1921–22 Southern Football League

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The 1921–22 season was the 24th in the history of the Southern League. As in the previous season, the league was split into two sections, one for English clubs and one for Welsh clubs.[1] Plymouth Argyle reserves won the English section, whilst Ebbw Vale won the Welsh section. Plymouth Argyle reserves were declared champions after defeating Ebbw Vale 3-0 in a championship play-off.[2] Pontypridd and Bath City were the only two Southern League clubs to apply for election to the Football League, though neither was successful.[3]

At the end of the season Gillingham reserves and Charlton Athletic reserves both left the league.

English section[edit]

Southern Football League English Section
Season 1921-22
Champions Plymouth Argyle II (1st title)
Promoted none
Relegated Gillingham II (resigned)
Charlton Athletic II (resigned)
Matches played 342
Goals scored 1083 (3.17 per match)

A total of 19 teams contest the division, including ten sides from previous season and nine new teams, seven of which were reserve teams.

Newly elected teams:

  • Bath City
  • Guildford United
  • Bristol City II
  • Bristol Rovers II
  • Charlton Athletic II
  • Exeter City II
  • Plymouth Argyle II
  • Southend United II
  • Swindon Town II
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAvv1 Ptsv2 Notes
1 Plymouth Argyle II 36 22 5 9 91 38 2.39 49
2 Portsmouth II 36 17 10 9 63 41 1.53 44
3 Bristol City II 36 18 8 10 73 50 1.46 44
4 Southampton II 36 19 5 12 70 47 1.48 43
5 Gillingham II 36 17 9 10 65 47 1.38 43 Left league at end of season
6 Charlton Athletic II 36 18 6 12 69 54 1.27 42
7 Boscombe 36 17 5 14 38 55 0.69 39
8 Luton Town II 36 17 4 15 50 54 0.92 38
9 Watford II 36 15 7 14 65 53 1.22 37
10 Brighton & Hove Albion II 36 12 13 11 60 52 1.15 37
11 Bath City 36 16 5 15 55 53 1.03 37
12 Swindon Town II 36 14 7 15 59 46 1.28 35
13 Bristol Rovers II 36 13 7 16 50 82 0.60 33
14 Millwall II 36 13 4 19 49 53 0.92 30
15 Reading II 36 11 7 18 46 59 0.77 29
16 Exeter City II 36 10 9 17 42 63 0.66 29
17 Guildford United 36 11 6 19 44 56 0.78 28
18 Norwich City II 36 10 6 20 47 86 0.54 26
19 Southend United II 36 9 3 24 47 94 0.5 21

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.

Welsh section[edit]

Southern Football League Welsh Section
Season 1921-22
Champions Ebbw Vale
Promoted none
Relegated none
Matches played 72
Goals scored 225 (3.13 per match)

A total of 9 teams contest the division, including nine sides from previous season and one new team.

Newly elected teams:

  • Swansea City II
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Ebbw Vale 16 11 3 2 33 11 3 25
2 Ton Pentre 16 9 4 3 35 14 2.5 22
3 Aberaman Athletic 16 7 5 4 25 19 1.31 19
4 Porth Athletic 16 6 6 4 31 20 1.55 18
5 Pontypridd 16 7 4 5 28 19 1.47 18
6 Swansea Town II 16 7 4 5 24 17 1.41 18
7 Barry 16 3 3 10 14 35 0.4 9
8 Abertillery 16 3 2 11 21 45 0.46 8
9 Mardy 16 2 3 11 14 43 0.32 7

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.

Football League election[edit]

In addition to the two clubs finishing bottom of Football League Third Division South, three non-League clubs joined the election process, of which two were from the Southern League. However, both League clubs were re-elected.

Club League Votes
Southend United Football League Third Division South 36
Exeter City Football League Third Division South 32
Pontypridd Southern League 21
Bath City Southern League 1
Llanelly Welsh National League (South) 0

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