1928–29 Southern Football League

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The 1928–29 season was the 31st in the history of the Southern League. The league consisted of Eastern and Western Divisions.[1] Kettering Town won the Eastern Division and Plymouth Argyle reserves won the Western Division. Plymouth reserves were declared Southern League champions after winning a championship play-off at Kettering 4-2.[2]

Three clubs from the Southern League applied to join the Football League, although none were successful. Two clubs (both from the Eastern Division) left the league at the end of the season.

Eastern Division[edit]

Southern Football League Eastern Division
Season 1928-29
Champions Kettering Town
Promoted none
Relegated Gillingham II (resigned)
Chatham Town (resigned)
Matches played 342
Goals scored 1365 (3.99 per match)

A total of 19 teams contest the division, including 18 sides from previous season and one new team.

Newly elected team:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Kettering Town 36 24 4 8 96 46 2.09 52
2 Peterborough & Fletton United 36 21 5 10 86 44 1.95 47
3 Brighton & Hove Albion II 36 19 9 8 91 56 1.63 47
4 Millwall II 36 21 4 11 90 67 1.34 46
5 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic II 36 20 5 11 82 58 1.41 45
6 Aldershot Town 36 18 5 13 68 52 1.31 41
7 Sheppey United 36 17 7 12 58 58 1 41
8 Folkestone 36 17 6 13 83 80 1.04 40
9 Northfleet United 36 17 4 15 87 65 1.34 38
10 Gillingham II 36 15 8 13 68 70 0.97 38 Left league at end of season
11 Guildford City 36 13 11 12 85 78 1.09 37
12 Southampton II 36 14 6 16 86 79 1.09 34
13 Poole 36 13 8 15 62 66 0.94 34
14 Thames Association 36 13 5 18 67 74 0.91 31
15 Dartford 36 10 6 20 55 106 0.52 26
16 Chatham Town 36 8 8 20 47 81 0.58 24 Left league at end of season
17 Sittingbourne 36 11 1 24 59 98 0.60 23
18 Norwich City II 36 8 6 22 48 96 0.5 22
19 Grays Thurrock United 36 6 6 24 47 91 0.51 18

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 1928-29
Champions Plymouth Argyle II (3rd title)
Promoted none
Relegated none
Matches played 182
Goals scored 799 (4.39 per match)

A total of 14 teams contest the division, including 13 sides from previous season and one new team.

Newly elected team:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2
1 Plymouth Argyle II 26 15 6 5 69 27 2.56 36
2 Newport County II 26 15 2 9 64 58 1.1 32
3 Bristol Rovers II 26 14 3 9 54 45 1.2 31
4 Bristol City II 26 14 2 10 70 46 1.52 30
5 Torquay United II 26 13 4 9 52 42 1.24 30
6 Bath City 26 13 4 9 61 59 1.03 30
7 Exeter City II 26 11 6 9 69 53 1.3 28
8 Lovells Athletic 26 11 6 9 54 48 1.13 28
9 Swindon Town II 26 11 5 10 68 74 0.92 27
10 Yeovil & Petters United 26 11 2 13 49 57 0.86 24
11 Taunton Town 26 9 5 12 58 66 0.88 23
12 Ebbw Vale 26 9 5 12 56 66 0.85 23
13 Barry 26 6 3 17 38 66 0.58 15
14 Merthyr Town II 26 3 1 22 37 92 0.4 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]

Three Southern League clubs, Aldershot Town, Thames Association and Kettering Town, applied to join the Football League. However, both League clubs were re-elected.[3]

Club League Votes
Exeter City Football League 42
Gillingham Football League 35
Argonauts None 6
Aldershot Town Southern League 5
Thames Association Southern League 1
Kettering Town Southern League 1
Llanelly Welsh National League (South) 0

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