1935–36 Southern Football League

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The 1935–36 season was the 38th in the history of the Southern League. The league consisted of Eastern and Western Divisions.[1] Margate won the Eastern Division whilst Plymouth Argyle reserves won the Western Division. Margate were declared Southern League champions after winning a championship play-off 3–1.[2]

Three Southern League clubs applied to join the Football League, but none were successful. After four clubs left at the end of the season, the league was restructured into a single division for the 1936–37 season.

Eastern Division[edit]

Southern Football League Eastern Division
Season 1935-36
Champions Margate (1st title)
Promoted none
Relegated Clapton Orient II (resigned)
Millwall II (resigned)
Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic II (resigned)
Matches played 90
Goals scored 369 (4.1 per match)

There were no new clubs in the Eastern Division this season.

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Margate 18 13 2 3 49 16 3.06 28
2 Folkestone 18 11 3 4 46 23 2 25
3 Dartford 18 9 3 6 47 25 1.88 21
4 Tunbridge Wells Rangers 18 9 1 8 26 41 0.63 19
5 Clapton Orient II 18 7 4 7 39 31 1.26 18 Left league at end of season
6 Millwall II 18 7 3 8 42 39 1.08 17
7 Norwich City II 18 8 0 10 39 38 1.03 16
8 Guildford City 18 6 3 9 32 52 0.62 15
9 Aldershot II 18 6 1 11 24 45 0.53 13
10 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic II 18 3 2 13 25 59 0.42 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.

Western Division[edit]

Southern Football League Western Division
Season 1935-36
Champions Plymouth Argyle II
Promoted none
Relegated Bristol Rovers II (resigned)
Matches played 72
Goals scored 274 (3.81 per match)

There were no new clubs in the Western Division this season.

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Plymouth Argyle II 16 12 3 1 51 18 2.83 27
2 Bristol Rovers II 16 8 3 5 35 30 1.17 19 Left league at end of season
3 Newport County II 16 8 3 5 29 30 0.97 19
4 Torquay United II 16 7 1 8 25 28 0.89 15
5 Bath City 16 5 5 6 18 26 0.69 15
6 Cheltenham Town 16 6 2 8 32 28 1.14 14
7 Yeovil & Petters United 16 5 3 8 31 35 0.89 13
8 Barry 16 5 2 9 29 41 0.71 12
9 Exeter City II 16 4 2 10 24 38 0.63 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.

Football League election[edit]

Bath City, Dartford and Folkestone applied for election to Division Three South of the Football League. However, both League clubs were re-elected.[3]

Club League Votes
Exeter City Football League 48
Newport County Football League 40
Bath City Southern League 9
Dartford Southern League 1
Folkestone Southern League 0

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