‘Leyton-Wingate’.

 

Division 2

  1. EGHAM TOWN                         28  18   5   5  51  22  41

  2. ADDLESTONE                         28  18   4   6  54  23  40

  3. WINGATE                            28  17   4   7  43  22  38

  4. WILLESDEN                          28  13  10   5  43  20  36

  5. EASTBOURNE TOWN                    28  14   8   6  38  25  36

  6. MOLESEY                            28  14   5   9  39  27  33

  7. EPPING TOWN                        28  12   4  12  43  38  28

  8. UXBRIDGE                           28   8  11   9  31  31  27

  9. HARROW BOROUGH                     28  11   5  12  35  37  27

 10. HEMEL HEMPSTEAD                    28   8   7  13  29  36  23

 11. AYLESBURY UNITED                   28   7   7  14  33  49  21

 12. WINDSOR & ETON                     28   8   4  16  31  57  20

 13. EDGWARE                            28   9   1  18  33  44  19

 14. FAVERSHAM TOWN                     28   7   5  16  27  56  19

 15. FELTHAM                            28   2   8  18  19  62  12

  (420 166 88 166 549 549 420)

 

Egham Town and Addlestone were promoted to Division 1. Harrow Borough left to move to the Isthmian League. Wingate merged with Leyton. Camberley Town, Epsom & Ewell, Harefield United and Tring Town joined the section.

 

The last chapter in the history of the Athenian League opened without real indications that the competition’s days were numbered. There were departures at the end of the 1975-1976 season, but none of these affected the top section. Twelve months later, however, 18 clubs left the Athenian League (mostly to the Isthmian League) and the competition was reduced to a single section.

 

Surprisingly, perhaps, the Athenian League ‘came back from the brink’ and although seven more clubs switched to the Isthmian, plus there were other departures, the 1983-1984 campaign began with 21 clubs taking part. Exactly what happened during the succeeding months is not absolutely clear – but it was certainly enough to see the rather unfortunate demise of the Athenian League.

 

1975-1976

 

DIVISION 1

  1. CHESHUNT                           30  18   5   7  66  31  41

  2. EGHAM TOWN                         30  16   7   7  46  28  39

  3. ADDLESTONE                         30  15   7   8  40  30  37

  4. GRAYS ATHLETIC                     30  15   6   9  39  29  36

  5. RAINHAM TOWN                       30  15   3  12  52  37  33

  6. ERITH & BELVEDERE                  30  11  10   9  29  28  32

  7. ALTON TOWN                         30  14   4  12  37  42  32

  8. WORTHING                           30  12   7  11  42  35  31

  9. HOUNSLOW                           30  11   7  12  50  43  29

 10. LEWES                              30   9  11  10  45  45  29

 11. LETCHWORTH TOWN                    30  10   9  11  31  38  29

 12. REDHILL                            30  10   7  13  31  34  27

 13. RUISLIP MANOR                      30   9   8  13  39  41  26

 14. LEYTON-WINGATE                     30   8   8  14  37  41  24

 15. MARLOW                             30   6   6  18  27  61  18

 16. EDMONTON & HARINGEY                30   5   7  18  31  79  17

  (480 184 112 184 642 642 480)

 

Letchworth Town became ‘Letchworth Garden City’ and Edmonton & Haringey became ‘Haringey Borough’.

 

DIVISION 2

  1. EPPING TOWN                        30  16  10   4  47  21  42

  2. EPSOM & EWELL                      30  16   8   6  58  25  40

  3. EDGWARE                            30  14  10   6  36  29  38

  4. HEMEL HEMPSTEAD                    30  15   6   9  46  36  36

  5. WINDSOR & ETON                     30  13   7  10  42  26  33

  6. TRING TOWN                         30  12   9   9  31  31  33

  7. EASTBOURNE TOWN                    30  11   9  10  45  42  31

  8. FELTHAM                            30  11   8  11  39  42  30

  9. AYLESBURY UNITED                   30   8  12  10  36  40  28

 10. WILLESDEN (-2)                     30  10  10  10  22  34  28

 11. MOLESEY                            30  10   7  13  36  39  27

 12. CAMBERLEY TOWN                     30   7  11  12  31  43  25

 13. UXBRIDGE                           30   7  10  13  22  31  24

 14. EASTBOURNE UNITED                  30   7   8  15  29  41  22

 15. HAREFIELD UNITED                   30   6  10  14  29  43  22

 16. FAVERSHAM TOWN                     30   8   3  19  28  54  19

  (480 171 138 171 577 577 478)

 

Epping Town and Epsom & Ewell were promoted to Division 1. Aylesbury United (Southern League), Eastbourne Town (Sussex League) and Faversham Town (Kent League) all left the Athenian League. Chalfont St. Peter, Chertsey Town, Farnborough Town and Kingsbury Town all joined the competition.

 

1976-1977

 

DIVISION 1

  1. LEYTON-WINGATE                     34  22   6   6  65  26  50

  2. LETCHWORTH GARDEN CITY**           34  21   7   6  66  33  49

  3. ADDLESTONE                         34  19  10   5  58  24  48

  4. LEWES**                            34  18   8   8  63  43  44

  5. CHESHUNT**                         34  18   8   8  57  39  44

  6. EPPING TOWN**                      34  17   8   9  54  37  42

  7. ALTON TOWN                         34  14  10  10  46  39  38

  8. RAINHAM TOWN**                     34  12  13   9  63  56  37

  9. EGHAM TOWN**                       34  14   7  13  46  45  35

 10. EPSOM & EWELL**                    34  12   9  13  46  42  33

 11. REDHILL                            34  12   9  13  43  43  33

 12. HARINGEY BOROUGH                   34  11   8  15  42  47  30

 13. WORTHING**                         34   9   9  16  47  59  27

 14. HOUNSLOW                           34  10   7  17  37  56  27

 15. ERITH & BELVEDERE                  34   4  14  16  27  44  22

 16. GRAYS ATHLETIC                     34   6  10  18  38  63  22

 17. MARLOW                             34   5   8  21  42  90  18

 18. RUISLIP MANOR                      34   4   5  25  33  87  13

  (612 228 156 228 873 873 612)

 

Addlestone and Hounslow moved to the Southern League, while those clubs whose names are followed by ** all joined the Isthmian League. The remaining eight clubs joined with seven 2nd Division sides and 3 newcomers to form a single section Athenian League for the 1977-1978 season.

 

DIVISION 2

  1. FARNBOROUGH TOWN**                 28  19   5   4  65  33  43

  2. TRING TOWN**                       28  16   8   4  49  30  40

  3. MOLESEY**                          28  12  10   6  50  35  34

  4. HEMEL HEMPSTEAD**                  28  14   5   9  48  29  33

  5. CHALFONT ST. PETER                 28  13   7   8  41  28  33

  6. HAREFIELD UNITED                   28   8  13   7  45  35  29

  7. UXBRIDGE                           28  11   7  10  32  25  29

  8. FELTHAM**                          28  11   7  10  34  40  29

  9. EDGWARE (-2)                       28  11   5  12  29  36  25

 10. EASTBOURNE UNITED**                28   8   7  13  41  42  23

 11. KINGSBURY TOWN                     28   9   5  14  28  38  23

 12. CAMBERLEY TOWN**                   28   6  11  11  25  34  23

 13. WINDSOR & ETON                     28   5  11  12  34  42  21

 14. WILLESDEN**                        28   6   7  15  23  49  19

 15. CHERTSEY TOWN                      28   3   8  17  22  70  14

  (420 152 116 152 566 566 418)

 

Teams whose names are followed by ** moved to the Isthmian League. The other clubs joined the ‘survivors’ from Division 1, Billericay Town, Burnham and Hoddesdon Town in a single section, 18-club Athenian League.

 

1977-1978

  1. BILLERICAY TOWN                    34  23   7   4  80  21  53

  2. LEYTON-WINGATE                     34  21   8   5  73  42  50

  3. GRAYS ATHLETIC                     34  20   8   6  72  31  48

  4. BURNHAM                            34  20   8   6  69  33  48

  5. CHALFONT ST. PETER                 34  20   5   9  59  31  45

  6. EDGWARE                            34  14  14   6  54  29  42

  7. ALTON TOWN                         34  13  12   9  50  33  38

  8. MARLOW                             34  14   7  13  61  59  35

  9. WINDSOR & ETON                     34  13   8  13  47  44  34

 10. HAREFIELD UNITED                   34  10  13  11  37  50  33

 11. HARINGEY BOROUGH                   34   9  12  13  49  48  30

 12. UXBRIDGE                           34  10   9  15  30  37  29

 13. HODDESDON TOWN                     34   8  12  14  41  54  28

 14. RUISLIP MANOR                      34  10   8  16  44  58  28

 15. CHERTSEY TOWN                      34   8   8  18  47  77  24

 16. KINGSBURY TOWN                     34   6   9  19  33  60  21

 17. ERITH & BELVEDERE                  34   6   6  22  34  82  18

 18. REDHILL                            34   2   4  28  19 110   8

  (612 227 158 227 899 899 612)

 

Erith & Belvedere moved to the Kent League and Kingsbury Town also left. Three new clubs joined the Athenian League – Dorking Town, Fleet Town and Welling United.

 

1978-1979

  1. BILLERICAY TOWN                    36  26   5   5  86  29  57

  2. BURNHAM                            36  22  10   4  86  37  54

  3. EDGWARE                            36  19  11   6  83  34  49

  4. WINDSOR & ETON                     36  21   6   9  62  30  48

  5. HARINGEY BOROUGH                   36  16  15   5  60  42  47

  6. UXBRIDGE                           36  17  12   7  45  22  46

  7. WELLING UNITED                     36  17   9  10  60  46  43

  8. LEYTON-WINGATE                     36  16  10  10  67  48  42

  9. GRAYS ATHLETIC                     36  17   8  11  55  46  42

 10. ALTON TOWN                         36  15   9  12  51  45  39

 11. HODDESDON TOWN                     36  13   7  16  63  60  33

 12. CHALFONT ST. PETER                 36  12   8  16  41  58  32

 13. HAREFIELD UNITED                   36  11   7  18  53  70  29

 14. DORKING TOWN                       36  10   7  19  39  64  27

 15. MARLOW                             36   9   4  23  48  92  22

 16. RUISLIP MANOR                      36   8   4  24  35  71  20

 17. FLEET TOWN                         36   6   7  23  37  73  19

 18. REDHILL                            36   6   7  23  29  79  19

 19. CHERTSEY TOWN                      36   4   8  24  36  90  16

  (684 265 154 265 1036 1036 684)

 

Billericay Town moved to the Isthmian League. Banstead Athletic and Woodford Town joined the competition.

 

1979-1980

  1. WINDSOR & ETON                     38  26   6   6  72  26  58

  2. BURNHAM                            38  24   8   6  73  28  56

  3. LEYTON-WINGATE                     38  22   8   8  86  48  52

  4. DORKING TOWN                       38  20   8  10  61  41  48

  5. WELLING UNITED                     38  20   7  11  86  46  47

  6. UXBRIDGE                           38  20   7  11  49  41  47

  7. GRAYS ATHLETIC                     38  20   2  16  69  48  42

  8. RUISLIP MANOR                      38  16  10  12  55  46  42

  9. MARLOW                             38  16  10  12  66  58  42

 10. EDGWARE                            38  15  11  12  62  63  41

 11. REDHILL                            38  15   9  14  55  46  39

 12. BANSTEAD ATHLETIC                  38  15   9  14  57  54  39

 13. WOODFORD TOWN                      38  13   9  16  57  60  35

 14. HODDESDON TOWN                     38  12   7  19  56  55  31

 15. CHALFONT ST. PETER                 38  10  10  18  50  67  30

 16. HAREFIELD UNITED                   38  10   8  20  41  60  28

 17. FLEET TOWN                         38  10   6  22  43  80  26

 18. HARINGEY BOROUGH                   38   9   7  22  41  83  25

 19. ALTON TOWN                         38   8   5  25  43 101  21

 20. CHERTSEY TOWN                      38   4   3  31  33 104  11

  (760 305 150 305 1155 1155 760)

 

Dorking Town moved to the Isthmian League. Basildon United joined the competition from the Essex Senior League.

 

1980-1981

  1. WINDSOR & ETON                     38  27   6   5 100  32  60

  2. BASILDON UNITED                    38  24  11   3  71  24  59

  3. BANSTEAD ATHLETIC                  38  23  10   5  73  32  56

  4. GRAYS ATHLETIC                     38  23   7   8  81  42  53

  5. EDGWARE                            38  20   8  10  77  38  48

  6. LEYTON-WINGATE                     38  18  12   8  72  46  48

  7. WELLING UNITED                     38  19   8  11  62  48  46

  8. WOODFORD TOWN                      38  18   9  11  84  53  45

  9. BURNHAM                            38  20   4  14  62  45  44

 10. HAREFIELD UNITED                   38  16  10  12  67  51  42

 11. RUISLIP MANOR                      38  14  13  11  49  51  41

 12. UXBRIDGE                           38  11  13  14  38  39  35

 13. FLEET TOWN                         38   8  13  17  50  65  29

 14. HARINGEY BOROUGH                   38   9  10  19  41  68  28

 15. REDHILL                            38   8  11  19  45  59  27

 16. HODDESDON TOWN                     38  10   6  22  53  80  26

 17. CHERTSEY TOWN                      38   9   7  22  30  84  25

 18. MARLOW                             38   7  10  21  43  85  24

 19. CHALFONT ST. PETER                 38   5   5  28  39  89  15

 20. ALTON TOWN                         38   2   5  31  33 139   9

  (760 291 178 291 1170 1170 760)

 

Basildon United and Windsor & Eton moved to the Isthmian League, while Welling United left to join the Southern League and Alton Town also departed. Horley Town, Kingsbury Town and Whyteleafe joined the competition.

 

1981-1982

  1. LEYTON-WINGATE                     36  28   8   0  87  19  64

  2. EDGWARE                            36  20  10   6  76  52  50

  3. UXBRIDGE                           36  20   9   7  56  27  49

  4. BURNHAM                            36  19   7  10  64  44  45

  5. REDHILL                            36  14  13   9  43  38  41

  6. HAREFIELD UNITED                   36  14  12  10  52  47  40

  7. RUISLIP MANOR                      36  15   9  12  58  55  39

  8. BANSTEAD ATHLETIC                  36  13  12  11  51  39  38

  9. CHERTSEY TOWN                      36  11  14  11  43  44  36

 10. WOODFORD TOWN                      36  13   8  15  48  45  34

 11. MARLOW                             36  12   8  16  40  46  32

 12. KINGSBURY TOWN                     36  11  10  15  43  52  32

 13. WHYTELEAFE                         36   8  15  13  30  41  31

 14. HORLEY TOWN                        36  10  10  16  40  45  30

 15. HODDESDON TOWN                     36  11   7  18  50  57  29

 16. GRAYS ATHLETIC                     36  10   8  18  41  62  28

 17. CHALFONT ST. PETER                 36   8  10  18  42  50  26

 18. FLEET TOWN                         36   7   9  20  38  76  23

 19. HARINGEY BOROUGH                   36   4   9  23  27  90  17

  (684 248 188 248 929 929 684)

 

Leyton-Wingate and Uxbridge moved to the Isthmian League. Woodford Town also left and joined the Southern League. Camberley Town, Flackwell Heath, Newbury Town and Thatcham Town joined the competition.

 

 

1982-1983

  1. NEWBURY TOWN                       38  27   5   6  97  42  59

  2. GRAYS ATHLETIC                     38  25   3  10  79  27  53

  3. REDHILL                            38  22   9   7  68  38  53

  4. MARLOW                             38  21   8   9  67  40  50

  5. CHALFONT ST. PETER                 38  18  12   8  64  40  48

  6. BURNHAM                            38  17  13   8  80  46  47

  7. BANSTEAD ATHLETIC                  38  16  10  12  62  50  42

  8. WHYTELEAFE                         38  15  12  11  46  39  42

  9. HAREFIELD UNITED                   38  15  12  11  54  55  42

 10. KINGSBURY TOWN (-1)                38  16  10  12  56  40  41

 11. HODDESDON TOWN                     38  15  10  13  58  54  40

 12. FLACKWELL HEATH                    38  11  13  14  45  50  35

 13. HORLEY TOWN                        38  10  13  15  45  58  33

 14. EDGWARE                            38  12   7  19  48  62  31

 15. CHERTSEY TOWN                      38  10  10  18  61  88  30

 16. RUISLIP MANOR                      38  12   4  22  55  70  28

 17. FLEET TOWN (-1)                    38   8  10  20  38  65  25

 18. THATCHAM TOWN                      38   8   6  24  30  85  22

 19. HARINGEY BOROUGH                   38   5   9  24  27  82  19

 20. CAMBERLEY TOWN (-2)                38   4  10  24  31  80  16

  (760 287 186 287 1111 1111 757)

 

Grays Athletic and Newbury Town joined the Isthmian League. Berkhamsted Town, Harwich & Parkeston and Wolverton Town were admitted to the Athenian League.

 

1983-1984 THE FINAL ATHENIAN LEAGUE TABLE

 

For the closing Athenian League season three points were awarded for a win.

 

  1. REDHILL                            40  28   9   3  73  28  93

  2. CHALFONT ST. PETER**               40  27  10   3  88  32  91

  3. BURNHAM                            40  27   7   6  80  29  88

  4. WHYTELEAFE**                       40  24   8   8  63  32  80

  5. FLACKWELL HEATH**                  40  21   7  12  57  37  70

  6. HAREFIELD UNITED**                 40  20   8  12  62  47  68

  7. BANSTEAD ATHLETIC**                40  19  10  11  63  48  67

  8. MARLOW**                           40  17   7  16  65  63  58

  9. HODDESDON TOWN                     40  15  13  12  53  52  58

 10. RUISLIP MANOR**                    40  16   9  15  59  44  57

 11. KINGSBURY TOWN**                   40  15  12  13  58  52  57

 12. WOLVERTON TOWN**                   40  12  12  16  59  65  48

 13. EDGWARE                            40  13   8  19  47  51  47

 14. HARWICH & PARKESTON (-3)           40  13   9  18  54  66  45

 15. CHERTSEY TOWN                      40  12   6  22  41  63  42

 16. BERKHAMSTED TOWN                   40  10  11  19  50  63  41

 17. THATCHAM TOWN (-3)                 40   8  14  18  65  79  35

 18. HORLEY TOWN                        40   9   6  25  34  83  33

 19. HARINGEY BOROUGH                   40   8   8  24  44  80  32

 20. FLEET TOWN                         40   6   8  26  31  82  26

 21. CAMBERLEY TOWN                     40   4  10  26  35  85  22

  (840 324 192 324 1181 1181 1158)

 

At the end of the 1983-1984 season the Athenian League folded. This brought the curtain down on 72 years of soccer history. The 13 clubs whose names in the table above are followed by ** moved to the Isthmian League. Champions Redhill joined the London Spartan League, as did Burnham, Edgware and Thatcham Town. Fleet Town and Horley Town were admitted to the Combined Counties League, with Harwich & Parkeston taking a place in the Eastern Counties League and Hoddesdon Town becoming members of the South Midlands League.