1927–28 Southern Football League

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The 1927–28 season was the 30th in the history of the Southern League. The league consisted of Eastern and Western Divisions.[1] Kettering Town won the Eastern Division and Bristol City reserves won the Western Division. Kettering were declared Southern League champions after defeating Bristol City reserves 5–0 in a championship play-off.[2]

Two clubs from the Southern League applied to join the Football League, although neither was successful. Three clubs (all from the Western Division) left the league at the end of the season.

Eastern Division[edit]

Southern Football League Eastern Division
Season 1927-28
Champions Kettering Town (1st title)
Promoted none
Relegated none
Matches played 306
Goals scored 1237 (4.04 per match)

A total of 18 teams contest the division, including 12 sides from previous season and six new teams.

Newly elected teams:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2
1 Kettering Town 34 23 6 5 90 39 2.30 52
2 Peterborough & Fletton United 34 21 3 10 73 43 1.69 45
3 Northfleet United 34 17 7 10 83 54 1.53 41
4 Brighton & Hove Albion II 34 20 0 14 90 63 1.42 40
5 Norwich City II 34 17 6 11 69 69 1 40
6 Southampton II 34 16 7 11 92 70 1.31 39
7 Aldershot Town 34 17 5 12 85 66 1.28 39
8 Sittingbourne 34 16 5 13 64 70 0.91 37
9 Millwall II 34 15 6 13 66 59 1.11 36
10 Poole 34 15 5 14 69 84 0.82 35
11 Folkestone 34 12 6 16 71 91 0.78 30
12 Guildford City 34 12 5 17 65 89 0.73 29
13 Dartford 34 12 4 18 46 49 0.93 28
14 Gillingham II 34 10 7 17 72 84 0.85 27
15 Sheppey United 34 11 3 20 57 87 0.65 25
16 Chatham Town 34 10 4 20 49 70 0.7 24
17 Grays Thurrock United 34 10 3 21 48 88 0.54 23
18 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic II 34 9 4 21 48 62 0.77 22

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 1927-28
Champions Bristol City II
Promoted none
Relegated Aberdare & Aberaman Athletic (resigned)
Weymouth (resigned)
Mid Rhondda United (resigned)
Matches played 240
Goals scored 1095 (4.56 per match)

A total of 16 teams contest the division, including 13 sides from previous season and three new teams.

Team relegated from 1926-27 Football League

Newly elected teams:

  • Merthyr Town II
  • Torquay United II - replacing their first team, who had been promoted to the Football League the previous season
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Bristol City II 30 20 3 7 95 51 1.86 43
2 Exeter City II 30 18 4 8 104 56 1.86 40
3 Bristol Rovers II 30 16 3 11 80 64 1.25 35
4 Plymouth Argyle II 30 16 2 12 88 53 1.66 34
5 Newport County II 30 13 8 9 99 70 1.41 34
6 Ebbw Vale 30 15 3 12 67 74 0.91 33
7 Swindon Town II 30 13 4 13 80 74 1.08 30
8 Aberdare & Aberaman Athletic 30 12 6 12 62 68 0.91 30 Left league at end of season
9 Yeovil & Petters United 30 11 7 12 64 57 1.12 29
10 Torquay United II 30 11 6 13 51 67 0.76 28
11 Bath City 30 12 3 15 64 68 0.94 27
12 Taunton Town 30 11 5 14 60 65 0.92 27
13 Weymouth 30 10 6 14 50 83 0.60 26 Left league at end of season
14 Merthyr Town II 30 9 4 17 50 77 0.65 22
15 Barry 30 8 6 16 45 87 0.52 22
16 Mid Rhondda United 30 7 6 17 36 81 0.44 20 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]

Two Southern League clubs, Kettering Town and Peterborough & Fletton United, applied to join the Football League. However, both League clubs were re-elected, with Argonauts, a new amateur club who had never played a match winning more votes than either Southern League club.[3]

Club League Votes
Merthyr Town Football League Third Division South 47
Torquay United Football League Third Division South 42
Argonauts None 16
Kettering Town Southern League 3
Peterborough & Fletton United Southern League 2

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