1907–08 Southern Football League

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The 1907–08 season was the 14th in the history of Southern Football League. Queens Park Rangers won Division One, whilst Bradford Park Avenue and Tottenham Hotspur were elected to the Football League. Southend United won Division Two and were promoted to Division One.[1] At the end of the season all the reserve teams quit the Division Two.

Division One[edit]

Southern Football League Division One
Season 1907–08
Champions Queens Park Rangers (1st title)
Promoted Tottenham Hotspur
Bradford Park Avenue
Relegated none
Matches played 380
Goals scored 1045 (2.75 per match)

A total of 20 teams contest the division, including 19 sides from previous season and one new team.

Newly elected teams:

  • Bradford Park Avenue
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Queens Park Rangers 38 21 9 8 82 57 1.44 51
2 Plymouth Argyle 38 19 11 8 50 31 1.61 49
3 Millwall 38 19 8 11 49 32 1.53 46
4 Crystal Palace 38 17 10 11 54 51 1.06 44
5 Swindon Town 38 16 10 12 55 40 1.38 42
6 Bristol Rovers 38 16 10 12 59 56 1.05 42
7 Tottenham Hotspur 38 17 7 14 59 48 1.23 41 Elected to the 1908–09 Football League
8 Northampton Town 38 15 11 12 50 41 1.22 41
9 Portsmouth 38 17 6 15 64 52 1.23 40
10 West Ham United 38 15 10 13 47 48 0.98 40
11 Southampton 38 16 6 16 51 60 0.85 38
12 Reading 38 15 6 17 55 50 1.1 36
13 Bradford Park Avenue 38 12 12 14 53 54 0.98 36 Elected to the 1908–09 Football League
14 Watford 38 12 10 16 47 59 0.8 34
15 Norwich City 38 12 9 17 46 49 0.94 33
16 Brentford 38 14 5 19 49 53 0.92 33
17 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 12 8 18 46 59 0.77 32
18 Luton Town 38 12 6 20 33 56 0.58 30
19 Leyton 38 8 11 19 52 74 0.70 27
20 New Brompton 38 9 7 22 44 75 0.58 25

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 1907–08
Champions Southend United
Promoted Southend United
Relegated Portsmouth II
Southampton II
Tunbridge Wells Rangers
Swindon Town II
Brighton & Hove Albion II
Wycombe Wanderers
(all resigned)
Matches played 90
Goals scored 381 (4.23 per match)

A total of 10 teams contest the division, including 8 sides from previous season and two new teams, both of them are newly elected teams.

Newly elected teams:

  • Croydon Common
  • Brighton & Hove Albion II
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Southend United 18 13 3 2 47 16 2.94 29 Promoted to 1908-09 Division One
2 Portsmouth II 18 10 5 3 39 22 1.77 25 Left league at end of season
3 Croydon Common 18 10 3 5 35 25 1.4 23
4 Hastings & St Leonards 18 10 2 6 43 29 1.48 22
5 Southampton II 18 7 4 7 54 46 1.17 18 Left league at end of season
6 Tunbridge Wells Rangers 18 7 3 8 42 38 1.11 17
7 Salisbury City 18 6 4 8 35 46 0.76 16
8 Swindon Town II 18 5 5 8 36 40 0.9 15 Left league at end of season
9 Brighton & Hove Albion II 18 4 4 10 34 47 0.72 12
10 Wycombe Wanderers 18 1 1 16 16 72 0.22 3

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.

Football League elections[edit]

Three Southern League clubs, Bradford Park Avenue, Queens Park Rangers and Tottenham Hotspur, applied for election to the Football League, although QPR later withdrew their application.[2] Bradford PA were successful in the ballot, and replaced Lincoln City in the League. However, Stoke later resigned from the League, and a special meeting was arranged to elect a new member. Although at the meeting Stoke stated that they wished to remain in the League, a ballot was still held, in which Stoke and Tottenham won 20 votes (Rotherham County and Southport Central were also involved), after which the management committee voted 5-3 in favour of Tottenham.

Club League Votes
Grimsby Town Football League 32
Chesterfield Town Football League 23
Bradford Park Avenue Southern League 20
Lincoln City Football League 18
Tottenham Hotspur Southern League 14
Burton United Birmingham & District League 1

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