1931–32 Southern Football League

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The 1931–32 season was the 34th in the history of the Southern League. The league consisted of Eastern and Western Divisions.[1] Dartford won the Eastern Division for the second successive season, whilst newly elected Yeovil & Petters United won the Western Division. Dartford were declared Southern League champions after winning a championship play-off 2–1.[2]

Five clubs from the Southern League applied to join the Football League, with Aldershot Town and Newport County being successful.

Eastern Division[edit]

Southern Football League Eastern Division
Season 1931-32
Champions Dartford (2nd title)
Promoted Aldershot Town
Relegated Peterborough & Fletton United (resigned)
Sheppey United (resigned)
Matches played 90
Goals scored 358 (3.98 per match)

A total of 10 teams contest the division, including 8 sides from previous season and two new teams.

Newly elected teams:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Dartford 18 12 3 3 53 18 2.94 27
2 Folkestone 18 12 2 4 58 27 2.15 26
3 Guildford City 18 11 1 6 33 24 1.38 23
4 Norwich City II 18 9 2 7 46 33 1.39 20
5 Millwall London II 18 9 2 7 41 39 1.05 20
6 Tunbridge Wells Rangers 18 7 5 6 23 25 0.92 19
7 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic II 18 6 4 8 43 61 0.7 16
8 Peterborough & Fletton United 18 4 5 9 28 29 0.97 13 Left league at end of season
9 Aldershot Town 18 3 5 10 17 30 0.57 11 Elected to the 1932-33 Football League
10 Sheppey United 18 2 1 15 16 72 0.22 5 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 1931-32
Champions Yeovil & Petters United
Promoted Newport County
Relegated Swindon Town II (resigned)
Ebbw Vale (resigned)
Matches played 156
Goals scored 752 (4.82 per match)

A total of 13 teams contest the division, including 11 sides from previous season and two new teams.

Team relegated from 1930-31 Football League:

Newly elected team:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Yeovil & Petters United 24 16 4 4 65 31 2.1 36
2 Plymouth Argyle II 24 15 5 4 81 31 2.61 35
3 Bath City 24 12 7 5 50 33 1.52 31
4 Llanelly 24 12 4 8 65 46 1.41 28
5 Taunton Town 24 13 2 9 53 58 0.91 28
6 Newport County 24 10 6 8 70 51 1.37 26 Elected to the 1932-33 Football League
7 Exeter City II 24 9 7 8 59 43 1.37 25
8 Merthyr Town 24 9 4 11 66 73 0.9 22
9 Bristol Rovers II 24 8 4 12 54 47 1.15 20
10 Swindon Town II 24 8 4 12 54 95 0.57 20 Left league at end of season
11 Barry 24 7 3 14 58 76 0.76 17
12 Torquay United II 24 5 6 13 43 66 0.65 16
13 Ebbw Vale 24 3 2 19 34 102 0.33 8 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]

As Wigan Borough (resigned) and Thames (disbanded) had left the Football League, there were two places available, one in the Third Division North and one in the Third Division South. However, Mansfield Town were transferred from the South to the North division, meaning both vacant positions were in the South division. Five Southern League clubs applied, with Aldershot Town and Newport County (a year after being voted out) being successful in the vote.[3]

Club League Votes
Gillingham Football League 41
Newport County Southern League 36
Aldershot Town Southern League 35
Llanelly Southern League 25
Guildford City Southern League 8
Merthyr Town Southern League 2

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