1929–30 Southern Football League

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The 1929–30 season was the 32nd in the history of the Southern League. The league consisted of Eastern and Western Divisions.[1] Aldershot Town won the Eastern Division and Bath City won the Western Division. Aldershot were declared Southern League champions after winning a championship play-off 4–2.[2]

Three clubs from the Southern League applied to join the Football League, with Thames Association being successful. They replaced Merthyr Town, who rejoined the Southern League the following season. In addition to Thames, a total of 12 clubs left the Southern League at the end of this season.

Eastern Division[edit]

Southern Football League Eastern Division
Season 1929-30
Champions Aldershot Town (1st title)
Promoted Thames Association
Relegated Northampton Town II (resigned)
Southampton II (resigned)
Kettering Town (resigned)
Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic II (resigned)
Brighton & Hove Albion II (resigned)
Sittingbourne (resigned)
Northfleet United (resigned)
Grays Thurrock United (resigned)
Poole (resigned)
Matches played 272
Goals scored 1134 (4.17 per match)

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

Newly elected team:

  • Northampton Town II - returned to the league after the resignation in 1925
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Aldershot Town 32 21 6 5 84 39 2.15 48
2 Millwall II 32 21 3 8 75 56 1.34 45
3 Thames Association 32 17 6 9 80 60 1.33 40 Elected to the 1930-31 Football League
4 Peterborough & Fletton United 32 18 3 11 66 39 1.69 39
5 Northampton Town II 32 17 4 11 86 60 1.43 38 Left league at end of season
6 Southampton II 32 14 7 11 73 62 1.18 35
7 Sheppey United 32 15 5 12 76 69 1.1 35
8 Kettering Town 32 13 7 12 70 69 1.01 33 Left league at end of season
9 Dartford 32 14 5 13 57 59 0.97 33
10 Norwich City II 32 14 3 15 69 63 1.1 31
11 Guildford City 32 13 2 17 65 97 0.67 28
12 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic II 32 10 7 15 59 63 0.94 27 Left league at end of season
13 Brighton & Hove Albion II 32 12 2 18 56 79 0.71 26
14 Folkestone 32 13 0 19 56 82 0.68 26
15 Sittingbourne 32 10 5 17 55 59 0.93 25 Left league at end of season
16 Northfleet United 32 6 7 19 53 77 0.69 19
17 Grays Thurrock United 32 7 2 23 54 101 0.53 16
18 Poole 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Resigned after 30 matches, record expunged

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 1929-30
Champions Bath City
Promoted none
Relegated Yeovil & Petters United (resigned)
Lovells Athletic (resigned)
Bristol City II (resigned)
Matches played 210
Goals scored 932 (4.44 per match)

A total of 15 teams contest the division, including 14 sides from previous season and one new team.

Newly elected team:

  • Llanelly - returned to the league after the resignation in 1925
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Bath City 28 16 6 6 85 52 1.63 38
2 Bristol Rovers II 28 16 4 8 66 50 1.32 36
3 Taunton Town 28 14 7 7 50 40 1.25 35
4 Barry 28 15 3 10 65 55 1.18 33
5 Yeovil & Petters United 28 12 7 9 63 47 1.34 31 Left league at end of season
6 Plymouth Argyle II 28 14 3 11 68 52 1.31 31
7 Newport County II 28 13 4 11 68 76 0.89 30
8 Lovells Athletic 28 13 2 13 59 57 1.04 28 Left league at end of season
9 Exeter City II 28 11 6 11 49 54 0.91 28
10 Bristol City II 28 11 5 12 59 63 0.94 27 Left league at end of season
11 Swindon Town II 28 10 6 12 69 67 1.03 26
12 Torquay United II 28 10 6 12 76 77 0.99 26
13 Llanelly 28 10 4 14 55 52 1.06 24
14 Ebbw Vale 28 5 6 17 52 97 0.54 16
15 Merthyr Town II 28 5 1 22 48 93 0.52 11 Replaced by first team 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]

Three Southern League clubs, Aldershot Town, Thames Association and Llanelly, applied to join the Football League. Thames were successful, finishing second in the ballot. Aldershot also finished above Third Division South club Merthyr Town, who replaced their reserves in the Western Division the following season.[3]

Club League Votes
Gillingham Football League 33
Thames Association Southern League 20
Aldershot Town Southern League 19
Merthyr Town Football League 14
Llanelly Southern League 4
Argonauts None 0

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