1960–61 Southern Football League

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The 1960–61 Southern Football League season saw Oxford United win the championship, whilst Kettering Town, Cambridge United, Bexleyheath & Welling and Merthyr Tydfil were all promoted to the Premier Division.[1] Ten 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]

The Premier Division featured four new clubs, all promoted from Division One the previous season:

  • Clacton Town
  • Folkestone Town
  • Guildford City
  • Romford
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Oxford United 42 27 10 5 104 43 2.42 64
2 Chelmsford City 42 23 11 8 91 55 1.65 57
3 Yeovil Town 42 23 9 10 109 54 2.02 55
4 Hereford United 42 21 10 11 83 67 1.24 52
5 Weymouth 42 21 9 12 78 63 1.24 51
6 Bath City 42 18 14 10 74 52 1.42 50
7 Cambridge City 42 16 12 14 101 71 1.42 44
8 Wellington Town 42 17 9 16 66 68 0.97 43
9 Bedford Town 42 18 7 17 94 97 0.97 43
10 Folkestone Town 42 18 7 17 75 86 0.87 43
11 King's Lynn 42 13 16 13 68 66 1.03 42
12 Worcester City 42 15 11 16 69 69 1 41
13 Clacton Town 42 15 11 16 82 83 0.99 41
14 Romford 42 13 15 14 66 69 0.96 41
15 Guildford City 42 14 11 17 65 62 1.05 39
16 Tonbridge 42 16 6 20 79 85 0.93 38
17 Cheltenham Town 42 15 7 20 81 81 1 37
18 Gravesend & Northfleet 42 15 7 20 75 101 0.74 37
19 Dartford 42 13 11 18 57 90 0.63 37 Relegated to Division One
20 Hastings United 42 8 9 25 60 100 0.6 25
21 Wisbech Town 42 9 6 27 58 112 0.51 24
22 Boston United 42 6 8 28 62 123 0.50 20 Left league at end of season

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]

Ten Southern League clubs (including Bexleyheath & Welling and Kettering Town from Division One) applied for election to the Football League. However, all four League clubs were re-elected.[2]

Club League Votes
Chester Football League 45
Exeter City Football League 44
Barrow Football League 35
Hartlepools Football League 32
Oxford United Southern League 19
Bedford Town Southern League 4
Wigan Athletic Lancashire Combination 4
Cambridge City Southern League 3
Chelmsford City Southern League 3
Gateshead Northern Counties League 3
Hereford United Southern League 1
Kettering Town Southern League 1
Romford Southern League 1
Scarborough Northern Counties League 1
South Shields Northern Counties League 1
Bexleyheath & Welling Southern League 0
Gravesend & Northfleet Southern League 0
King's Lynn Southern League 0
Morecambe Lancashire Combination 0

Division One[edit]

Division One featured five new clubs:

  • Barry Town (relegated from the Premier Division)
  • Canterbury City (elected from the Metropolitan League)
  • Kettering Town (relegated from the Premier Division)
  • Nuneaton Borough (relegated from the Premier Division)
  • Poole Town (relegated from the Premier Division)
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Kettering Town 40 26 7 7 100 55 1.82 59 Promoted to the Premier Division
2 Cambridge United 40 25 5 10 100 53 1.88 55
3 Bexleyheath & Welling 40 22 8 10 93 46 2.02 52
4 Merthyr Tydfil 40 23 6 11 88 65 1.35 52
5 Sittingbourne 40 21 10 9 77 63 1.22 52
6 Hinckley Athletic 40 17 13 10 74 59 1.25 47
7 Ramsgate Athletic 40 19 7 14 77 56 1.38 45
8 Rugby Town 40 18 9 13 89 71 1.25 45
9 Corby Town 40 16 10 14 82 73 1.12 42
10 Poole Town 40 18 5 17 71 65 1.09 41
11 Barry Town 40 16 9 15 65 74 0.88 41
12 Yiewsley 40 17 7 16 65 76 0.86 41
13 Trowbridge Town 40 14 10 16 71 73 0.97 38
14 Ashford Town 40 14 8 18 61 67 0.91 36
15 Margate 40 11 12 17 62 75 0.83 34
16 Dover 40 12 7 21 67 74 0.91 31
17 Canterbury City 40 10 10 20 52 75 0.69 30
18 Nuneaton Borough 40 11 7 22 60 91 0.65 29
19 Burton Albion 40 12 4 24 63 85 0.74 28
20 Tunbridge Wells United 40 8 5 27 56 115 0.48 21
21 Gloucester City 40 7 7 26 40 102 0.39 21

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