1925–26 Southern Football League

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The 1925–26 season was the 28th in the history of the Southern League. The league consisted of Eastern and Western Divisions.[1] Millwall II won the Eastern Division and Plymouth Argyle II won the Western Division. Plymouth were declared Southern League champions after defeating Millwall 1–0 in a championship play-off.[2]

No clubs from the Southern League applied to join the Football League,[3] whilst four clubs left the league at the end of the season.

Eastern Division[edit]

Southern Football League Eastern Division
Season 1925-26
Champions Millwall II
Promoted none
Relegated Fulham II (resigned)
Coventry City II (resigned)
Nuneaton Town (resigned)
Matches played 306
Goals scored 1384 (4.52 per match)

A total of 18 teams contest the division, including 16 sides from previous season and two new teams.

Newly elected teams:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Millwall II 34 24 6 4 106 37 2.86 54
2 Leicester City II 34 23 2 9 105 60 1.75 48
3 Brighton & Hove Albion II 34 21 4 9 105 69 1.52 46
4 Kettering Town 34 19 5 10 98 68 1.44 43
5 Peterborough & Fletton United 34 19 3 12 76 62 1.22 41
6 Portsmouth II 34 17 5 12 76 67 1.13 39
7 Norwich City II 34 17 4 13 85 90 0.94 38
8 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic II 34 15 7 12 76 67 1.13 37
9 Southampton II 34 14 7 13 65 72 0.90 35
10 Fulham II 34 13 6 15 86 77 1.11 32 Left league at end of season
11 Grays Thurrock United 34 13 5 16 63 77 0.81 31
12 Guildford United 34 11 8 15 71 87 0.81 30
13 Watford II 34 12 2 20 62 94 0.65 26
14 Luton Town II 34 11 3 20 70 78 0.89 25
15 Folkestone 34 9 6 19 67 93 0.72 24
16 Reading II 34 10 3 21 58 84 0.69 23
17 Coventry City II 34 9 5 20 54 93 0.58 23 Left league at end of season
18 Nuneaton Town 34 7 3 24 61 109 0.55 17 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.

Western Division[edit]

Southern Football League Western Division
Season 1925-26
Champions Plymouth Argyle II (2nd title)
Promoted none
Relegated Pontypridd (resigned)
Matches played 182
Goals scored 709 (3.9 per match)

The Western Division featured the same clubs as the previous season, minus the six clubs that had left.

Pos Club P W D L GF1 GA1 GAv2 Pts3 Notes
1 Plymouth Argyle II 26 20 1 5 67 31 2.16 41
2 Bristol City II 26 16 4 6 48 28 1.71 36
3 Bristol Rovers II 26 13 4 9 51 35 1.45 30
4 Swindon Town II 26 13 4 9 57 40 1.42 30
5 Ebbw Vale 26 13 3 10 60 46 1.30 29
6 Torquay United 26 12 5 9 59 46 1.28 29
7 Yeovil & Petters United 26 9 8 9 43 48 0.89 26
8 Mid Rhondda United 26 12 1 13 47 49 0.95 25
9 Weymouth 26 10 3 13 64 60 1.06 23
10 Exeter City II 26 8 5 13 40 49 0.81 21
11 Barry 26 8 4 14 47 55 0.85 20
12 Taunton United 26 9 2 15 44 60 0.73 20
13 Pontypridd 26 7 5 14 44 77 0.57 19 Left league at end of season
14 Bath City 26 7 1 18 38 86 0.44 15

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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