1930–31 Southern Football League

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

The 1930–31 season was the 33rd in the history of the Southern League. The league consisted of Eastern and Western Divisions.[1] Dartford won the Eastern Division on goal average (had goal difference been used, Aldershot Town would have been champions) and Exeter City reserves won the Western Division. Dartford were declared Southern League champions after winning a championship play-off 7–2.[2]

Two clubs from the Southern League applied to join the Football League, although none were successful.

Eastern Division[edit]

Southern Football League Eastern Division
Season 1930-31
Champions Dartford (1st title)
Promoted none
Relegated Thames II (resigned)
Matches played 72
Goals scored 346 (4.81 per match)

A total of 9 teams contest the division, including 8 sides from previous season and one new team.

Newly elected team:

  • Thames II - replaced its first team (which was elected to the Football League the previous year).
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Dartford 16 9 5 2 39 18 2.17 23
2 Aldershot Town 16 10 3 3 50 28 1.79 23
3 Norwich City II 16 9 1 6 47 38 1.24 19
4 Peterborough & Fletton United 16 6 5 5 35 29 1.21 17
5 Thames II 16 7 2 7 38 31 1.23 16 Left league at end of season
6 Millwall II 16 7 0 9 47 40 1.18 14
7 Folkestone 16 4 3 9 31 46 0.67 11
8 Guildford City 16 5 1 10 28 53 0.53 11
9 Sheppey United 16 4 2 10 31 63 0.49 10

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 1930-31
Champions Exeter City II
Promoted none
Relegated Newport County II (resigned)
Matches played 132
Goals scored 600 (4.55 per match)

A total of 12 teams contest the division, including 11 sides from previous season and one new team.

Team relegated from 1929-30 Football League:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Exeter City II 22 15 2 5 59 28 2.11 32
2 Llanelly 22 10 8 4 72 39 1.85 28
3 Merthyr Town 22 12 3 7 62 49 1.27 27
4 Plymouth Argyle II 22 12 2 8 55 34 1.62 26
5 Bath City 22 10 6 6 47 39 1.21 26
6 Torquay United II 22 9 5 8 66 49 1.35 23
7 Swindon Town II 22 7 7 8 48 52 0.92 21
8 Bristol Rovers II 22 7 6 9 58 64 0.91 20
9 Barry 22 7 5 10 29 39 0.74 19
10 Taunton Town 22 5 7 10 36 62 0.58 17
11 Newport County II 22 6 2 14 36 66 0.55 14 Replaced by first team at end of season
12 Ebbw Vale 22 5 1 16 32 79 0.41 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.

Football League election[edit]

Two Southern League clubs, Aldershot and Merthyr Town, applied to join the Football League, with Merthyr applying to join both Division Three North and Division Three South.[3]

Third Division North[edit]

Club League First round votes Second round votes
Rochdale Football League 40
Chester Cheshire League 27 28
Nelson Football League 27 20
Manchester Central Lancashire Combination 4
Merthyr Town Southern League 0

Third Division South[edit]

Club League Votes
Norwich City Football League 38
Mansfield Town Midland League 25
Newport County Football League 19
Aldershot Town Southern League 14
Merthyr Town Southern League 2

References[edit]