1897–98 Western Football League

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Western Football League
Season 1897–98
Champions Bristol City (Professional Section)
Bedminster (Amateur Division One)
Hanham (Amateur Division Two)

The 1897–98 season was the sixth in the history of the Western Football League.

For this season the league was restructured, with a new Professional Section being formed, taking five clubs from Division One and three new clubs joining. Division One and Division Two remained as the Amateur Section, with four clubs being promoted from Division Two to Division One, and several new clubs joining both divisions.

Bristol City were the champions of the new Professional Section, and also competed in the Southern League during this season, along with Swindon Town, Reading and Warmley. Division One of the Amateur Section was won by Bedminster, and the Division Two champions were newcomers Hanham. A large number of clubs left the Amateur Section at the end of the season, necessitating a merger of the two amateur divisions for the following season.[1]

Final tables[edit]

Professional Section[edit]

The three new clubs admitted to the league to play in this eight-club section were:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Bristol City 14 11 1 2 51 16 3.19 23 Left to concentrate on the Southern League
2 Swindon Town 14 9 1 4 32 15 2.13 19
3 Reading 14 7 2 5 29 25 1.16 16 Left to concentrate on the Southern League
4 Bristol St George 14 6 3 5 25 27 0.93 15
5 Eastville Rovers 14 6 2 6 38 25 1.52 14
6 Warmley 14 5 3 6 36 27 1.33 13
7 Eastleigh 14 3 2 9 22 55 0.4 8 Joined Southern League at the end of the season
8 Trowbridge Town 14 2 0 12 15 58 0.26 4

Amateur Division One[edit]

This ten-club division was a continuation of the old Division One, with six new clubs:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Bedminster (P) 16 15 0 1 65 11 5.91 30 Promoted to Professional Section
2 Staple Hill 16 11 1 4 38 15 2.53 23
3 Fishponds 16 8 2 6 26 30 0.87 18
4 Midsomer Norton 16 7 2 7 23 33 0.7 16
5 Barton Hill 16 6 2 8 25 25 1 14
6 Radstock 16 5 4 7 17 28 0.61 14 Left to concentrate on the Somerset Senior League
7 St Paul's 16 4 3 9 15 28 0.54 11 Left the league at the end of the season
8 Eastville Wanderers 16 4 1 11 15 16 0.94 9 Left the league at the end of the season
9 Mangotsfield 16 1 7 8 5 29 0.17 9 Left the league at the end of the season
10 Clifton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Resigned, record expunged †

† Clifton resigned early in the season, and their record was expunged.

Amateur Division Two[edit]

This eight-club division was a continuation of the old Division Two, with seven new clubs:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Hanham 10 9 1 0 32 8 4 19
2 Cotham 10 8 0 2 32 16 2 16
3 Barton Hill Reserves 10 4 2 4 20 14 1.43 10 Left the league at the end of the season
4 St Paul's Reserves 10 2 2 6 19 26 0.73 6 Left the league at the end of the season
5 Fishponds Reserves 10 1 1 8 10 25 0.4 3 Left the league at the end of the season
6 Bedminster Reserves 10 1 0 9 10 34 0.29 2 Left the league at the end of the season
7 Eastville Wanderers Reserves 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Resigned, record expunged †
8 Royal Artillery (Horfield) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Resigned, record expunged †

† Eastville Wanderers Reserves and Royal Artillery (Horfield) resigned early in the season, and their records were 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 Robinson, Michael (ed.), Non-League Football Tables 1889–2006, Soccer Books, 2006