1908–09 Western Football League

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Western Football League
Season 1908–09
Champions Millwall (Division One)
Bristol City Reserves (Division Two)

The 1908–09 season was the 17th in the history of the Western Football League.

For the last time, Division One was split into two sections of six clubs, reorganised from the previous season, with the winner of each section playing each other in a Championship decider. Brighton & Hove Albion won Section A and reigning champions Millwall won Section B, with Millwall winning the decider 2–1 in a replay after the first match was drawn. At the end of this season, all 14 clubs in Division One resigned from the League, leaving Division Two as the only division in the league. All the member clubs of Division One also competed in the Southern League during this season. As with the previous season, the Division Two champions were Bristol City Reserves.[1]

Final tables[edit]

Division One[edit]

One new club joined Division One, which remained at 14 clubs after Tottenham Hotspur left.

Section A[edit]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Brighton & Hove Albion 12 7 2 3 23 13 1.77 16 All clubs left at the end of the season
2 Queens Park Rangers 12 6 1 5 28 24 1.17 13
3 Crystal Palace 12 5 2 5 23 22 1.04 12
4 Luton Town 12 5 2 5 24 24 1 12
5 Croydon Common 12 5 2 5 16 24 0.67 12
6 Reading 12 4 2 6 19 21 0.9 10
7 Leyton 12 4 1 7 16 21 0.76 9

Section B[edit]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Millwall 12 8 2 2 24 11 2.18 18 All clubs left at the end of the season
2 Southampton 12 7 0 5 20 20 1 14
3 Plymouth Argyle 12 6 1 5 12 13 0.92 13
4 Portsmouth 12 5 2 5 21 21 1 12
5 West Ham United 12 5 0 7 21 23 0.91 10
6 Bristol Rovers 12 4 1 7 16 23 0.7 9
7 Brentford 12 3 2 7 10 13 0.77 8

Championship decider[edit]

At the end of the season, the winners of the two sections played a match to decide the overall champions. For the first time, the match was drawn and a replay was arranged.[1]


Section A v Section B

Division Two[edit]

Three new clubs joined Division Two, which was increased from nine to 12 clubs.

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Bristol City Reserves 22 15 4 3 59 16 3.69 34
2 Bristol Rovers Reserves 22 16 0 6 81 29 2.79 32
3 Aberdare 22 12 5 5 56 30 1.87 29
4 Treharris 22 12 2 8 57 45 1.27 26
5 Staple Hill 22 9 4 9 41 60 0.68 22 Disbanded at the end of the season
6 Radstock Town 22 8 5 9 37 60 0.62 21
7 Weymouth 22 8 4 10 47 64 0.73 20
8 Bath City 22 6 7 9 39 45 0.87 19
9 Barry District 22 8 3 11 42 50 0.84 19
10 Welton Rovers 22 7 3 12 41 54 0.76 17
11 Kingswood Rovers 22 5 3 14 24 55 0.44 13
12 Paulton Rovers 22 5 2 15 39 55 0.71 12

1 The system of using goal average to separate two teams tied on points was used up to and including 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. ^ a b Robinson, Michael (ed.), Non-League Football Tables 1889–2006, Soccer Books, 2006