1938–39 Southern Football League

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The 1938–39 season was the 41st in the history of the Southern League. Colchester United won the title.[1] Three clubs applied to join the Football League, although none were successful. The following season saw the club split into Eastern and Western sections as part an emergency war-time competition, after which the league was discontinued until the end of World War II.

Final table[edit]

Southern Football League
Season 1938-39
Champions Colchester United (1st title)
Promoted none
Matches played 506
Goals scored 1855 (3.67 per match)

A total of 23 teams contest the division, including 17 sides from previous season, one team relegated from The Football League and five new teams.

Team relegated from 1937-38 Football League:

Newly elected teams:

Pos Club P W D L GF1 GA1 GAv2 Pts3 Notes
1 Colchester United 44 31 5 8 110 37 2.97 67 Left league at end of season
2 Guildford City 44 30 6 8 126 52 2.42 66
3 Gillingham 44 29 6 9 104 57 1.82 64 Left league at end of season
4 Plymouth Argyle II 44 26 5 13 128 63 2.03 57
5 Yeovil & Petters United 44 22 10 12 85 70 1.21 54
6 Arsenal II 44 21 9 14 92 57 1.61 51 Left league at end of season
7 Cardiff City II 44 24 3 17 105 72 1.46 51
8 Tunbridge Wells Rangers 44 22 6 16 93 76 1.22 50
9 Norwich City II 44 23 4 17 86 76 1.13 50
10 Chelmsford City 44 18 8 18 74 73 1.01 44
11 Bath City 44 16 12 16 58 74 0.78 44
12 Barry 44 18 7 19 76 90 0.84 43
13 Cheltenham Town 44 16 9 19 76 105 0.72 41
14 Ipswich Town II 44 14 12 18 64 76 0.84 40 Left league at end of season
15 Worcester City 44 13 14 17 72 90 0.8 40
16 Folkestone 44 16 6 22 74 85 0.87 38 Left league at end of season
17 Newport County II 44 13 10 21 74 108 0.68 36
18 Exeter City II 44 12 9 23 51 107 0.47 33
19 Torquay United II 44 12 8 24 53 89 0.59 32
20 Swindon Town II 44 11 9 24 66 101 0.65 31
21 Aldershot II 44 12 6 26 69 92 0.75 30
22 Bristol Rovers II 44 9 11 24 66 85 0.77 29
23 Dartford 44 8 5 31 53 119 0.44 21

1 Number of goals for and/or against is inaccurate.

2 The system of using goal average to separate two teams tied on points was used up until the 1976-77 season.

3 The points system: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for losing.

Football League election[edit]

Three Southern League clubs, Chelmsford City, Colchester United and Gillingham, applied to join the Football League. However, both League clubs were re-elected.[2]

Club League Votes
Bristol Rovers Football League Third Division South 45
Walsall Football League Third Division South 36
Gillingham Southern League 15
Chelmsford City Southern League 1
Colchester United Southern League 1

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