1949–50 Western Football League

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Western Football League
Season 1949–50
Champions Wells City (Division One)
Barnstaple Town (Division Two)
Bideford Town (Division Three)

The 1949–50 season was the 48th in the history of the Western Football League.

This was the first and only season in the history of the Western League in which it consisted of three divisions. Division Three was created largely from reserve sides of existing members, but was abandoned at the end of the season.

The champions for the first time in their history were Wells City, and the winners of Division Two were new club Barnstaple Town. Bideford Town won Division Three, only dropping one point.[1]

Final tables[edit]

Division One[edit]

Division One remained at eighteen members with two clubs promoted to replace Clevedon and Bristol City Colts, who were relegated to Division Two. Weymouth had moved up to the Southern League and were replaced in Division One by their Reserves.

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Wells City 34 22 7 5 87 43 2.02 51
2 Poole Town 34 22 7 5 88 45 1.95 51
3 Glastonbury 34 23 4 7 78 38 2.05 50
4 Trowbridge Town 34 22 5 7 104 40 2.6 49
5 Cheltenham Town Reserves 34 21 4 9 91 58 1.57 46
6 Chippenham United 34 16 8 10 57 49 1.16 40
7 Bristol Rovers Colts 34 15 7 12 54 50 1.08 37
8 Chippenham Town 34 13 7 14 77 70 1.1 33
9 Street 34 12 9 13 71 75 0.95 33
10 Weymouth Reserves 34 13 5 16 67 49 1.37 31
11 Salisbury 34 14 3 17 64 66 0.97 31
12 Yeovil Town Reserves 34 13 5 16 55 102 0.54 31
13 Paulton Rovers 34 12 3 19 60 76 0.79 27
14 Peasedown Miners Welfare 34 8 9 17 56 82 0.68 25
15 Portland United 34 8 6 20 44 74 0.59 22
16 Clandown 34 8 5 21 46 80 0.57 21
17 Soundwell (R) 34 6 6 22 61 116 0.53 18
18 Bath City Reserves (R) 34 5 6 23 45 103 0.44 16

Division Two[edit]

Division Two remained at eighteen clubs, after Cheltenham Town Reserves and Chippenham United were promoted to Division One, and RAF Melksham left the league. Three new clubs joined:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Barnstaple Town (P) 34 23 7 4 102 41 2.49 53
2 Dorchester Town (P) 34 21 8 5 96 51 1.88 50
3 Welton Rovers 34 20 7 7 87 63 1.38 47
4 Stonehouse 34 19 6 9 83 63 1.32 44
5 Bridgwater Town 34 17 8 9 86 49 1.75 42
6 Trowbridge Town Reserves 34 17 8 9 81 53 1.53 42
7 Clevedon 34 18 6 10 92 61 1.51 42
8 Weston-super-Mare 34 16 9 9 86 73 1.18 41
9 Bristol City Colts 34 14 8 12 89 60 1.48 36
10 Cinderford Town 34 13 9 12 82 80 1.02 35
11 Chippenham Town Reserves 34 14 4 16 74 73 1.01 32
12 Frome Town 34 12 7 15 72 74 0.97 31
13 Radstock Town 34 10 7 17 72 98 0.73 27
14 National Smelting Company 34 8 9 17 69 99 0.7 25
15 Swindon Town Colts 34 9 3 22 58 89 0.65 21
16 Hoffman Athletic 34 4 13 17 33 69 0.48 21
17 Bristol Aeroplane Company 34 3 6 25 43 138 0.31 12 Left at the end of the season
18 Douglas 34 3 5 26 49 114 0.43 11 Left at the end of the season

Division Three[edit]

Division Three consisted of eleven clubs, all of which were new to the Western League except Bristol Rovers "A", this side rejoining the league having left in 1939. Seven of the other ten clubs were Reserve sides of clubs in Divisions One and Two.

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Bideford Town (P) 20 19 1 0 103 20 5.15 39
2 Ilfracombe Town (P) 20 16 0 4 74 37 2 32
3 Minehead (P) 20 11 5 4 49 30 1.63 27
4 Clevedon Reserves 20 9 7 4 50 41 1.22 25 Left at the end of the season
5 Chippenham United Reserves 20 8 2 10 45 48 0.94 18 Left at the end of the season
6 Weston-super-Mare Reserves 20 7 3 10 44 64 0.69 17 Left at the end of the season
7 Bristol Rovers "A" 20 5 6 9 36 43 0.84 16 Left at the end of the season
8 Barnstaple Town Reserves 20 5 5 10 31 45 0.69 15 Left at the end of the season
9 Welton Rovers Reserves 20 5 2 13 36 64 0.56 12 Left at the end of the season
10 Bridgwater Town Reserves 20 5 1 14 38 62 0.61 11 Left at the end of the season
11 Stonehouse Reserves 20 2 4 14 19 69 0.27 8 Left at the end of the season

1 The system of using goal average to separate two teams tied on points was used up to and including the 1976–77 season.

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

3 The tables as published at the time contained errors, hence the totals do not balance in some columns.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Robinson, Michael (ed.), Non-League Football Tables 1889–2006, Soccer Books, 2006