1895–96 Southern Football League

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The 1895-96 season was the second in the history of the Southern League. Luton Town applied for election to the Football League. However, the election wasn't successful. Millwall Athletic won Division One for the second successive season.

Division One[edit]

Southern Football League Division One
Season 1895–96
Champions Millwall Athletic (2nd title)
Promoted none
Relegated Luton Town (resigned)
Clapton (resigned)
Ilford
Matches played 90
Goals scored 406 (4.51 per match)

Division One featured one new club, who had been promoted from Division Two the previous season:

  • New Brompton
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Millwall Athletic 18 16 1 1 75 16 4.69 33
2 Luton Town 18 13 1 4 68 14 4.86 27 Left to join the United League at end of season
3 Southampton St.Mary's 18 12 0 6 44 23 1.91 24
4 Reading 18 11 1 6 45 38 1.18 23
5 Chatham Town 18 9 2 7 43 45 0.96 20
6 New Brompton 18 7 4 7 30 37 0.81 18
7 Swindon Town 18 6 4 8 38 41 0.93 16
8 Clapton 18 4 2 12 30 67 0.45 10 Relegation test matches, left league despite winning
9 Royal Ordnance Factories 18 3 3 12 23 44 0.52 9 Relegation test matches
10 Ilford 18 0 0 18 10 81 0.12 0 Relegation test matches, left league after losing

1 The system of using goal average to separate two teams tied on points was used up until the 1976-77 season.

2 The points system: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for losing.

Division Two[edit]

Southern Football League Division Two
Season 1895–96
Champions Wolverton LNWR
Promoted Wolverton LNWR
Sheppey United
Relegated Guildford (resigned)
Bromley(resigned)
Windsor & Eton(resigned)
Matches played 72
Goals scored 282 (3.92 per match)

Division Two featured four new clubs, all of which were newly elected:

  • 1st Scots Guards
  • Guildford
  • Windsor & Eton
  • Wolverton LNWR
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Wolverton LNWR 16 13 1 2 43 10 4.3 27 Promotion test matches
2 Sheppey United 16 11 3 2 60 19 3.15 25
3 1st Scots Guards 16 8 5 3 37 22 1.68 21
4 Uxbridge 16 9 1 6 28 23 1.22 19
5 Old St.Stephen's 16 6 3 7 34 21 1.62 15
6 Guildford 16 7 1 8 29 41 0.71 15 Left league at end of season
7 Maidenhead 16 4 1 11 20 49 0.41 9
8 Chesham 16 2 3 11 15 48 0.31 7
9 Bromley 16 2 2 12 16 49 0.33 6 Left league at end of season
10 Windsor & Eton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Resigned from league after one match, record expunged

1 The system of using goal average to separate two teams tied on points was used up until the 1976-77 season.

2 The points system: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for losing.

Promotion-relegation test matches[edit]

At the end of the season, test matches were held between the bottom three clubs in Division One and the top three clubs in Division Two. Wolverston LNWR and Sheppey United were promoted after the play-offs, whilst Clapton remained in Division One. Although they later resigned from the league, 1st Scot Guards (who they had beaten in the play-offs) were not promoted in their place, and instead Royal Ordnance Factories kept their place in Division One.


Division One clubs v Division Two clubs

Football League elections[edit]

Luton Town applied for election to Division Two of the Football League. However, the election wasn't successful.[1]

Club League Votes
Blackpool Lancashire League 19
Walsall Town Swifts Midland League 16
Gainsborough Trinity Midland League 15
Burslem Port Vale Football League 10
Luton Town Southern League 10
Crewe Alexandra Football League 4
Fairfield Lancashire League 3
Glossop North End The Combination 3
Tottenham Hotspur Southern League 2
Macclesfield The Combination 2

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