1903–04 Southern Football League

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The 1903–04 season was the tenth in the history of Southern League. Division One, expanded up to 18 teams, was won by Southampton for the 6th time in history. Watford finished top of Division Two, earning automatic promotion,[1] the first time that test matches had not been held. No clubs applied to join the Football League.

Division One[edit]

Southern Football League Division One
Season 1903–04
Champions Southampton (6th title)
Promoted none
Relegated Kettering (resigned)
Matches played 306
Goals scored 809 (2.64 per match)

A total of 18 teams contest the division, including 15 sides from previous season and three new teams.

Teams promoted from Division Two:

  • Brighton & Hove Albion
  • Fulham

Newly elected team:

  • Plymouth Argyle
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Southampton 34 22 6 6 75 30 2.5 50
2 Tottenham Hotspur 34 16 11 7 54 37 1.46 43
3 Bristol Rovers 34 17 8 9 64 42 1.52 42
4 Portsmouth 34 17 8 9 41 38 1.08 42
5 Queens Park Rangers 34 15 11 8 53 37 1.43 41
6 Reading 34 14 13 7 48 35 1.37 41
7 Millwall 34 16 8 10 64 42 1.52 40
8 Luton Town 34 14 12 8 38 33 1.15 40
9 Plymouth Argyle 34 13 10 11 44 34 1.29 36
10 Swindon Town 34 10 11 13 30 42 0.71 31
11 Fulham 34 9 12 13 34 36 0.94 30
12 West Ham United 34 10 7 17 39 44 0.89 27
13 Brentford 34 9 9 16 34 48 0.71 27
14 Wellingborough 34 11 5 18 44 63 0.7 27
15 Northampton Town 34 10 7 17 36 60 0.6 27
16 New Brompton 34 6 13 15 26 43 0.6 25
17 Brighton & Hove Albion 34 6 12 16 46 69 0.66 24
18 Kettering 34 6 7 21 39 76 0.51 19 Left league at end of season

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 1903–04
Champions Watford
Promoted Watford
Relegated Millwall II (resigned)
Chesham Town (resigned)
Matches played 110
Goals scored 480 (4.36 per match)

A total of eleven teams contest the division, including 4 sides from previous season, one team relegated from Division One and six new clubs in Division Two this season, all of which were reserve teams.


Teams promoted from Division Two:

  • Watford

Newly elected teams:

  • Millwall II
  • Fulham II
  • Portsmouth II
  • Reading II
  • Southampton II
  • Swindon Town II
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Watford 20 18 2 0 70 15 4.67 38 Promoted to Division One
2 Portsmouth II 20 15 2 3 85 25 3.4 32
3 Millwall II 20 9 4 7 35 39 0.9 22 Left league at end of season
4 Southampton II 20 9 3 8 59 35 1.69 21
5 Grays United 20 9 3 8 25 55 0.45 21
6 Fulham II 20 8 4 8 40 34 1.18 20
7 Swindon Town II 20 8 3 9 50 44 1.14 19
8 Reading II 20 8 2 10 43 42 1.02 18
9 Wycombe Wanderers 20 5 5 10 29 64 0.45 15
10 Southall 20 4 2 14 25 62 0.4 10
11 Chesham Town 20 1 2 17 19 65 0.29 4 Left league at end of season

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Watford at the Football Club History Database

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