1924–25 Southern Football League

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The 1924–25 season was the 27th in the history of the Southern League. As in the prevoius season, the league was split into Eastern and Western Divisions.[1] Southampton II won the Eastern Division and Swansea Town II won the Western Division. Southampton were declared Southern League champions after defeating Swansea 2–1 in a championship play-off.[2]

Mid Rhondda United, who finished fifth in the Western Division, were the only club to apply to join the Football League, but were unsuccessful in the vote.[3] Seven clubs left the league at the end of the season.

Eastern Division[edit]

Southern Football League Eastern Division
Season 1924-25
Champions Southampton II (1 title)
Promoted none
Relegated Northampton Town II (resigned)
Matches played 272
Goals scored 915 (3.36 per match)

A total of 16 teams contest the division, including 15 sides from previous season and one new team.

Newly elected teams:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Southampton II 32 17 10 5 65 30 2.16 44
2 Kettering Town 32 17 6 9 67 39 1.71 40
3 Brighton & Hove Albion II 32 15 10 7 68 42 1.61 40
4 Millwall II 32 15 10 7 65 48 1.35 40
5 Peterborough & Fletton United 32 15 9 8 56 29 1.93 39
6 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic II 32 15 9 8 66 48 1.37 39
7 Leicester City II 32 15 7 10 61 45 1.35 37
8 Portsmouth II 32 15 7 10 51 40 1.27 37
9 Folkestone 32 13 11 8 55 46 1.19 37
10 Norwich City II 32 13 8 11 65 58 1.12 34
11 Coventry City II 32 12 9 11 51 41 1.24 33
12 Luton Town II 32 15 2 15 48 63 0.76 32
13 Northampton Town II 32 10 5 17 38 59 0.64 25 Left league at end of season
14 Watford II 32 7 7 18 44 71 0.61 21
15 Nuneaton Town 32 8 2 22 37 62 0.59 18
16 Reading II 32 8 1 23 38 87 0.43 17
17 Guildford United 32 4 3 25 40 107 0.37 11

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.

Western Division[edit]

Southern Football League Western Division
Season 1924-25
Champions Swansea Town II
Promoted none
Relegated Swansea Town II (resigned)
Bridgend Town (resigned)
Cardiff City II (resigned)
Newport County II (resigned)
Llanelly (resigned)
Aberaman Athletic (resigned)
Matches played 380
Goals scored 1169 (3.08 per match)

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

Newly elected teams:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Swansea Town II 38 25 4 9 73 26 2.80 54 Left league at end of season
2 Plymouth Argyle II 38 22 10 6 97 35 2.77 54
3 Pontypridd 38 24 4 10 81 39 2.07 52
4 Bridgend Town 38 20 11 7 74 52 1.42 51 Left league at end of season
5 Mid Rhondda United 38 21 6 11 79 48 1.64 48
6 Weymouth 38 21 4 13 77 50 1.54 46
7 Cardiff City II 38 18 6 14 56 44 1.27 42 Left league at end of season
8 Newport County II 38 17 8 13 71 60 1.18 42 Left league at end of season
9 Swindon Town II 38 17 8 13 48 46 1.04 42
10 Bristol City II 38 18 5 15 51 43 1.18 41
11 Yeovil & Petters United 38 15 10 13 49 50 0.98 40
12 Exeter City II 38 16 6 16 78 55 1.41 38
13 Taunton United 38 15 6 17 55 51 1.07 36
14 Bristol Rovers II 38 13 6 19 45 50 0.9 32
15 Torquay United 38 9 11 18 41 73 0.56 29
16 Llanelly 38 6 12 20 49 94 0.52 24 Left league at end of season
17 Ebbw Vale 38 9 6 23 40 91 0.43 24
18 Bath City 38 8 8 22 28 85 0.32 24
19 Barry 38 8 6 24 38 82 0.46 22
20 Aberaman Athletic 38 6 7 25 39 95 0.41 19 Left 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.

Football League election[edit]

Mid-Rhondda United were the only non-League club to enter the elections for a place in the Football League Third Division South. However, they received no votes and both League clubs were re-elected.

Club League Votes
Brentford Football League Third Division South 44
Merthyr Town Football League Third Division South 44
Mid-Rhondda United Southern League 0

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