1936–37 Southern Football League

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The 1936–37 season was the 39th in the history of the Southern League. The league reverted to a single division after four of the league's nineteen clubs left at the end of the previous season.[1] Newly elected Ipswich Town won the title at the first attempt, whilst Margate left the league at the end of the season. Ipswich applied for election to the Football League, but were unsuccessful.

Final table[edit]

Southern Football League
Season 1936-37
Champions Ipswich Town (1st title)
Promoted none
Relegated Margate (resigned)
Matches played 240
Goals scored 974 (4.06 per match)

The league comprised the seven remaining clubs from the Eastern Division, the eight clubs remaining in the Western Division and one new club.

Newly elected team:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Ipswich Town 30 19 8 3 68 35 1.94 46
2 Norwich City II 30 18 5 7 70 35 2 41
3 Folkestone 30 17 4 9 71 61 1.16 38
4 Bath City 30 15 5 10 66 52 1.27 35
5 Margate 30 15 4 11 61 49 1.24 34 Left league at end of season
6 Guildford City 30 15 4 11 54 60 0.9 34
7 Yeovil & Petters United 30 15 3 12 77 69 1.12 33
8 Newport County II 30 11 8 11 72 68 1.06 30
9 Plymouth Argyle II 30 11 8 11 64 58 1.1 30
10 Barry 30 12 4 14 58 72 0.81 28
11 Cheltenham Town 30 10 4 16 61 70 0.87 24
12 Exeter City II 30 8 7 15 57 78 0.73 23
13 Dartford 30 9 5 16 41 55 0.75 23
14 Torquay United II 30 8 5 17 45 76 0.59 21
15 Tunbridge Wells Rangers 30 7 6 17 62 64 0.97 20
16 Aldershot II 30 7 6 17 47 72 0.65 20

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]

Ipswich Town were the only non-League club to apply for election to the Football League Third Division South, but won fewer votes than League clubs Exeter City and Aldershot.[2]

Club League Votes
Exeter City Football League Third Division South 40
Aldershot Football League Third Division South 34
Ipswich Town Southern League 24

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