1898–99 Southern Football League

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The 1898-99 season was the fifth in the history of the Southern League. This season saw the expansion of Division One up to 14 teams and creation of Division Two South-West, though it was disbanded at the end of the season after all its clubs left. No Southern League clubs applied for promotion to the Football League. Southampton were Division One champions for the third season in a row. Overall Division Two champions being decided in a playoff in which Thames Ironworks defeated Cowes 3-1 at The Den.[1]

Division One[edit]

Southern Football League Division One
Season 1898–99
Champions Southampton (3rd title)
Promoted none
Relegated Warmley (resigned)
Matches played 156
Goals scored 506 (3.24 per match)

A total of 14 teams contest the division, including ten sides from previous season and four new teams.

Teams promoted from Division Two:

  • Royal Artillery - test matches winners
  • Warmley - test matches winners

Newly elected teams:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Southampton 24 15 5 4 54 24 2.25 35
2 Bristol City 24 15 3 6 55 33 1.67 33
3 Millwall Athletic 24 12 6 6 59 35 1.69 30
4 Chatham Town 24 10 8 6 32 23 1.39 28
5 Reading 24 9 8 7 31 24 1.29 26
6 New Brompton 24 10 5 9 38 30 1.27 25
7 Tottenham Hotspur 24 10 4 10 40 36 1.11 24
8 Bedminster 24 10 4 10 35 39 0.9 24
9 Swindon Town 24 9 5 10 43 49 0.88 23
10 Brighton United 24 9 2 13 37 48 0.77 20
11 Gravesend United 24 7 5 12 42 52 0.81 19
12 Sheppey United 24 5 3 16 23 53 0.43 13 Relegation test matches
13 Royal Artillery 24 4 4 16 17 60 0.28 12 Relegation test matches, changed name to Portsmouth at end of season
14 Warmley 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Resigned from League after 17 matches, 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.

Division Two London[edit]

Southern Football League Division Two London
Season 1898–99
Champions Thames Ironworks
Promoted none
Relegated St Albans (folded)
Uxbridge (resigned)
Matches played 132
Goals scored 597 (4.52 per match)

Division Two London was formed on basis of previous season Division Two. A total of 12 teams contest the division, including eight sides from previous season and four new teams.

Team relegated from Division One:

  • Wolverton L&NWR - test matches losers

Newly elected teams:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Thames Ironworks 22 19 1 2 64 16 4 39 Promotion test matches
2 Wolverton L&NWR 22 13 4 5 88 43 2.05 30
3 Watford 22 14 2 6 62 35 1.77 30
4 Brentford 22 11 3 8 59 39 1.51 25
5 Wycombe Wanderers 22 10 2 10 55 57 0.96 22
6 Southall 22 11 0 11 44 55 0.8 22
7 Chesham 22 9 2 11 45 62 0.73 20 Changed name to Chesham Town at end of season
8 St Albans 22 8 3 11 45 59 0.76 19 Folded at end of season
9 Shepherds Bush 22 7 3 12 37 53 0.7 17
10 Fulham 22 6 4 12 36 44 0.82 16
11 Uxbridge 22 7 2 13 29 48 0.6 16 Left league at end of season
12 Maidenhead 22 3 2 17 33 86 0.38 8

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 South-West[edit]

Southern Football League Division Two South-West
Season 1898–99
Champions Cowes
Promoted none
Relegated league disbanded
Matches played 30
Goals scored 160 (5.33 per match)

Division Two South-West was newly formed and short-lived formation. At the end of the season division was liquidated and the League returned to 2-division structure.

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Cowes 10 10 0 0 52 10 5.2 20 Promotion test matches
2 Ryde 10 7 0 3 30 11 2.73 14 Left league at end of season
3 Freemantle 10 5 0 5 21 32 0.66 10 Left league at end of season
4 Sandown Bay 10 4 0 6 22 34 0.65 8 Left league at end of season
5 Eastleigh 10 2 0 8 19 32 0.59 4 Left league at end of season
6 Andover 10 2 0 8 16 41 0.39 4 Left league at end of season
7 East Lancs Regiment 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Resigned from league after three matches, record expunged
8 Trowbridge Town 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Resigned from league after three matches, 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 two clubs in Division One and the top club in both Division Twos. Royal Artillery lost 4-1 to Cowes, but remained in Division One after reforming as Portsmouth, whilst Cowes were promoted. Sheppey United and Thames Ironworks drew 1-1, leading to Sheppey remaining in Division One and Thames Ironworks joining them.[1]


Division One clubs v Division Two clubs

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Thames Ironworks at the Football Club History Database

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