1919–20 Southern Football League

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The 1919–20 season was the 22nd in the history of the Southern League, and the first following World War I. Portsmouth won the Southern League championship for the second time, whilst Mid Rhondda won Division Two. There were no promotions or relegations between divisions at the end of the season as all of the clubs in Division One bar Cardiff City were elected to the new Division Three of the Football League, with Cardiff elected to Division Two.

With only 10 clubs remaining (Caerphilly left the league) the league went through a realignment. The league was split into two national sections for England and Wales, with the winners of each section contesting a playoff for the Southern League championship. The remaining clubs in Division Two moved to the Welsh Section. In the English Section, Brighton & Hove Albion Reserves, Chatham Town, Millwall Reserves, Portsmouth Reserves, Reading Reserves, Southampton Reserves, and Watford Reserves rejoined the Southern League. New clubs to join were Boscombe, Charlton Athletic, Gillingham Reserves, Luton Town Reserves, Norwich City Reserves, and Thornycrofts.

Division One[edit]

Southern Football League Division One
Season 1919–20
Champions Portsmouth (2nd title)
Promoted Cardiff City
Relegated none
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1275 (2.76 per match)

A total of 22 teams contest the division, including 18 sides from previous season and four new teams.

Teams promoted from 1914-15 Division Two:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2
1 Portsmouth 42 23 12 7 73 27 2.70 58
2 Watford 42 26 6 10 69 42 1.64 58
3 Crystal Palace 42 22 12 8 69 43 1.61 56
4 Cardiff City 42 18 17 7 70 43 1.63 53 Elected to the 1920-21 Football League Second Division
5 Plymouth Argyle 42 20 10 12 57 29 1.97 50
6 Queens Park Rangers 42 18 10 14 62 50 1.24 46
7 Reading 42 16 13 13 51 43 1.19 45
8 Southampton 42 18 8 16 72 63 1.14 44
9 Swansea Town 42 16 11 15 53 45 1.18 43
10 Exeter City 42 17 9 16 57 51 1.12 43
11 Southend United 42 13 17 12 46 48 0.96 43
12 Norwich City 42 15 11 16 64 57 1.12 41
13 Swindon Town 42 17 7 18 65 68 0.96 41
14 Millwall 42 14 12 16 52 55 0.95 34
15 Brentford 42 15 10 17 52 59 0.88 40
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 14 8 20 60 72 0.83 36
17 Bristol Rovers 42 11 13 18 61 78 0.78 35
18 Newport County 42 13 7 22 45 70 0.64 33
19 Northampton Town 42 12 9 21 64 103 0.62 33
20 Luton Town 42 10 10 22 51 76 0.67 30
21 Merthyr Town 42 9 11 22 47 78 0.60 29
22 Gillingham 42 10 7 25 34 74 0.46 27

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 1919–20
Champions Mid Rhondda
Promoted none
Relegated Caerphilly (resigned)
Matches played 110
Goals scored 416 (3.78 per match)

A total of 11 teams contest the division, including six sides from previous season and five new teams.

Newly elected teams:

  • Aberaman Athletic
  • Abertillery
  • Caerphilly
  • Mardy
  • Porth Athletic
Pos Club P W D L GF1 GA1 GAv2 Pts3 Notes
1 Mid Rhondda 20 17 3 0 79 10 7.90 37
2 Ton Pentre 20 12 7 1 50 14 3.57 31
3 Llanelly 20 10 5 5 47 30 1.57 25
4 Pontypridd 20 10 3 7 33 29 1.14 23
5 Ebbw Vale 20 7 7 6 38 40 0.95 21
6 Barry 20 7 5 8 32 27 1.19 19
7 Mardy 20 7 5 8 29 30 0.97 19
8 Abertillery 20 6 5 9 29 40 0.73 17
9 Porth Athletic 20 4 4 12 30 74 0.41 12
10 Aberaman Athletic 20 4 3 13 28 48 0.58 11
11 Caerphilly 20 1 3 16 20 74 0.27 5 Left 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.

Football League elections[edit]

Cardiff City were the only Southern League club to apply for election to the Football League.[1] They were successful and, along with Leeds United, replaced Grimsby Town and Lincoln City in the Football League Second Division.

Club League Votes
Leeds United Midland League 31
Cardiff City Southern League 23
Grimsby Town Football League 20
Lincoln City Football League 7
Walsall Birmingham & District League 3

After the voting, 21 clubs remained in Southern League alongside Grimsby, having gained more votes than other non-elected clubs, were then elected into the newly created Third Division.

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