1899–1900 Southern Football League

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The 1899–1900 season was the sixth in the history of the Southern League. This season saw the expansion of Division One up to 17 teams, though two of them resigned from league before the end of the season. Tottenham Hotspur were Division One champions for the first time, but no Southern League clubs applied for election to the Football League.

Division One[edit]

Southern Football League Division One
Season 1899–1900
Champions Tottenham Hotspur (1st title)
Promoted none
Relegated Bedminster (merged)
Sheppey United
Brighton United (resigned)
Cowes (resigned)
Matches played 210
Goals scored 676 (3.22 per match)

A total of 17 teams contest the division, including 13 sides from previous season and four new teams.

Teams promoted from Division Two:

  • Cowes
  • Thames Ironworks

Newly elected teams:

  • Queens Park Rangers
  • Bristol Rovers
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Tottenham Hotspur 28 20 4 4 67 26 2.58 44
2 Portsmouth 28 20 1 7 59 29 2.03 41
3 Southampton 28 17 1 10 70 33 2.12 35
4 Reading 28 15 2 11 41 28 1.46 32
5 Swindon Town 28 15 2 11 50 42 1.19 32
6 Bedminster 28 13 2 13 44 45 0.98 28 Left at end of season
7 Millwall Athletic 28 12 3 13 36 37 0.97 27
8 Queens Park Rangers 28 12 2 14 50 58 0.86 26
9 Bristol City 28 9 7 12 44 47 0.94 25
10 Bristol Rovers 28 11 3 14 46 55 0.84 25
11 New Brompton 28 9 6 13 39 49 0.8 24
12 Gravesend United 28 10 4 14 38 58 0.66 24
13 Chatham Town 28 10 3 15 38 58 0.66 23
14 Thames Ironworks 28 8 5 15 30 45 0.67 21 Relegation test matches, changed name to West Ham United at end of season
15 Sheppey United 28 3 7 18 24 66 0.36 13 Relegation test matches
16 Brighton United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Resigned from league after 22 matches record expunged
17 Cowes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Resigned from league after 13 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.[citation needed]

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

Source for league table:[1] (note: source does not refer to goal average)

Division Two[edit]

Southern Football League Division Two
Season 1899–1900
Champions Watford
Promoted Watford
Relegated Wolverton L&NWR (resigned)
Dartford (resigned)
Matches played 110
Goals scored 437 (3.97 per match)

A total of 11 teams contest the division, including nine sides from previous season and two new teams.

Newly elected teams:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Watford 20 14 2 4 57 25 2.28 30 Promotion test matches
2 Fulham 20 10 4 6 44 23 1.91 24
3 Chesham Town 20 11 2 7 43 37 1.16 24
4 Wolverton L&NWR 20 9 6 5 46 36 1.28 24 Left league at end of season
5 Grays United 20 8 6 6 63 29 2.17 22
6 Shepherds Bush 20 9 4 7 45 37 1.22 22
7 Dartford 20 8 3 9 36 44 0.82 19 Left league at end of season
8 Wycombe Wanderers 20 8 3 9 35 50 0.7 19
9 Brentford 20 5 7 8 31 48 0.65 17
10 Southall 20 6 3 11 21 44 0.48 15
11 Maidenhead 20 1 2 17 16 64 0.25 4

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 two clubs in Division Two. Thames Ironworks retained their place in Division One after beating Fulham 5–1, whilst Watford were promoted after beating Sheppey United 2–1, a result which saw the latter relegated.[2]


Division One clubs v Division Two clubs

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Final Tables Division One". England - Southern League Final Tables. RSSSF. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Sheppey United at the Football Club History Database

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