1958–59 Southern Football League

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The 1958–59 Southern Football League season saw the league split into two divisions for the first time since 1936 following the election of thirteen new clubs at the end of the previous season. Hereford United won the North-west Division, whilst Bedford Town won the South-east Division. Bedford were declared Southern League champions after defeating Hereford 2-1 in a championship play-off at Hereford on 9 May.[1] Nine clubs applied to join the Football League, although none were successful.

The plan for the following season was to have a Premier Division of 22 clubs and a Division One below it. As a result, the top eleven clubs in each division this season would remain in the new Premier Division, whilst clubs finishing twelfth or lower would be in the new Division One.

Final tables[edit]

North-west Division[edit]

The North-west Division featured seven new clubs:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Hereford United 34 22 5 7 80 37 2.16 49
2 Kettering Town 34 20 7 7 83 63 1.32 47
3 Boston United 34 18 8 8 73 47 1.55 44
4 Cheltenham Town 34 20 4 10 65 47 1.38 44
5 Worcester City 34 19 4 11 74 47 1.57 42
6 Bath City 34 17 5 12 89 62 1.44 39
7 Wellington Town 34 15 9 10 74 58 1.28 39
8 Nuneaton Borough 34 17 5 12 76 66 1.15 39
9 Wisbech Town 34 16 5 13 77 54 1.43 37
10 Headington United 34 16 3 15 76 61 1.25 35
11 Barry Town 34 15 5 14 64 67 0.96 35
12 Merthyr Tydfil 34 16 3 15 54 59 0.92 35 Relegated to Division One
13 Gloucester City 34 12 6 16 50 65 0.77 30
14 Corby Town 34 10 8 16 59 79 0.75 28
15 Lovells Athletic 34 10 3 21 51 70 0.73 23 Left league at end of season
16 Rugby Town 34 7 6 21 45 93 0.48 20 Relegated to Division One
17 Kidderminster Harriers 34 7 3 24 42 94 0.44 17
18 Burton Albion 34 3 3 28 41 104 0.39 9

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.

South-east Division[edit]

The North-west Division featured six new clubs:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Bedford Town 32 21 6 5 90 41 2.2 48
2 Gravesend & Northfleet 32 21 2 9 79 54 1.46 44
3 Dartford 32 20 3 9 77 41 1.88 43
4 Yeovil Town 32 17 8 7 60 41 1.46 42
5 Weymouth 32 13 11 8 61 43 1.42 37
6 Chelmsford City 32 12 12 8 74 53 1.4 36
7 King's Lynn 32 14 5 13 70 63 1.11 33
8 Poole Town 32 12 8 12 60 65 0.92 32
9 Cambridge City 32 12 7 13 61 54 1.13 31
10 Hastings United 32 13 5 14 60 59 1.02 31
11 Tonbridge 32 14 3 15 51 59 0.86 31
12 Cambridge United 32 11 8 13 55 77 0.71 30 Relegated to Division One
13 Trowbridge Town 32 12 4 16 53 75 0.71 28
14 Exeter City II 32 7 12 13 47 71 0.66 26
15 Guildford City 32 7 6 19 45 67 0.67 20
16 Clacton Town 32 6 7 19 44 81 0.54 19
17 Yiewsley 32 3 7 22 36 78 0.46 13

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 election[edit]

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

Club League Votes
Oldham Athletic Football League 46
Southport Football League 34
Barrow Football League 32
Aldershot Football League 31
Peterborough United Midland League 26
Headington United Southern League 7
Worcester City Southern League 7
Wigan Athletic Lancashire Combination 3
Cambridge City Southern League 2
Gloucester City Southern League 2
Kettering Town Southern League 1
South Shields Midland League 1
Scarborough Midland League 1
Yeovil Town Southern League 0
Bedford Town Southern League 0
Hereford United Southern League 0
King's Lynn Southern League 0
Morecambe Lancashire Combination 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bedford Town at the Football Club History Database
  2. ^ A history of admission to the Football League