1937–38 Southern Football League

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The 1937–38 season was the 40th in the history of the Southern League. Guildford City won the title.[1] Ipswich Town were again the only Southern League club to apply for election to the Football League, and this time were successful.

Final table[edit]

Southern Football League
Season 1937-38
Champions Guildford City (1st title)
Promoted Ipswich Town
Relegated none
Matches played 306
Goals scored 1212 (3.96 per match)

A total of 18 teams contest the division, including 15 sides from previous season and three new teams.

Newly elected teams:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Guildford City 34 22 5 7 94 60 1.57 49
2 Plymouth Argyle II 34 18 9 7 98 58 1.69 45
3 Ipswich Town 34 19 6 9 89 54 1.65 44 Elected to the Football League
4 Yeovil & Petters United 34 14 14 6 72 45 1.6 42
5 Norwich City II 34 15 11 8 77 55 1.4 41
6 Colchester United 34 15 8 11 90 58 1.55 38
7 Bristol Rovers II 34 14 8 12 63 62 1.02 36
8 Swindon Town II 34 14 7 13 70 76 0.92 35
9 Tunbridge Wells Rangers 34 14 6 14 68 74 0.92 34
10 Aldershot II 34 10 12 12 42 55 0.76 32
11 Cheltenham Town 34 13 5 16 72 68 1.06 31
12 Exeter City II 34 13 5 16 71 75 0.95 31
13 Dartford 34 9 11 14 51 70 0.73 29
14 Bath City 34 9 9 16 45 65 0.69 27
15 Folkestone 34 10 6 18 58 82 0.71 26
16 Newport County II 34 10 6 18 56 86 0.65 26
17 Barry 34 8 7 19 50 88 0.56 23
18 Torquay United II 34 8 7 19 46 81 0.56 23

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. Having been unsuccessful the previous season, this time they won more votes than both Football League clubs, the first time a non-League club had topped an admission ballot since 1920.[2]

Club League Votes
Ipswich Town Southern League 36
Walsall Football League Third Division South 34
Gillingham Football League Third Division South 24

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