1948–49 Southern Football League

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The 1948–49 season was the 46th in the history of the Southern League. Gillingham won the championship for the second time in three seasons.[1] Four Southern League clubs applied to join the Football League at the end of the season, but none was successful.

Final table[edit]

Southern Football League
Season 1948-49
Champions Gillingham (2nd title)
Promoted none
Relegated none
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1677 (3.63 per match)

The league consisted of 22 clubs, including all 18 clubs from the previous season, and four newly elected clubs.

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2
1 Gillingham 42 26 10 6 104 48 2.17 62
2 Chelmsford City 42 27 7 8 115 64 1.8 61
3 Merthyr Tydfil 42 26 8 8 133 54 2.46 60
4 Colchester United 42 21 10 11 94 61 1.54 52
5 Worcester City 42 22 7 13 87 56 1.55 51
6 Dartford 42 21 9 12 73 53 1.38 51
7 Gravesend & Northfleet 42 20 9 13 60 46 1.3 49
8 Yeovil Town 42 19 9 14 90 53 1.7 47
9 Cheltenham Town 42 19 9 14 71 64 1.11 47
10 Kidderminster Harriers 42 19 6 17 77 94 0.82 44
11 Exeter City II 42 18 7 17 83 73 1.14 43
12 Hereford United 42 17 6 19 83 84 0.99 40
13 Bath City 42 15 8 19 72 87 0.83 38
14 Hastings United 42 14 10 18 69 93 0.74 38
15 Torquay United II 42 15 7 20 73 93 0.78 37
16 Lovells Athletic 42 14 8 20 73 74 0.99 36
17 Guildford City 42 12 12 18 58 85 0.68 36
18 Gloucester City 42 12 10 20 78 100 0.78 34
19 Barry Town 42 12 10 20 55 95 0.57 34
20 Tonbridge 42 9 7 26 54 105 0.51 25
21 Chingford Town 42 6 9 27 43 94 0.45 21
22 Bedford Town 42 5 8 29 32 101 0.31 18

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
Bradford City Football League 45
Southport Football League 42
Aldershot Football League 41
Crystal Palace Football League 40
Worcester City Southern League 5
Gillingham Southern League 5
Shrewsbury Town Midland League 5
Scunthorpe United Midland League 5
Merthyr Tydfil Southern League 3
Yeovil Town Southern League 2
Peterborough United Midland League 0
Wigan Athletic Lancashire Combination 0
South Liverpool Cheshire League 0
North Shields North Eastern League 0
Nelson Lancashire Combination 0

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