1895–96 Western Football League

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Western Football League
Season 1895–96
Champions Warmley (Division One)
Barton Hill (Division Two)

The 1895–96 season was the fourth in the history of the Western Football League, and the first to be held under this name. The league had been known as the Bristol & District League until this season.

Warmley were the Division One champions for the third time in four years. Barton Hill won Division Two but were not promoted.[1]

Final tables[edit]

Division One[edit]

Two new clubs joined Division One for this season, though the number of clubs remained at 12 after Hereford Thistle and Clevedon left.

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Warmley 20 16 3 1 65 13 5 35
2 Eastville Rovers 20 14 1 5 57 22 2.59 29
2 Staple Hill 20 13 3 4 48 19 2.53 29
4 Trowbridge Town 20 13 1 6 50 31 1.61 27
5 St George 20 10 4 6 47 38 1.24 24
6 Clifton 20 8 3 9 44 50 0.88 17*
7 Gloucester 20 6 4 10 29 42 0.69 16 Left the league at the end of the season
8 Bedminster 20 6 2 12 36 41 0.88 14
9 Swindon Wanderers 20 4 4 22 57 63 0.90 12 Left the league at the end of the season
10 Mangotsfield (R) 20 3 3 14 17 54 0.31 9 Relegated to Division Two
11 St Paul's 20 2 2 16 12 60 0.2 6
12 Cardiff 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Expelled, record expunged †
  • Eastville Rovers and Staple Hill were declared joint runners-up.[1]

* Clifton had two points deducted for a breach of the rules.
† Cardiff were expelled in January 1896 for non-payment of fines, and their record was expunged.

Division Two[edit]

Four new teams joined Division Two this season, though the number of clubs remained at 11 after Mangotsfield Reserves, Waverley and Willsbridge left the league and St Paul's were promoted to Division One.

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Barton Hill 18 15 2 1 45 16 2.81 32
2 Fishponds 18 11 4 3 33 14 2.36 26
3 St George Reserves 18 11 3 4 52 22 2.36 25 Left the league at the end of the season
4 Eastville Wanderers 18 10 2 6 34 23 1.48 22
5 Eastville Rovers Reserves 18 8 4 6 43 31 1.39 20
6 Cumberland 18 7 3 8 47 35 1.34 17 Left the league at the end of the season
7 Staple Hill Reserves 18 7 2 9 34 58 0.59 16
8 Bedminster Reserves 18 6 1 11 35 38 0.92 13
9 Warmley Reserves 18 4 1 13 23 29 0.79 9 Left the league at the end of the season
10 Clifton Reserves 18 0 0 18 10 84 0.12 0 Left the league at the end of the season
11 Frenchay 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Resigned, record expunged †

† Frenchay resigned during the season and their record was expunged.

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

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

3 The tables as published at the time contained errors, hence the totals do not balance in some columns.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Robinson, Michael (ed.), Non-League Football Tables 1889–2006, Soccer Books, 2006