1939–40 Southern Football League

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The 1939–40 season was the 42nd in the history of the Southern League. The league was split into two sections, Eastern and Western as part of an emergency war-time competition.[1] Chelmsford City won the Eastern Section and Lovells Athletic won the Western one. A championship play-off between the two clubs was drawn 3–3 and they were declared joint champions.[2] After this season, the Southern Football League did not resume until World War II had ended in 1945.

Eastern Section[edit]

Southern Football League Eastern Division
Season 1939-40
Matches played 18
Goals scored 102 (5.67 per match)
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Chelmsford City 7 5 0 2 29 9 3.22 10
2 Guildford City 8 4 1 3 26 13 2.00 9 Did not return to league after World War II
3 Tunbridge Wells Rangers 7 2 3 2 21 16 1.31 7
4 Dartford 7 2 1 4 17 30 0.57 5
5 Norwich City II 7 2 1 4 9 34 0.26 5

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 Section[edit]

Southern Football League Western Division
Season 1939-40
Matches played 55
Goals scored 291 (5.29 per match)

The Western Section featured three new clubs:

  • Gloucester City
  • Hereford United
  • Lovells Athletic.
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Lovells Athletic 14 11 1 2 53 22 2.41 23 Did not return to league after World War II
2 Worcester City 14 9 2 3 55 30 1.83 20
3 Hereford United 14 8 0 6 45 31 1.45 16
4 Yeovil & Petters United 14 7 2 5 30 24 1.25 16
5 Gloucester City 14 5 0 9 35 49 0.71 10 Did not return to league after World War II
6 Barry 14 4 1 9 31 56 0.55 9
7 Cheltenham Town 13 3 2 8 21 38 0.55 8
8 Bath City 13 3 2 8 21 41 0.51 8

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lovells Athletic at the Football Club History Database
  2. ^ Chelmsford City at the Football Club History Database