1908–09 Southern Football League

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The 1908–09 season was the 15th in the history of Southern Football League. Northampton Town won Division One and Croydon Common finished top of Division Two.[1] No clubs applied for election to the Football League.

Division One[edit]

Southern Football League Division One
Season 1908–09
Champions Northampton Town (1st title)
Promoted none
Relegated none
Matches played 420
Goals scored 1276 (3.04 per match)

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

Team promoted from 1907-08 Division Two:

  • Southend United

Newly elected teams:

  • Exeter City
  • Coventry City
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2
1 Northampton Town 40 25 5 10 90 45 2 55
2 Swindon Town 40 22 5 13 96 55 1.75 49
3 Southampton 40 19 10 11 67 58 1.16 48
4 Portsmouth 40 18 10 12 68 60 1.13 46
5 Bristol Rovers 40 17 9 14 60 63 0.95 43
6 Exeter City 40 18 6 16 56 65 0.86 42
7 New Brompton 40 17 7 16 48 59 0.81 41
8 Reading 40 11 18 11 60 57 1.05 40
9 Luton Town 40 17 6 17 59 60 0.98 40
10 Plymouth Argyle 40 15 10 15 46 47 0.98 40
11 Millwall 40 16 6 18 59 61 0.97 38
12 Southend United 40 14 10 16 52 54 0.96 38
13 Leyton 40 15 8 17 52 55 0.95 38
14 Watford 40 14 9 17 51 64 0.8 37
15 Queens Park Rangers 40 12 12 16 52 50 1.04 36
16 Crystal Palace 40 12 12 16 62 62 1 36
17 West Ham United 40 16 4 20 56 60 0.93 36
18 Brighton & Hove Albion 40 14 7 19 60 61 0.98 35
19 Norwich City 40 12 11 17 59 75 0.78 35
20 Coventry City 40 15 4 21 64 91 0.70 34
21 Brentford 40 13 7 20 59 74 0.79 33

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 1908–09
Champions Croydon Common
Promoted Croydon Common
Relegated Depot Battalion RE (resigned)
2nd Grenadier Guards (resigned)
Matches played 42
Goals scored 214 (5.1 per match)

A total of seven teams contest the division, including 3 sides from previous season and four new teams, all of them are newly elected teams.

Newly elected teams:

  • 2nd Grenadier Guards
  • Chesham Town
  • Depot Battalion RE
  • South Farnborough Athletic
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Croydon Common 12 10 0 2 67 14 4.79 20 Promoted to Division One
2 Hastings & St Leonards 12 8 1 3 42 18 2.33 17
3 Depot Battalion RE 12 8 1 3 23 22 1.05 17 Left league at end of season
4 2nd Grenadier Guards 12 5 0 7 21 33 0.64 10
5 South Farnborough Athletic 12 2 4 6 20 39 0.51 8
6 Salisbury City 12 3 1 8 24 36 0.67 7
7 Chesham Town 12 2 1 9 17 52 0.33 5

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.

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