1946–47 Southern Football League

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The 1946–47 season was the 44th in the history of the Southern League. Gillingham won the championship. The league featured eight new clubs, including Football League members Millwall, who also entered their first team in the Southern League. However, due to fixture congestion, they only played 24 matches, with the remaining fixtures all being awarded as 0–0 draws.[1]

Final table[edit]

Southern Football League
Season 1946-47
Champions Gillingham (1st title)
Promoted none
Relegated Millwall (resigned)
Matches played 272
Goals scored 1250 (4.6 per match)

A total of 17 teams contest the division, including nine sides from previous season, three teams missed previous season and five new teams.

Teams returned to the league after resigning in 1940:

Newly elected teams:

Pos Club P W D L GF1 GA1 GAv2 Pts3 Notes
1 Gillingham 32 20 7 5 103 45 2.29 47
2 Guildford City 32 21 4 7 86 39 2.21 46
3 Merthyr Tydfil 32 21 3 8 104 37 2.81 45
4 Yeovil Town 32 19 6 7 100 49 2.04 44
5 Chelmsford City 32 17 4 11 90 60 1.5 38
6 Gravesend & Northfleet 32 17 4 11 82 58 1.41 38
7 Barry Town 32 14 8 10 89 61 1.46 36
8 Colchester United 32 15 5 12 65 60 1.08 35
9 Cheltenham Town 32 14 4 14 68 75 0.91 32
10 Millwall 32 8 13 11 59 57 1.04 29 Left league at end of season
11 Dartford 32 10 5 17 71 100 0.71 25
12 Bedford Town 32 8 8 16 63 98 0.64 24
13 Hereford United 32 8 7 17 37 85 0.44 23
14 Worcester City 32 8 6 18 55 90 0.61 22
15 Exeter City II 32 10 2 20 69 126 0.55 22
16 Bath City 32 7 7 18 52 93 0.56 21
17 Gloucester City 32 8 1 23 57 120 0.47 17

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 elections[edit]

Barry Town, Bath City, Chelmsford City, Colchester United, Gillingham, Gravesend & Northfleet, Guildford City, Merthyr Tydfil, Worcester City and Yeovil Town were amongst 27 non-League clubs to apply for election to the Football League. However, as the two clubs relegated from Division Two to the regional Division Threes were both from the south, the Football League secretary had suggested that electing new members could create an imbalance in the divisions' geographical boundaries, and that instead all four clubs (Halifax, Mansfield, Norwich and Southport) should be re-elected en bloc. This was accepted and no elections took place.[2]

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