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Southern League history 1945-1966 - re-saved


A limited competition ran for the first post-war season, with a number of matches not completed. The second season saw more clubs return to action and there was a growth in the size of the Southern League for three campaigns running after that. It was not until the 1951-1952 season that the league stabilised, running as a single section, 22-club competition for the next few years. The outstanding club in the period covered was Merthyr Tydfil, who recorded 5 title successes in the 8 seasons they played in the post-war Southern League. It was, however, Colchester United and Gillingham who moved up into the Football League in 1950.

 

1945-1946

  1. Chelmsford City (+3)              18  15   1   2   66   23  34 

  2. Hereford United                   20  13   3   4   59   31  29

  3. Bath City                         20  12   2   6   62   32  26

  4. Cheltenham Town (+3)              18   9   1   8   35   54  22 

  5. Barry Town                        20   8   4   8   42   42  20

  6. Yeovil & Petters United (+3)      18   7   1  10   57   52  18 

  7. Worcester City                    20   8   2  10   60   58  18

  8. Colchester United                 20   7   3  10   29   47  17

  9. Bedford Town (+6)                 16   4   1  11   30   49  15 

 10. Swindon Town Reserves (+3)        18   4   3  11   36   65  14 

 11. Cardiff City Reserves             20   4   5  11   39   60  13

  (208 91 26 91 515 513 226)

 

A number of games were not played. Sides which did not complete their fixtures were awarded

points, possibly on a 2 for a home game, 1 for an away game basis, though other sources say that the points were given on a ‘3 points per 2 unplayed games’ basis, which seems more likely. Cardiff City and Swindon Town left the Southern League, which was joined by Dartford, Exeter City Reserves, Gillingham, Gloucester City, Gravesend & Northfleet, Guildford City, Merthyr Tydfil and Millwall, who fielded their first team in the competition and intended to play all their Southern League fixtures in midweek. Yeovil & Petters United became ‘Yeovil Town’.

 

1946-1947

  1. Gillingham (+1)                  31  20   6   5  103   45  47

  2. Guildford City                    32  21   4   7   86   39  46

  3. Merthyr Tydfil (+1)               31  21   2   8  104   37  45

  4. Yeovil Town                       32  19   6   7  100   49  45

  5. Chelmsford City (+1)              31  17   3  11   90   60  38

  6. Gravesend and Northfleet          32  17   4  11   82   58  38

  7. Barry Town (+2)                   30  14   6  10   89   61  36

  8. Colchester United (+1)            31  15   4  12   65   60  35

  9. Cheltenham Town (+1)              31  14   3  14   68   75  32

 10. Millwall (+8)                     24   8   5  11   59   57  29

 11. Dartford                          32  10   5  17   71  100  25

 12. Bedford Town                      32   8   8  16   63   98  24

 13. Hereford United                   32   8   7  17   37   85  23

 14. Worcester City (+1)               31   8   5  18   58   90  22

 15. Exeter City                       32  10   2  20   69  126  22

 16. Bath City                         32   7   7  18   52   93  21

 17. Gloucester City                   32   8   1  23   57  120  17

  (528 225 78 225 1253 1253 544)

 

Millwall did not complete their fixtures. All teams affected by this, including Millwall, were awarded one point for each unplayed match. Millwall withdrew at the end of the campaign. Lovells Athletic and Torquay United Reserves joined the Southern League.

 

1947-1948

  1. Merthyr Tydfil                    34  23   7   4   84   39   53

  2. Gillingham                        34  21   5   8   81   43   47

  3. Worcester City                    34  21   3  10   74   44   45

  4. Colchester United                 34  17  10   7   88   40   43

  5. Hereford United                   34  16  10   8   76   52   42

  6. Lovells Athletic                  34  17   6  11   74   50   40

  7. Exeter City Reserves              34  15   7  12   65   57   37

  8. Yeovil Town                       34  12  11  11   56   51   35

  9. Chelmsford City                   34  14   7  13   62   58   35

 10. Cheltenham Town                   34  13   9  12   71   71   35

 11. Bath City                         34  12   8  14   55   62   32

 12. Barry Town                        34  10   9  15   60   71   29

 13. Gravesend & Northfleet            34  11   6  17   52   90   28

 14. Guildford City                    34  11   4  19   69   73   26

 15. Dartford                          34  10   6  18   36   62   26

 16. Gloucester City                   34   8   6  20   47   78   22

 17. Torquay United Reserves           34   6   9  19   43   94   21

 18. Bedford Town                      34   6   3  25   41  104   15

  (612 243 126 243 1132 1132 612)

 

Chingford Town, Hastings United, Kidderminster Harriers and Tonbridge all joined the competition.

 

1948-1949

  1. Gillingham                        42  26  10  10  104   48   62

  2. Chelmsford City                   42  27   7   7  115   64   61

  3. Merthyr Tydfil                    42  26   8   8  133   54   60

  4. Colchester United                 42  21  10  11   94   61   52

  5. Worcester City                    42  22   7  13   87   56   51

  6. Dartford                          42  21   9  12   73   53   51

  7. Gravesend & Northfleet            42  20   9  13   60   46   49

  8. Yeovil Town                       42  19   9  14   90   53   47

  9. Cheltenham Town                   42  19   9  14   71   64   47

 10. Kidderminster Harriers            42  19   6  17   77   94   44

 11. Exeter City Reserves              42  18   7  17   83   73   43

 12. Hereford United                   42  17   6  19   83   84   40

 13. Bath City                         42  15   8  19   72   87   38

 14. Hastings United                   42  14  10  18   69   93   38

 15. Torquay United Reserves           42  15   7  20   73   93   37

 16. Lovell's Athletic                 42  14   8  20   73   74   36

 17. Guildford City                    42  12  12  18   58   85   36

 18. Gloucester City                   42  12  10  20   78  100   34

 19. Barry Town                        42  12  10  20   55   95   34

 20. Tonbridge                         42   9   7  26   54  105   25

 21. Chingford Town                    42   6   9  27   43   94   21

 22. Bedford Town                      42   5   8  29   32  101   18

  (924 369 186 369 1677 1677 924)

 

Headington United and Weymouth joined the Southern League.

 

1949-1950

  1. Merthyr Tydfil                    46  34   3   9  143   62   71

  2. Colchester United                 46  31   9   6  109   51   71

  3. Yeovil Town                       46  29   7  10  104   45   65

  4. Chelmsford City                   46  26   9  11  121   64   61

  5. Gillingham                        46  23   9  14   93   61   55

  6. Dartford                          46  20   9  17   70   65   49

  7. Worcester City                    46  21   7  18   85   80   49

  8. Guildford City                    46  18  11  17   79   73   47

  9. Weymouth                          46  19   9  18   80   82   47

 10. Barry Town                        46  18  10  18   78   72   46

 11. Exeter City Reserves              46  16  14  16   73   83   46

 12. Lovells Athletic                  46  17  10  19   86   78   44

 13. Tonbridge                         46  16  12  18   65   76   44

 14. Hastings United                   46  17   8  21   92  140   42

 15. Gravesend & Northfleet            46  16   9  21   88   82   41

 16. Torquay United Reserves           46  14  12  20   80   89   40

 17. Bath City                         46  16   7  23   61   78   39

 18. Gloucester City                   46  14  11  21   72  101   39

 19. Hereford United                   46  15   8  23   74   76   38

 20. Cheltenham Town                   46  13  11  22   75   96   37

 21. Headington United                 46  15   7  24   72   97   37

 22. Bedford Town                      46  12  11  23   63   79   35

 23. Kidderminster Harriers            46  12  11  23   65  108   35

 24. Chingford Town                    46  10   6  30   61  151   26

  (1104 442 220 442 1989 1989 1104)

 

Colchester United and Gillingham were elected to the Football League Division 3 (South). Kettering Town and Llanelly were admitted to the competition.

 

1950-1951

  1. Merthyr Tydfil                    44  29   8   7  156   66   66

  2. Hereford United                   44  27   7  10  110   69   61

  3. Guildford City                    44  23   8  13   88   60   54

  4. Chelmsford City                   44  21  12  11   84   58   54

  5. Llanelly                          44  19  13  12   89   73   51

  6. Cheltenham Town                   44  21   8  15   91   61   50

  7. Headington United                 44  18  11  15   84   83   47

  8. Torquay United Reserves           44  20   6  18   93   79   46

  9. Exeter City Reserves              44  16  12  16   90   94   44

 10. Weymouth                          44  16  12  16   82   88   44

 11. Tonbridge                         44  16  12  16   79   87   44

 12. Gloucester City                   44  16  11  17   81   76   43

 13. Yeovil Town                       44  13  15  16   72   72   41

 14. Worcester City                    44  15  11  18   69   78   41

 15. Bath City                         44  15  10  19   65   73   40

 16. Dartford                          44  14  11  19   61   70   39

 17. Bedford Town                      44  15   9  20   64   94   39

 18. Gravesend & Northfleet            44  12  14  18   65   83   38

 19. Kettering Town                    44  13  11  20   87   87   37

 20. Lovells Athletic                  44  12  13  19   81   93   37

 21. Kidderminster Harriers            44  13   9  22   58  103   35

 22. Barry Town                        44  13   7  24   54  104   33

 23. Hastings United                   44  11   6  27   91  143   28

  (1012 388 236 388 1894 1894 1012)

 

Chingford Town withdrew from the Southern League in December 1950.  At the time the club had

played 18 games, winning only one and collecting just 4 points, with a goals aggregate of 12-55.  Chingford’s record was deleted.  Torquay United left at the end of the season.

 

1951-1952

  1. Merthyr Tydfil                    42  27   6   9  128   60   60

  2. Weymouth                          42  22  13   7   81   42   57

  3. Kidderminster Harriers            42  22  10  10   70   40   54

  4. Guildford City                    42  18  16   8   66   47   52

  5. Hereford United                   42  21   9  12   80   59   51

  6. Worcester City                    42  23   4  15   86   73   50

  7. Kettering Town                    42  18  10  14   83   56   46

  8. Lovells Athletic                  42  18  10  14   87   68   46

  9. Gloucester City                   42  19   8  15   68   55   46

 10. Bath City                         42  19   6  17   75   67   44

 11. Headington United                 42  16  11  15   55   53   43

 12. Bedford Town                      42  16  10  16   75   64   42

 13. Barry Town                        42  18   6  18   84   89   42

 14. Chelmsford City                   42  15  10  17   67   80   40

 15. Dartford                          42  15   9  18   63   65   39

 16. Tonbridge                         42  15   6  21   63   84   36

 17. Yeovil Town                       42  12  11  19   56   76   35

 18. Cheltenham Town                   42  15   4  23   59   85   34

 19. Exeter City Reserves              42  13   7  22   76  106   33

 20. Llanelly                          42  13   6  23   70  111   32

 21. Gravesend & Northfleet            42  12   7  23   66   88   31

 22. Hastings United                   42   3   5  34   41  131   11

  (924 370 184 370 1599 1599 924)

 

1952-1953

  1. Headington United                 42  23  12   7   93   50  58

  2. Merthyr Tydfil                    42  25   8   9  117   66  58

  3. Bedford Town                      42  24   8  10   91   61  56

  4. Kettering Town                    42  23   8  11   88   50  54

  5. Bath City                         42  22  10  10   71   46  54

  6. Worcester City                    42  20  11  11  100   66  51

  7. Llanelly                          42  21   9  12   95   72  51

  8. Barry Town                        42  22   3  17   89   69  47

  9. Gravesend & Northfleet            42  19   7  16   83   76  45

 10. Gloucester City                   42  17   9  16   50   78  43

 11. Guildford City                    42  17   8  17   64   60  42

 12. Hastings United                   42  18   5  19   75   66  41

 13. Cheltenham Town                   42  15  11  16   70   89  41

 14. Weymouth                          42  15  10  17   70   75  40

 15. Hereford United                   42  17   5  20   76   73  39

 16. Tonbridge                         42  12   9  21   62   88   33

 17. Lovells Athletic                  42  12   8  22   68   81   32

 18. Yeovil Town                       42  11  10  21   75   99   32

 19. Chelmsford City                   42  12   7  23   58   92   31

 20. Exeter City Reserves              42  13   4  25   71   94   30

 21. Kidderminster Harriers            42  12   5  25   54   88   29

 22. Dartford                          42   6   5  31   40  121   17

  (924 376 172 376 1660 1660 924)

 

1953-1954

  1. Merthyr Tydfil                    42  27   8   7   97   55   62

  2. Headington United                 42  22   9  11   68   43   53

  3. Yeovil Town                       42  20   8  14   87   76   48

  4. Bath City                         42  17  12  13   73   67   46

  5. Kidderminster Harriers            42  18   9  15   62   59   45

  6. Weymouth                          42  18   8  16   83   72   44

  7. Barry Town                        42  17   9  16  108   91   43

  8. Bedford Town                      42  19   5  18   80   84   43

  9. Gloucester City                   42  16  11  15   69   77   43

 10. Hastings United                   42  16  10  16   73   67   42

 11. Kettering Town                    42  15  12  15   65   63   42

 12. Hereford United                   42  16   9  17   66   62   41

 13. Llanelly                          42  16   9  17   80   85   41

 14. Guildford City                    42  15  11  16   56   60   41

 15. Gravesend & Northfleet            42  16   8  18   76   77   40

 16. Worcester City                    42  17   6  19   66   71   40

 17. Lovells Athletic                  42  14  11  17   62   60   39

 18. Tonbridge                         42  15   9  18   85   91   39

 19. Chelmsford City                   42  14  10  18   67   71   38

 20. Exeter City Reserves              42  11  13  18   61   72   35

 21. Cheltenham Town                   42  11  12  19   56   83   34

 22. Dartford                          42   6  13  23   42   96   25

  (924 356 212 356 1582 1582 924)

 

1954-1955

  1. Yeovil Town                       42  23   9  10  105   66   55

  2. Weymouth                          42  24   7  11  105   84   55

  3. Hastings United                   42  21   9  12   94   60   51

  4. Cheltenham Town                   42  21   8  13   85   72   50

  5. Guildford City                    42  20   8  14   72   59   48

  6. Worcester City                    42  19  10  13   80   73   48

  7. Barry Town                        42  16  15  11   82   87   47

  8. Gloucester City                   42  16  13  13   66   54   45

  9. Bath City                         42  18   9  15   73   80   45

 10. Headington United                 42  18   7  17   82   62   43

 11. Kidderminster Harriers            42  18   7  17   84   86   43

 12. Merthyr Tydfil                    42  17   8  17   97   94   42

 13. Exeter City Reserves              42  19   4  19   67   78   42

 14. Lovells Athletic                  42  15  11  16   71   68   41

 15. Kettering Town                    42  15  11  16   70   69   41

 16. Hereford United                   42  17   5  20   79   72   39

 17. Llanelly                          42  16   7  19   78   81   39

 18. Bedford Town                      42  16   3  23   75  103   35

 19. Tonbridge                         42  11   8  23   68   91   30

 20. Dartford                          42   9  12  21   55   76   30

 21. Chelmsford City                   42  11   6  25   73  111   28

 22. Gravesend & Northfleet            42   9   9  24   62   97   27

  (924 369 186 369 1723 1723 924)

 

1955-1956

  1. Guildford City                    42  26   8   8   74   34   60

  2. Cheltenham Town                   42  25   6  11   82   53   56

  3. Yeovil Town                       42  23   9  10   98   55   55

  4. Bedford Town                      42  21   9  12   99   69   51

  5. Dartford                          42  20   9  13   78   62   49

  6. Weymouth                          42  19  10  13   83   63   48

  7. Gloucester City                   42  19   9  14   72   60   47

  8. Lovells Athletic                  42  19   9  14   91   78   47

  9. Chelmsford City                   42  18  10  14   67   55   46

 10. Kettering Town                    42  16  11  15  105   86   43

 11. Exeter City Reserves              42  17   9  16   75   76   43

 12. Gravesend & Northfleet            42  17   8  17   79   75   42

 13. Hereford United                   42  17   7  18   90   90   41

 14. Hastings United                   42  15  10  17   90   76   40

 15. Headington United                 42  17   6  19   82   86   40

 16. Kidderminster Harriers            42  14   7  21   86  105   35

 17. Llanelly                          42  14   6  22   64   98   34

 18. Barry Town                        42  11  11  20   91  108   33

 19. Worcester City                    42  12   9  21   66   83   33

 20. Tonbridge                         42  11  11  20   53   74   33

 21. Merthyr Tydfil                    42   7  10  25   52  127   24

 22. Bath City                         42   7  10  25   43  107   24

  (924 365 194 365 1720 1720 924)

 

After a period without further change in membership, the Southern League entered a period

of transformation. In 1957, Llanelly left the competition. The period proved to be a difficult one for Welsh sides, with Lovells Athletic later departing and both Barry Town and the competition’s previous stars, Merthyr Tydfil, both struggling. In 1958, with things changing elsewhere, the Southern League accepted 13 new clubs and ran two regional sections. A year later a two-tier system was introduced, with 10 more new entries to the League’s ranks. One of the problems with the League in this period concerns its record-keeping apparently, as there are various versions of the final tables. While every effort has been made to achieve accuracy in the details given below, this cannot be 100% guaranteed and it will be some time before all the checks and re-checks have been completed.

 

1956-1957

  1. Kettering Town                    42  28  10   4  106   47   66

  2. Bedford Town                      42  25   8   9   89   52   58

  3. Weymouth                          42  22  10  10   92   71   54

  4. Cheltenham Town                   42  19  15   8   73   46   53

  5. Gravesend & Northfleet            42  21  11  10   74   58   53

  6. Lovells Athletic                  42  21   7  14   99   84   49

  7. Guildford City                    42  18  11  13   68   49   47

  8. Hereford United                   42  19   8  15   96   60   46

  9. Headington United                 42  19   7  16   64   61   45

 10. Gloucester City                   42  18   8  16   74   72   44

 11. Hastings United                   42  17   9  16   70   58   43

 12. Worcester City                    42  16  10  16   81   80   42

 13. Dartford                          42  16  10  16   79   88   42

 14. Chelmsford City                   42  16   9  17   73   85   41

 15. Tonbridge                         42  14  12  16   74   65   40

 16. Yeovil Town                       42  14  11  17   83   85   39

 17. Bath City                         42  15   8  19   56   78   38

 18. Exeter City Reserves              42  10  10  22   52   89   30

 19. Merthry Tydfil                    42   9  11  22   72   95   29

 20. Barry Town                        42   6  11  25   39   84   23

 21. Kidderminster Harriers (-4)       42   7  10  25   60   83   20

 22. Llanelly                          42   5   8  29   39  123   18

  (924 355 214 355 1613 1613 920)

 

Llanelly left the Southern League and were replaced by Poole Town.

 

1957-1958

  1. Gravesend & Northfleet            42  27   5  10  109   71   59

  2. Bedford Town                      42  25   7  10  112   64   57

  3. Chelmsford City                   42  24   9   9   93   57   57

  4. Weymouth                          42  25   5  12   90   61   55

  5. Worcester City                    42  23   7  12   95   59   53

  6. Cheltenham Town                   42  21  10  11  115   66   52

  7. Hereford United                   42  21   6  15   79   56   48

  8. Kettering Town                    42  18   9  15   99   76   45

  9. Headington United                 42  18   7  17   90   83   43

 10. Poole Town                        42  17   9  16   82   81   43

 11. Hastings United                   42  13  15  14   78   77   41

 12. Gloucester City                   42  17   7  18   70   70   41

 13. Yeovil Town                       42  16   9  17   70   84   41

 14. Dartford                          42  14   9  19   66   92   37

 15. Lovells Athletic                  42  15   6  21   60   83   36

 16. Bath City                         42  13   9  20   65   64   35

 17. Guildford City                    42  12  10  20   58   92   34

 18. Tonbridge                         42  13   7  22   77  100   33

 19. Exeter City Reserves              42  12   8  22   60   94   32

 20. Barry Town                        42  11   9  22   72  101   31

 21. Kidderminster Harriers            42  10  10  22   60  101   30

 22. Merthyr Tydfil                    42   9   3  30   69  137   21

  (924 374 176 374 1769 1769 924)

 

1958 saw a number of changes take place in football. The Football League ended its use of regional 3rd Divisions, introducing national 3rd and 4th Divisions instead. Many Football League clubs decided to set up their own competitions for their reserve sides and this left competitions such as the Midland League with a problem. Partly as a result of these developments, 13 clubs made successful applications to join the Southern League. This raised membership to 35 clubs. It was therefore to decided to run two regional competitions for the 1958-1959 campaign, with the top eleven teams going forward to a new Premier Division 1959-1960, while the others would join a second-tier 1st Division. The new clubs joining the Southern League in 1958 were Boston United, Burton Albion, Cambridge City, Cambridge

United, Clacton Town, Corby Town, King’s Lynn, Nuneaton Borough, Rugby Town, Trowbridge Town,

Wellington Town, Wisbech Town and Yiewsley

 

1958-1959

 

North Western zone

  1. Hereford United                   34  22   5   7   80   37   49

  2. Kettering Town                    34  20   7   7   83   63   47

  3. Boston United                     34  18   8   8   73   47   44

  4. Cheltenham Town                   34  20   4  10   65   47   44

  5. Worcester City                    34  19   4  11   74   47   42

  6. Bath City                         34  17   5  12   89   62   39

  7. Wellington Town                   34  15   9  10   74   58   39

  8. Nuneaton Borough                  34  17   5  12   76   66   39

  9. Wisbech Town                      34  16   5  13   77   54   37

 10. Headington United                 34  16   3  15   76   61   35

 11. Barry Town                        34  15   5  14   64   67   35

 12. Merthyr Tydfil                    34  16   3  15   54   59   35

 13. Gloucester City                   34  12   6  16   50   65   30

 14. Corby Town                        34  10   8  16   59   79   28

 15. Lovells Athletic                  34  10   3  21   51   70   23

 16. Rugby Town                        34   7   6  21   45   93   20

 17. Kidderminster Harriers            34   7   3  24   42   94   17

 18. Burton Albion                     34   3   3  28   41  104    9

  (612 260 92 260 1173 1173 612)

 

South Eastern zone

  1. Bedford Town                      32  21   6   5   90   41   48

  2. Gravesend & Northfleet            32  21   2   9   79   54   44

  3. Dartford                          32  20   3   9   77   41   43

  4. Yeovil Town                       32  17   8   7   60   41   42

  5. Weymouth                          32  13  11   8   61   43   37

  6. Chelmsford City                   32  12  12   8   74   53   36

  7. King’s Lynn                       32  14   5  13   70   63   33

  8. Poole Town                        32  12   8  12   60   66   32

  9. Cambridge City                    32  12   7  13   61   54   31

 10. Hastings United                   32  13   5  14   60   59   31

 11. Tonbridge                         32  14   3  15   51   59   31

 12. Cambridge United                  32  11   8  13   55   77   30

 13. Trowbridge Town                   32  12   4  16   53   75   28

 14. Exeter City Reserves              32   7  12  13   47   71   26

 15. Guildford City                    32   7   6  19   45   67   20

 16. Clacton Town                      32   6   7  19   44   81   19

 17. Yiewsley                          32   3   7  22   36   78   13

  (544 215 114 215 1023 1023 544)

 

The top 11 sides in each zone qualified for the Southern League Premier Division for the 1959-1960 season. The remaining sides were allocated to the new, 22-club First Division. Lovells Athletic, however, left the Southern League, which left 10 vacancies. Ashford Town, Bexleyheath & Welling, Dover, Folkestone Town, Hinckley Athletic, Margate, Ramsgate Athletic, Romford, Sittingbourne and Tunbridge Wells United joined the new 1st Division.

 

1959-1960

 

Premier Division

  1. Bath City                         42  32   3   7  116   50   67

  2. Headington United                 42  23   8  11   78   61   54

  3. Weymouth                          42  22   9  11   93   69   53

  4. Cheltenham Town                   42  21   6  15   82   68   48

  5. Cambridge City                    42  18  11  13   81   72   47

  6. Chelmsford City                   42  19   7  16   90   70   45

  7. Bedford Town                      42  21   3  18   97   85   45

  8. King’s Lynn                       42  17  11  14   89   78   45

  9. Boston United                     42  17  10  15   83   80   44

 10. Wisbech Town                      42  17  10  15   81   84   44

 11. Yeovil Town                       42  17   8  17   81   73   42

 12. Hereford United                   42  15  12  15   70   74   42

 13. Tonbridge                         42  16   8  18   79   73   40

 14. Hastings United                   42  16   8  18   63   77   40

 15. Wellington Town                   42  13  11  18   63   78   37

 16. Dartford                          42  15   7  20   64   82   37

 17. Gravesend & Northfleet            42  14   8  20   69   84   36

 18. Worcester City                    42  13  10  19   72   89   36

 19. Nuneaton Borough                  42  11  11  20   64   78   33

 20. Barry Town                        42  14   5  23   78  103   33

 21. Poole Town                        42  10   8  24   69   96   28

 22. Kettering Town                    42   9  10  23   60   98   28

  (924 370 184 370 1722 1722 924)

 

Nuneaton Borough, Barry Town, Poole Town and Kettering Town were relegated to the First Division. Headington United became ‘Oxford United’.

 

First Division

  1. Clacton Town                      42  27   5  10  106   69   59

  2. Romford                           42  21  10  11   65   40   52

  3. Folkestone Town                   42  23   5  14   93   71   51

  4. Exeter City Reserves              42  23   3  16   85   62   49

  5. Guildford City                    42  19   9  14   79   56   47

  6. Sittingbourne                     42  20   7  15   66   55   47

  7. Margate                           42  20   6  16   88   77   46

  8. Trowbridge Town                   42  18   9  15   90   78   45

  9. Cambridge United                  42  18   9  15   71   72   45

 10. Yiewsley                          42  17  10  15   83   69   44

 11. Bexleyheath & Welling             42  16  11  15   85   77   43

 12. Merthyr Tydfil                    42  16  10  16   63   65   42

 13. Ramsgate Athletic                 42  16   8  18   83   84   40

 14. Ashford Town                      42  14  12  16   61   70   40

 15. Tunbridge Wells United            42  17   5  20   77   78   39

 16. Hinckley Athletic                 42  14   8  20   62   75   36

 17. Gloucester City                   42  13   9  20   56   84   35

 18. Dover                             42  14   6  22   59   85   34

 19. Kidderminster Harriers            42  14   6  22   59   97   34

 20. Corby Town                        42  15   3  24   75   91   33

 21. Burton Albion                     42  11  10  21   52   79   32

 22. Rugby Town                        42  10  11  21   67   91   31

  (924 376 173 375 1625 1625 924)

 

Clacton Town, Romford and Folkestone Town were promoted to the Premier Division. Exeter City

Reserves and Kidderminster Harriers left the Southern League. The departure of the Grecians’

second string meant that the fourth promotion place was given to Guildford City. Canterbury City joined.

 

The Southern League operated as a 2-division competition throughout the next few years, with

the Premier Division claiming, with some justification, to be the top football section outside the Football League. It was no surprise, in 1962, when the champions, Oxford United, were chosen to fill the vacancy in Division 4 created by the resignation of Accrington Stanley. A number of leading Southern League sides might well have prospered in the higher grade of soccer, but had to be content with the battle for the regional crown instead. There was rarely much to choose between the top sides in either section, with the championship only being decided in the closing weeks of each campaign. The biggest change to occur in the period came in the final two seasons covered below. Two giants of the amateur game, Wimbledon and Barnet, joined the Southern League First Division, both winning promotion to the top flight at the first attempt.

 

1960-1961

 

Premier Division

  1. Oxford United                     42  27  10   5  104   43   64

  2. Chelmsford City                   42  23  11   8   91   55   57

  3. Yeovil Town                       42  23   9  10  109   54   55

  4. Hereford United                   42  21  10  11   83   67   52

  5. Weymouth                          42  21   9  12   78   63   51

  6. Bath City                         42  18  14  10   74   52   50

  7. Cambridge City                    42  16  12  14  101   71   44

  8. Wellington Town                   42  17   9  16   66   68   43

  9. Bedford Town                      42  18   7  17   94   97   43

 10. Folkestone Town                   42  18   7  17   75   86   43

 11. King’s Lynn                       42  13  16  13   68   66   42

 12. Worcester City                    42  15  11  16   69   69   41

 13. Clacton Town                      42  15  11  16   82   83   41

 14. Romford                           42  13  15  14   66   69   41

 15. Guildford City                    42  14  11  17   65   62   39

 16. Tonbridge                         42  16   6  20   79   85   38

 17. Cheltenham Town                   42  15   7  20   81   81   37

 18. Gravesend & Northfleet            42  15   7  20   75  101   37

 19. Dartford                          42  13  11  18   57   90   37

 20. Hastings United                   42   8   9  25   60  100   25

 21. Wisbech Town                      42   9   6  27   58  112   24

 22. Boston United                     42   6   8  28   62  123   20

  (924 354 216 354 1697 1697 924)

 

Dartford, Hastings United and Wisbech Town relegated. Boston United left the Southern League.

 

First Division

  1. Kettering Town                    40  26   7   7  100   55   59

  2. Cambridge United                  40  25   5  10  100   53   55 

  3. Bexleyheath & Welling             40  22   8  10   93   46   52

  4. Merthyr Tydfil                    40  23   6  11   88   65   52

  5. Sittingbourne                     40  21  10   9   77   63   52

  6. Hinckley Athletic                 40  17  13  10   74   59   47

  7. Ramsgate Athletic                 40  19   7  14   77   56   45

  8. Rugby Town                        40  18   9  13   89   71   45

  9. Corby Town                        40  16  10  14   82   73   42

 10. Poole Town                        40  18   5  17   71   65   41

 11. Barry Town                        40  16   9  15   65   74   41

 12. Yiewsley                          40  17   7  16   65   76   41

 13. Trowbridge Town                   40  14  10  16   71   73   38

 14. Ashford Town                      40  14   8  18   61   67   36

 15. Margate                           40  11  12  17   62   75   34

 16. Dover                             40  12   7  21   67   74   31

 17. Canterbury City                   40  10  10  20   52   75   30

 18. Nuneaton Borough                  40  11   7  22   60   91   29

 19. Burton Albion                     40  12   4  24   63   85   28

 20. Tunbridge Wells United            40   8   5  27   56  115   21

 21. Gloucester City                   40   7   7  26   40  102   21

  (840 337 166 337 1513 1513 840)

 

Kettering Town, Cambridge United, Bexleyheath & Welling and Merthyr Tydfil promoted.

 

1961-1962

 

Premier Division

  1. Oxford United                     42  28   5   9  118   46   61

  2. Bath City                         42  25   7  10  102   70   57

  3. Guildford City                    42  24   8  10   79   49   56

  4. Yeovil Town                       42  23   8  11   97   59   54

  5. Chelmsford City                   42  19   2  11   74   60   50

  6. Weymouth                          42  20   7  15   80   64   47

  7. Kettering Town                    42  21   5  16   90   84   47

  8. Hereford United                   42  21   2  19   81   68   44

  9. Cambridge City                    42  18   6  16   70   71   44

 10. Bexleyheath & Welling             42  19   5  18   69   75   43

 11. Romford                           42  15   9  18   63   70   39

 12. Cambridge United                  42  13  12  17   76   78   38

 13. Wellington Town                   42  14  10  18   75   78   38

 14. Gravesend & Northfleet            42  17   4  21   59   92   38

 15. Bedford Town                      42  16   5  21   73   79   37

 16. Worcester City                    42  15   7  20   51   64   37

 17. Merthyr Tydfil                    42  13  11  18   62   80   37

 18. Clacton Town                      42  13  10  19   74   91   36

 19. Tonbridge                         42  10  14  18   71   92   34

 20. King’s Lynn                       42  12   8  22   59   74   32

 21. Folkestone Town                   42  12   6  24   64  103   30

 22. Cheltenham Town                   42   9   7  26   48   88   25

  (924 377 158 377 1635 1635 924)

 

Oxford United were elected to the Football League Division 4. Tonbridge, King’s Lynn, Folkestone Town and Cheltenham Town relegated.

 

First Division

  1. Wisbech Town                      38  21  11   6   76   42   53

  2. Poole Town                        38  23   6   9   81   47   52

  3. Dartford                          38  21   8   9   89   50   50

  4. Rugby Town                        38  20   9   9   82   49   49

  5. Margate                           38  20   6  12   73   55   46

  6. Corby Town                        38  19   6  13   82   60   44

  7. Sittingbourne                     38  16  12  10   69   51   44

  8. Dover                             38  19   6  13   66   55   44

  9. Yiewsley                          38  18   6  14   64   51   42

 10. Barry Town                        38  14  11  13   55   51   39

 11. Ashford Town                      38  14  11  13   66   70   39

 12. Hinckley Athletic                 38  15   8  15   75   65   38

 13. Burton Albion                     38  16   5  17   70   79   37

 14. Nuneaton Borough                  38  12  12  14   63   69   36

 15. Tunbridge Wells United            38  12   7  19   64   85   31

 16. Canterbury City                   38  11   8  19   60   82   30

 17. Ramsgate Athletic                 38  10   9  19   48   70   29

 18. Trowbridge Town                   38   9   9  20   45   69   27

 19. Gloucester City                   38   6   4  28   46  104   16

 20. Hastings United                   38   5   4  29   45  115   14

  (760 301 158 301 1319 1319 760)

 

Wisbech Town, Poole Town, Dartford and Rugby Town promoted.

 

1962-1963

 

Premier Division

  1. Cambridge City                    40  25   6   9   99   64   56

  2. Cambridge United                  40  23   7  10   74   50   53

  3. Weymouth                          40  20  11   9   82   43   51

  4. Guildford City                    40  20  11   9   70   50   51

  5. Kettering Town                    40  22   7  11   66   49   51

  6. Wellington Town                   40  19   9  12   71   49   47

  7. Dartford                          40  19   9  12   61   54   47

  8. Chelmsford City                   40  18  10  12   63   50   46

  9. Bedford Town                      40  18   8  14   61   45   44

 10. Bath City                         40  18   6  16   58   56   42

 11. Yeovil Town                       40  15  10  15   64   54   40

 12. Romford                           40  14  11  15   73   68   39

 13. Bexleyheath & Welling             40  13  11  16   55   63   37

 14. Hereford United                   40  14   7  19   56   66   35

 15. Merthyr Tydfil                    40  15   4  21   54   71   34

 16. Rugby Town                        40  14   5  21   65   76   33

 17. Wisbech Town                      40  15   3  22   64   84   33

 18. Worcester City                    40  12   9  19   47   65   33

 19. Poole Town                        40  10  12  18   54   66   32

 20. Gravesend & Northfleet            40  10   3  27   62   91   23

 21. Clacton Town                      40   3   7  30   50  135   13

  (840 337 166 337 1349 1349 840)

 

Poole Town, Gravesend & Northfleet and Clacton Town relegated. Bexleyheath & Welling became

‘Bexley United’.

 

First Division

  1. Margate                           38  21  13   4   86   47   55

  2. Hinckley Athletic                 38  22   9   7   66   38   53

  3. Hastings United                   38  22   8   8   86   36   52

  4. Nuneaton Borough                  38  21  10   7   82   41   52

  5. Tonbridge                         38  22   8   8   81   51   52

  6. Dover                             38  22   7   9   78   56   51

  7. Corby Town                        38  19   8  11   79   50   46

  8. King’s Lynn                       38  19   7  12   76   66   45

  9. Cheltenham Town                   38  18   7  13   83   52   43

 10. Folkestone Town                   38  15  10  13   79   57   40

 11. Canterbury City                   38  14   8  16   42   56   36

 12. Yiewsley                          38  11  10  17   63   71   32

 13. Ramsgate Athletic                 38  12   7  19   58   82   31

 14. Trowbridge Town                   38  11   9  18   50   81   31

 15. Burton Albion                     38  10  10  18   48   76   30

 16. Gloucester City                   38   9  11  18   42   78   29

 17. Sittingbourne                     38  12   3  23   56   75   27

 18. Ashford Town                      38   9   6  23   58   76   24

 19. Barry Town                        38   6   5  27   35   75   17

 20. Tunbridge Wells United            38   6   2  30   34  118   14

  (760 301 158 301 1282 1282 760)

 

Margate, Hinckley Athletic, Hastings United and Nuneaton Borough promoted. Crawley Town, Deal

Town and Stevenage Town joined the Southern League. Tunbridge Wells United became ‘Tunbridge

Wells Rangers’.

 

1963-1964

 

Premier Division

  1. Yeovil Town                       42  29   5   8   93   36   63

  2. Chelmsford City                   42  26   7   9   99   55   59

  3. Bath City                         42  24   9   9   88   51   57

  4. Guildford City                    42  21   9  12   90   55   51

  5. Romford                           42  20   9  13   71   58   49

  6. Hastings United                   42  20   8  14   75   61   48

  7. Weymouth                          42  20   7  15   65   53   47

  8. Bedford Town                      42  19   9  14   71   68   47

  9. Cambridge United                  42  17   9  16   92   77   43

 10. Cambridge City                    42  17   9  16   76   70   43

 11. Wisbech Town                      42  17   8  17   64   68   42

 12. Bexley United                     42  16  10  16   70   77   42

 13. Dartford                          42  16   8  18   56   71   40

 14. Worcester City                    42  12  15  15   70   74   39

 15. Nuneaton Borough                  42  15   8  19   58   61   38

 16. Rugby Town                        42  15   8  19   68   86   38

 17. Margate                           42  12  13  17   68   81   37

 18. Wellington Town                   42  12   9  21   73   85   33

 19. Merthyr Tydfil                    42  12   8  22   69  108   32

 20. Hereford United                   42  12   7  23   58   86   31

 21. Kettering Town                    42  10   5  27   49   89   25

 22. Hinckley Athletic                 42   7   6  29   51  104   20

  (924 369 186 369 1574 1574 924)

 

Merthyr Tydfil, Hereford United, Kettering Town and Hinckley Athletic relegated.

 

First Division

  1. Folkestone Town                   42  28   7   7   82   38   63

  2. King’s Lynn                       42  28   5   9   94   44   61

  3. Cheltenham Town                   42  25  10   7   92   49   60

  4. Tonbridge                         42  24  11   7   98   54   59

  5. Corby Town                        42  24   7  11  114   56   55

  6. Stevenage Town                    42  21   6  15   70   59   48

  7. Ashford Town                      42  19   9  14   73   57   47

  8. Burton Albion                     42  19   8  15   76   70   46

  9. Poole Town                        42  17  11  14   75   61   45

 10. Dover                             42  18   9  15   86   75   45

 11. Canterbury City                   42  16  12  14   66   66   44

 12. Crawley Town                      42  20   2  20   81   71   42

 13. Trowbridge Town                   42  16   9  17   71   78   41

 14. Clacton Town                      42  19   1  22   76   88   39

 15. Gloucester City                   42  17   4  21   88   89   38

 16. Yiewsley                          42  15   8  19   63   77   38

 17. Sittingbourne                     42  15   8  19   52   70   38

 18. Ramsgate Athletic                 42  13   9  20   57   55   35

 19. Tunbridge Wells Rangers           42  10   8  24   47   89   28

 20. Gravesend & Northfleet            42   7   9  26   43   96   23

 21. Deal Town                         42   5   7  30   48  106   17

 22. Barry Town                        42   3   6  33   33  137   12

  (924 379 166 379 1585 1585 924)

 

Folkestone Town, King’s Lynn, Cheltenham Town and Tonbridge promoted. Clacton Town left the

Southern League and Wimbledon joined the competition from the Isthmian League. Yiewsley became

‘Hillingdon Borough’.

 

1964-1965

 

Premier Division

  1. Weymouth                          42  24   8  10   99   50   56

  2. Guildford City                    42  21  12   9   73   49   54

  3. Worcester City                    42  22   6  14  100   62   50

  4. Yeovil Town                       42  18  14  10   76   55   50

  5. Chelmsford City                   42  21   8  13   86   77   50

  6. Margate                           42  20   9  13   88   79   49

  7. Dartford                          42  17  11  14   74   64   45

  8. Nuneaton Borough                  42  19   7  16   57   55   45

  9. Cambridge United                  42  16  11  15   78   66   43

 10. Bedford Town                      42  17   9  16   66   70   43

 11. Cambridge City                    42  16   9  17   72   69   41

 12. Cheltenham Town                   42  15  11  16   72   78   41

 13. Folkestone Town                   42  17   7  18   72   79   41

 14. Romford                           42  17   7  18   61   70   41

 15. King’s Lynn                       42  13  13  16   56   79   39

 16. Tonbridge                         42  10  16  16   66   75   36

 17. Wellington Town                   42  13  10  19   63   78   36

 18. Rugby Town                        42  15   6  21   71   98   36

 19. Wisbech Town                      42  14   6  22   75   91   34

 20. Bexley United                     42  14   5  23   67   74   33

 21. Hastings United                   42   9  14  19   58   86   32

 22. Bath City                         42  13   3  26   60   86   29

  (924 361 202 361 1590 1590 924)

 

Wisbech Town, Bexley United, Hastings United and Bath City relegated.

 

First Division

  1. Hereford United                   42  34   4   4  124   39   72

  2. Wimbledon                         42  24  13   5  108   52   61

  3. Poole Town                        42  26   6  10   92   56   58

  4. Corby Town                        42  24   7  11   88   55   55

  5. Stevenage Town                    42  19  13  10   83   43   51

  6. Hillingdon Borough                42  21   7  14  105   63   49

  7. Crawley Town                      42  22   5  15   83   52   49

  8. Merthyr Tydfil                    42  20   9  13   75   59   49

  9. Gloucester City                   42  19  10  13   68   65   48

 10. Burton Albion                     42  20   7  15   83   75   47

 11. Canterbury City                   42  13  16  13   73   53   42

 12. Kettering Town                    42  14  13  15   74   64   41

 13. Ramsgate Athletic                 42  16   8  18   52   59   40

 14. Dover                             42  14  10  18   54   59   38

 15. Hinckley Athletic                 42  13   9  20   56   81   35

 16. Trowbridge Town                   42  13   5  24   68  106   31

 17. Ashford Town                      42  11   8  23   60   98   30

 18. Barry Town                        42  11   7  24   47  103   29

 19. Deal Town                         42   7  13  22   61  127   27

 20. Tunbridge Wells Rangers           42  10   6  26   51  107   26

 21. Gravesend & Northfleet            42   9   7  26   57  101   25

 22. Sittingbourne                     42   8   5  29   58  103   21

  (924 368 188 368 1620 1620 924)

 

Hereford United, Wimbledon, Poole Town and Corby Town promoted. Barnet and Dunstable Town

joined the Southern League.

 

1965-1966

 

Premier Division

  1. Weymouth                          42  22  13   7   70   35   57

  2. Chelmsford City                   42  21  12   9   74   50   54

  3. Hereford United                   42  21  10  11   81   49   52

  4. Bedford Town                      42  23   6  13   80   57   52

  5. Wimbledon                         42  20  10  12   80   47   50

  6. Cambridge City                    42  19  11  12   67   52   49

  7. Romford                           42  21   7  14   87   72   49

  8. Worcester City                    42  20   8  14   69   54   48

  9. Yeovil Town                       42  17  11  14   91   70   45

 10. Cambridge United                  42  18   9  15   72   64   45

 11. King’s Lynn                       42  18   7  17   75   72   43

 12. Corby Town                        42  16   9  17   66   73   41

 13. Wellington Town                   42  13  13  16   65   70   39

 14. Nuneaton Borough                  42  15   8  19   60   74   38

 15. Folkestone Town                   42  14   9  19   53   75   37

 16. Guildford City                    42  14   8  20   70   84   36

 17. Poole Town                        42  14   7  21   61   75   35

 18. Cheltenham Town                   42  13   9  20   69   99   35

 19. Dartford                          42  13   7  22   62   69   33

 20. Rugby Town                        42  11  10  21   67   95   32

 21. Tonbridge                         42  11   6  25   63  101   28

 22. Margate                           42   8  10  24   66  111   26

  (924 362 200 362 1548 1548 924)

 

Dartford, Rugby Town, Tonbridge and Margate relegated.

 

First Division

  1. Barnet                            46  30   9   7  114   49   69

  2. Hillingdon Borough                46  27  10   9  101   46   64

  3. Burton Albion                     46  28   8  10  121   60   64

  4. Bath City                         46  25  13   8   88   50   63

  5. Hastings United                   46  25  10  11  104   59   60

  6. Wisbech Town                      46  25   9  12   98   54   59

  7. Canterbury City                   46  25   8  13   89   66   58

  8. Stevenage Town                    46  23   9  14   86   49   55

  9. Kettering Town                    46  22   9  15   77   74   53

 10. Merthyr Tydfil                    46  22   6  18   95   68   50

 11. Dunstable Town                    46  15  14  17   76   72   44

 12. Crawley Town                      46  17  10  19   72   71   44

 13. Bexley United                     46  20   4  22   65   71   44

 14. Trowbridge Town                   46  16  11  19   79   81   43

 15. Dover                             46  17   8  21   59   62   42

 16. Barry Town                        46  16  10  20   72   94   42

 17. Gravesend & Northfleet            46  16   9  21   84   86   41

 18. Gloucester City                   46  14  12  20   75   98   40

 19. Sittingbourne                     46  11  12  23   77  121   34

 20. Ramsgate Athletic                 46   9  15  22   35   76   33

 21. Hinckley Athletic                 46  10  12  24   59   93   32

 22. Tunbridge Wells Rangers           46  12   8  26   47   88   32

 23. Ashford Town                      46   9  10  27   44   92   28

 24. Deal Town                         46   3   4  39   29  166   10

  (1104 437 230 437 1846 1846 1104)

 

Barnet, Hillingdon Borough, Burton Albion and Bath City promoted. Deal Town left the Southern

League, to which Banbury United were elected.