1922–23 Southern Football League

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The 1922–23 season was the 25th in the history of the Southern League. The league was split into two sections for a third season in a row, one for English clubs and one for Welsh clubs.[1] Bristol City reserves won the English section, whilst Ebbw Vale won the Welsh section. Ebbw Vale were declared Southern League champions after beating Bristol City reserves 2–1 in a championship play-off.[2] Boscombe, Pontypridd and Torquay United were the only Southern League clubs to apply for election to the Football League, with Boscombe being successful.[3] The club was renamed Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic the following year.

Following to the mid-season resignation of four clubs in the Welsh section due to financial problems and Porth Athletic leaving the league at the end of the season, the following season saw the English section renamed the Eastern Division and the Welsh section renamed the Western Division, with eight clubs transferring from the English section to the Western section.

English section[edit]

Southern Football League English Section
Season 1922-23
Champions Bristol City II
Promoted Boscombe
Relegated Southend United II (resigned)
Matches played 380
Goals scored 1228 (3.23 per match)

A total of 20 teams contest the division, including 17 sides from previous season and three new teams.

Newly elected teams:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Bristol City II 38 24 5 9 84 39 2.15 53 Transferred to 1923-24 Western Division at end of season
2 Boscombe 38 22 7 9 67 34 1.97 51 Elected to the 1923-24 Football League
3 Portsmouth II 38 23 3 12 93 51 1.82 49
4 Bristol Rovers II 38 20 8 10 59 41 1.43 48 Transferred to 1923-24 Western Division at end of season
5 Plymouth Argyle II 38 20 7 11 74 41 1.80 47 Transferred to 1923-24 Western Division at end of season
6 Torquay United 38 18 8 12 63 38 1.65 44 Transferred to 1923-24 Western Division at end of season
7 Brighton & Hove Albion II 38 20 3 15 95 60 1.58 43
8 Luton Town II 38 16 11 11 67 56 1.19 43
9 Southend United II 38 18 6 14 69 68 1.01 42 Left league at end of season
10 Southampton II 38 18 5 15 65 54 1.20 41
11 Millwall II 38 15 10 13 61 55 1.10 40
12 Coventry City II 38 15 8 15 56 61 0.91 38
13 Guildford United 38 15 7 16 65 59 1.10 37
14 Swindon Town II 38 13 6 19 54 73 0.73 32 Transferred to 1923-24 Western Division at end of season
15 Bath City 38 10 8 20 44 71 0.61 28 Transferred to 1923-24 Western Division at end of season
16 Watford II 38 11 6 21 34 79 0.43 28
17 Yeovil & Petters 38 10 6 22 56 104 0.53 26 Transferred to 1923-24 Western Division at end of season
18 Norwich City II 38 9 7 22 42 68 0.61 25
19 Exeter City II 38 10 5 23 43 81 0.53 25 Transferred to 1923-24 Western Division at end of season
20 Reading II 38 7 6 25 37 95 0.39 20

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 1922-23
Champions Ebbw Vale (1st title)
Promoted none
Relegated Porth Athletic (resigned)
Ton Pentre (resigned)
Mardy (resigned)
Caerphilly (resigned)
Abertillery (resigned)
Matches played 42
Goals scored 133 (3.17 per match)

A total of 11 teams contest the division, including 10 sides from previous season and one new team.

Newly elected team:

  • Swansea Town II
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Ebbw Vale 12 6 5 1 22 15 1.46 17
2 Aberaman Athletic 12 7 2 3 30 19 1.57 16
3 Swansea Town II 12 6 2 4 25 14 1.78 14
4 Pontypridd 12 6 2 4 18 18 1.00 14
5 Barry 12 4 3 5 15 11 1.36 11
6 Bridgend Town 12 4 2 6 15 21 0.71 10
7 Porth Athletic 12 0 2 10 8 35 0.22 2 Left league at end of season
8 Abertillery 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Resigned from league in January, records expunged
9 Caerphilly 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Mardy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Ton Pentre 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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, four non-League clubs joined the election process, of which three were from the Southern League. Boscombe from the English section were successful and joined the League the following season.

Club League Votes
Aberdare Athletic Football League Third Division South 45
Newport County Football League Third Division South 45
Boscombe Southern League 28
Llanelly Welsh National League (South) 9
Pontypridd Southern League 8
Torquay United Southern League 0

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