1909–10 Southern Football League

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The 1909–10 season was the 16th in the history of Southern Football League. Brighton & Hove Albion won Division One for the first time, Stoke and Hastings & St Leonards finished top of the Division Two groups, though they were not promoted to Division One.[1] Stoke were the only club to apply for election to the Football League, but were unsuccessful.

Division One[edit]

Southern Football League Division One
Season 1909–10
Champions Brighton & Hove Albion (1st title)
Promoted none
Relegated Croydon Common
Reading
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1362 (2.95 per match)

A total of 22 teams contest the division, including 21 sides from previous season and one new team.

Team promoted from 1908-09 Division Two:

  • Croydon Common
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 23 13 6 69 28 2.46 59
2 Swindon Town 42 22 10 10 92 46 2 54
3 Queens Park Rangers 42 19 13 10 56 47 1.19 51
4 Northampton Town 42 22 4 16 90 44 2.05 48
5 Southampton 42 16 16 10 64 55 1.16 48
6 Portsmouth 42 20 7 15 70 63 1.11 47
7 Crystal Palace 42 20 6 16 69 50 1.38 46
8 Coventry City 42 19 8 15 71 60 1.18 46
9 West Ham United 42 15 15 12 69 56 1.23 45
10 Leyton 42 16 11 15 60 46 1.3 43
11 Plymouth Argyle 42 16 11 15 61 54 1.13 43
12 New Brompton 42 19 5 18 76 74 1.03 43
13 Bristol Rovers 42 16 10 16 37 48 0.77 42
14 Brentford 42 16 9 17 50 58 0.86 41
15 Luton Town 42 15 11 16 72 92 0.78 41
16 Millwall 42 15 7 20 45 59 0.76 37
17 Norwich City 42 13 9 20 59 78 0.75 35
18 Exeter City 42 14 6 22 60 69 0.86 34
19 Watford 42 10 13 19 51 76 0.67 33
20 Southend United 42 12 9 21 51 90 0.56 33
21 Croydon Common 42 13 5 24 52 96 0.54 31 Relegated to Division Two
22 Reading 42 7 10 25 38 73 0.52 24

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 A[edit]

Southern Football League Division Two A
Season 1909–10
Champions Stoke
Promoted none
Relegated Burton United (resigned)
Matches played 30
Goals scored 102 (3.4 per match)

All the clubs in the new Division Two A were new to the Southern League, except Salisbury City participated in league since 1906.

Pos Club P W D L GF1 GA1 GAv2 Pts3 Notes
1 Stoke 10 10 0 0 48 9 5.33 20
2 Ton Pentre 10 4 2 4 17 21 0.80 10
3 Merthyr Town 9 4 1 4 16 21 0.76 9
4 Salisbury City 8 2 1 5 7 18 0.39 5
5 Burton United 6 2 0 4 8 21 0.38 4 Left league at end of season
6 Aberdare 7 1 0 6 6 11 0.55 2

1 Number of goals for and/or against is inaccurate.

2 The system of using goal average to separate two teams tied on points was used up until the 1976-77 season.

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

Division Two B[edit]

Southern Football League Division Two B
Season 1909–10
Champions Hastings & St Leonards
Promoted none
Relegated Hastings & St Leonards (resigned)
Peterborough City (resigned)
South Farnborough Athletic (resigned)
Romford (resigned)
Matches played 30
Goals scored 133 (4.43 per match)

A total of six teams contest the division, including 3 sides from previous season Division Two and three new teams, all of them are newly elected teams.

Newly elected teams:

  • Kettering
  • Peterborough City
  • Romford
Pos Club P W D L GF1 GA1 GAv2 Pts3 Notes
1 Hastings & St Leonards 9 6 3 0 26 11 2.36 15 Left league at end of season
2 Kettering 10 6 0 4 34 19 1.78 12
3 Chesham Town 10 5 2 3 25 25 1 12
4 Peterborough City 10 4 2 4 16 23 0.7 10 Left league at end of season
5 South Farnborough Athletic 10 4 1 5 23 19 1.21 9
6 Romford 9 0 0 9 7 33 0.21 0

1 Number of goals for and/or against is inaccurate.

2 The system of using goal average to separate two teams tied on points was used up until the 1976-77 season.

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

Football League elections[edit]

Stoke were the only Southern League club to apply for election to the Football League, but received only three votes.[2]

Club League Votes
Birmingham Football League 30
Huddersfield Town Midland League 26
Grimsby Town Football League 12
Chesterfield Town Midland League 6
Stoke Southern League 3
Hartlepools United North Eastern League 2

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