1911–12 Southern Football League

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The 1911–12 Southern Football League season was the 18th in the history of the Southern League. Queens Park Rangers won their second league championship (the first being in 1907-08), but no clubs applied to join the Football League. Luton Town, who finished second bottom of Division One were relegated to Division Two, whilst Leyton, who finished bottom, left the Southern League after 7 seasons of participation to join the South Essex League.

Merthyr Town won the Division Two championship and were promoted to Division One together with runners-up Portsmouth, who returned to Division One after one season of absence. Walsall, who also played in the Birmingham & District League, left the Southern League, but continued to play in the Birmingham & District League. Kettering also left the Southern League along with Cwm Albion and Chesham Town, who became a founder member of the Athenian League.

Division One[edit]

Southern Football League Division One
Season 1911–12
Champions Queens Park Rangers (2nd title)
Promoted none
Relegated Croydon Common
Reading
Matches played 380
Goals scored 1115 (2.93 per match)

A total of 20 teams contest the division, including 18 sides from previous season and two new teams.

Teams promoted from 1910-11 Division Two:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Queens Park Rangers 38 21 11 6 59 35 1.69 53
2 Plymouth Argyle 38 23 6 9 63 31 2.03 52
3 Northampton Town 38 22 7 9 82 41 2.00 51
4 Swindon Town 38 21 6 11 82 50 1.64 48
5 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 19 9 10 73 35 2.09 47
6 Coventry City 38 17 8 13 66 54 1.22 42
7 Crystal Palace 38 15 10 13 70 46 1.52 40
8 Millwall 38 15 10 13 60 57 1.05 40
9 Watford 38 13 10 15 56 58 0.97 36
10 Stoke 38 13 10 15 51 63 0.81 36
11 Reading 38 11 14 13 43 68 0.62 36
12 Norwich City 38 10 14 14 40 60 0.67 34
13 West Ham United 38 13 7 18 64 69 0.93 33
14 Brentford 38 12 9 17 60 65 0.92 33
15 Exeter City 38 11 11 16 48 62 0.77 33
16 Southampton 38 10 11 17 46 63 0.73 31
17 Bristol Rovers 38 9 13 16 41 62 0.66 31
18 New Brompton 38 11 9 18 35 72 0.49 31 Changed name to Gillingham at end of season
19 Luton Town 38 9 10 19 49 61 0.80 28 Relegated to Division Two
20 Leyton 38 7 11 20 27 62 0.44 25 Left to join South Essex 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 1911–12
Champions Merthyr Town
Promoted Merthyr Town
Portsmouth
Relegated Walsall (resigned)
Kettering (resigned)
Cwm Albion (resigned)
Chesham Town (resigned)
Matches played 178
Goals scored 645 (3.62 per match)

A total of 14 teams contest the division, including 9 sides from previous season, two teams relegated from Division One and three new teams.

Teams relegated from 1910-11 Division One:

Newly elected teams:

  • Cwm Albion
  • Mardy
  • Pontypridd
Pos Club P W D L GF1 GA1 GAv2 Pts3 Notes
1 Merthyr Town 26 19 3 4 60 14 4.29 41 Promoted to Division One
2 Portsmouth 26 19 3 4 73 20 3.65 41
3 Cardiff City 26 15 4 7 55 26 2.12 34
4 Southend United 26 16 1 9 73 24 3.04 33
5 Pontypridd 26 13 6 7 39 24 1.63 32
6 Ton Pentre 26 12 3 11 56 45 1.24 27
7 Walsall 25 13 1 11 44 41 1.07 27 One match against Cwm Albion not played. Left league at end of season
8 Treharris 26 11 5 10 44 47 0.94 27
9 Aberdare 26 10 3 13 39 44 0.89 23
10 Kettering 26 11 0 15 37 62 0.60 22 Left league at end of season
11 Croydon Common 25 8 2 15 43 45 0.96 18 One match against Cwm Albion not played
12 Mardy 24 6 6 12 37 51 0.73 18 Both matches against Cwm Albion not played
13 Cwm Albion 22 5 1 16 27 70 0.39 11 Unable to complete fixtures due to a coal strike, left league at end of season
14 Chesham Town 26 1 0 25 18 131 0.14 2 Left to join Athenian League at end of season

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.

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