1947–48 Southern Football League

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The 1947–48 season was the 45th in the history of the Southern League. Merthyr Tydfil won the championship.[1] Eight Southern League clubs applied to join the Football League at the end of the season, but none were successful.

Final table[edit]

Southern Football League
Season 1947-48
Champions Merthyr Tydfil (1st title)
Promoted none
Relegated none
Matches played 306
Goals scored 1132 (3.7 per match)

A total of 18 teams contest the division, including 16 sides from previous season, and two new teams.

Newly elected teams:

  • Lovells Athletic - returned to the league after 17 seasons of absence
  • Torquay United II
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2
1 Merthyr Tydfil 34 23 7 4 84 38 2.21 53
2 Gillingham 34 21 5 8 81 43 1.88 47
3 Worcester City 34 21 3 10 74 45 1.64 45
4 Colchester United 34 17 10 7 88 41 2.15 44
5 Hereford United 34 16 10 8 77 53 1.45 42
6 Lovells Athletic 34 17 6 11 74 50 1.48 40
7 Exeter City II 34 15 7 12 65 57 1.14 37
8 Yeovil Town 34 12 11 11 56 50 1.12 35
9 Chelmsford City 34 14 7 13 62 58 1.07 35
10 Cheltenham Town 34 13 9 12 71 71 1 35
11 Bath City 34 12 8 14 55 62 0.89 32
12 Barry Town 34 10 9 15 60 70 0.86 29
13 Gravesend & Northfleet 34 11 6 17 52 81 0.64 28
14 Guildford City 34 11 4 19 69 74 0.93 26
15 Dartford 34 10 6 18 35 62 0.56 26
16 Gloucester City 34 8 6 20 45 78 0.58 22
17 Torquay United II 34 6 9 19 43 95 0.45 21
18 Bedford Town 34 6 3 25 41 104 0.39 15

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 elections[edit]

Eight Southern League clubs applied to join the Football League, but all four League clubs were re-elected.[2]

Club League Votes
Brighton & Hove Albion Football League 47
Norwich City Football League 47
Halifax Town Football League 47
New Brighton Football League 38
Shrewsbury Town Midland League 8
Colchester United Southern League 2
Scunthorpe United Midland League 2
Gillingham Southern League 1
Worcester City Southern League 1
South Liverpool Cheshire League 1
Bath City Southern League 0
Bridgend Town Welsh National League (South) 0
Chelmsford City Southern League 0
Lovells Athletic Southern League 0
Merthyr Tydfil Southern League 0
Peterborough United Midland League 0
Yeovil Town Southern League 0
Nelson Lancashire Combination 0
North Shields North Eastern League 0
Northwich Victoria Cheshire League 0
Wigan Athletic Lancashire Combination 0
Workington North Eastern League 0

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