1959–60 Southern Football League

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The 1959–60 Southern Football League season saw the league split into a Premier Division and Division One, the first time the league had had two hierarchical divisions since 1919–20. Bath City won the championship, whilst Clacton Town, Romford, Folkestone Town and Guildford City were all promoted to the Premier Division.[1] Eleven Southern League clubs applied to join the Football League at the end of the season, but none were successful.

Final tables[edit]

Premier Division[edit]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Bath City 42 32 3 7 116 50 2.32 67
2 Headington United 42 23 8 11 78 61 1.28 54 Changed name to Oxford United at end of season
3 Weymouth 42 22 9 11 93 69 1.35 53
4 Cheltenham Town 42 21 6 15 82 68 1.21 48
5 Cambridge City 42 18 11 13 81 72 1.13 47
6 Chelmsford City 42 19 7 16 90 70 1.29 45
7 Bedford Town 42 21 3 18 97 85 1.14 45
8 King's Lynn 42 17 11 14 89 78 1.14 45
9 Boston United 42 17 10 15 83 80 1.04 44
10 Wisbech Town 42 17 10 15 81 84 0.96 44
11 Yeovil Town 42 17 8 17 81 73 1.11 42
12 Hereford United 42 15 12 15 70 74 0.95 42
13 Tonbridge 42 16 8 18 79 73 1.08 40
14 Hastings United 42 16 8 18 63 77 0.82 40
15 Wellington Town 42 13 11 18 63 78 0.81 37
16 Dartford 42 15 7 20 64 82 0.78 37
17 Gravesend & Northfleet 42 14 8 20 69 84 0.82 36
18 Worcester City 42 13 10 19 72 89 0.80 36
19 Nuneaton Borough 42 11 11 20 64 78 0.82 33 Relegated to Division One
20 Barry Town 42 14 5 23 78 103 0.75 33
21 Poole Town 42 10 8 24 69 96 0.71 28
22 Kettering Town 42 9 10 23 60 90 0.66 28

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]

Eleven Southern League clubs (including Guildford City and Romford from Division One) applied for election to the Football League. Although none were successful, Peterborough United were elected at the expense of Gateshead.[2]

Club League Votes
Oldham Athletic Football League 39
Peterborough United Midland League 35
Hartlepools United Football League 34
Southport Football League 29
Gateshead Football League 18
Headington United Southern League 10
Chelmsford City Southern League 3
Bedford Town Southern League 2
Cambridge City Southern League 2
Guildford City Southern League 2
New Brighton Lancashire Combination 2
Romford Southern League 2
Scarborough Midland League 2
Worcester City Southern League 2
Ellesmere Port Town Cheshire League 1
Kettering Town Southern League 1
Morecambe Lancashire Combination 1
South Shields Midland League 1
Hereford United Southern League 0
King's Lynn Southern League 0
Yeovil Town Southern League 0

Division One[edit]

Division One featured ten new clubs:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Clacton Town 42 27 5 10 106 69 1.54 59 Promoted to the Premier Division
2 Romford 42 21 11 10 65 40 1.62 53
3 Folkestone Town 42 23 5 14 93 71 1.31 51
4 Exeter City II 42 23 3 16 85 62 1.37 49 Left league at end of season
5 Guildford City 42 19 9 14 79 56 1.41 47 Promoted to the Premier Division
6 Sittingbourne 42 20 7 15 66 56 1.18 47
7 Margate 42 20 6 16 88 77 1.14 46
8 Trowbridge Town 42 18 9 15 89 78 1.14 45
9 Cambridge United 42 18 9 15 71 72 0.99 45
10 Yiewsley 42 16 11 15 83 71 1.17 43
11 Bexleyheath & Welling 42 16 11 15 85 77 1.1 43
12 Merthyr Tydfil 42 16 10 16 63 65 0.97 42
13 Ramsgate Athletic 42 16 8 18 84 85 0.99 40
14 Ashford Town 42 14 12 16 61 70 0.87 40
15 Tunbridge Wells United 42 17 5 20 77 74 1.04 39
16 Hinckley Athletic 42 14 8 20 62 75 0.83 36
17 Gloucester City 42 13 9 20 56 84 0.66 35
18 Dover 42 14 6 22 59 85 0.69 34
19 Kidderminster Harriers 42 14 6 22 59 97 0.60 34 Dropped into Birmingham & DL at end of season
20 Corby Town 42 15 3 24 75 91 0.82 33
21 Burton Albion 42 11 10 21 52 79 0.65 32
22 Rugby Town 42 10 11 21 67 91 0.73 31

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