1961–62 Southern Football League

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Southern Football League
Season 1961–62

The 1961–62 Southern Football League season saw Oxford United win the championship for the second successive season and be admitted to the Football League.[1]

Final tables[edit]

Premier Division[edit]

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

  • Bexleyheath & Welling
  • Cambridge United
  • Kettering Town
  • Merthyr Tydfil
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Oxford United 42 28 5 9 118 46 2.57 61 Elected to the Football League
2 Bath City 42 25 7 10 102 70 1.46 57
3 Guildford City 42 24 8 10 79 49 1.61 56
4 Yeovil Town 42 23 8 11 97 59 1.64 54
5 Chelmsford City 42 19 12 11 74 60 1.23 50
6 Weymouth 42 20 7 15 80 64 1.25 47
7 Kettering Town 42 21 5 16 90 84 1.07 47
8 Hereford United 42 21 2 19 81 68 1.19 44
9 Cambridge City 42 18 8 16 70 71 0.99 44
10 Bexleyheath & Welling 42 19 5 18 69 75 0.92 43
11 Romford 42 15 9 18 63 70 0.9 39
12 Cambridge United 42 13 12 17 76 78 0.97 38
13 Wellington Town 42 14 10 18 75 78 0.96 38
14 Gravesend & Northfleet 42 17 4 21 59 92 0.64 38
15 Bedford Town 42 16 5 21 73 79 0.92 37
16 Worcester City 42 15 7 20 51 64 0.8 37
17 Merthyr Tydfil 42 13 11 18 62 80 0.77 37
18 Clacton Town 42 13 10 19 74 91 0.81 36
19 Tonbridge 42 10 14 18 71 92 0.77 34 Relegated to Division One
20 King's Lynn 42 12 8 22 59 74 0.79 32
21 Folkestone Town 42 12 6 24 64 103 0.62 30
22 Cheltenham Town 42 9 7 26 48 86 0.55 25

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]

Due to the resignation of Accrington Stanley there was a free place in the Football League. Alongside the three League clubs facing re-election, a total of 26 non-League clubs applied for election, including 19 Southern League clubs. Southern League champions Oxford United were the only non-League club to be elected.[2]

Club League Votes
Chester Football League 46
Doncaster Rovers Football League 45
Hartlepools Football League 40
Oxford United Southern League 39
Wigan Athletic Cheshire League 5
Chelmsford City Southern League 4
Gateshead Northern Counties League 4
Cambridge City Southern League 2
Worcester City Southern League 2
Bath City Southern League 1
Hereford United Southern League 1
King's Lynn Southern League 1
Morecambe Lancashire Combination 1
New Brighton Lancashire Combination 1
Bedford Town Southern League 0
Bexleyheath & Welling Southern League 0
Corby Town Southern League 0
Folkestone Town Southern League 0
Gravesend & Northfleet Southern League 0
Guildford City Southern League 0
Kettering Town Southern League 0
North Shields Northern Counties League 0
Poole Town Southern League 0
Romford Southern League 0
Scarborough Northern Counties League 0
Sittingbourne Southern League 0
South Shields Midland League 0
Wellington Town Southern League 0
Yeovil Town Southern League 0

Division One[edit]

Division One featured three new clubs, all of which had been relegated from the Premier Division the previous season:

  • Dartford
  • Hastings United
  • Wisbech Town
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Wisbech Town 38 21 11 6 76 42 1.81 53 Promoted to the Premier Division
2 Poole Town 38 23 6 9 81 47 1.72 52
3 Dartford 38 21 8 9 89 50 1.78 50
4 Rugby Town 38 20 9 9 82 49 1.67 49
5 Margate 38 20 6 12 74 55 1.35 46
6 Corby Town 38 19 6 13 82 60 1.37 44
7 Sittingbourne 38 16 12 10 69 51 1.35 44
8 Dover 38 19 6 13 66 55 1.2 44
9 Yiewsley 38 18 6 14 64 51 1.25 42
10 Barry Town 38 14 11 13 55 51 1.08 39
11 Ashford Town 38 14 11 13 66 70 0.94 39
12 Hinckley Athletic 38 15 8 15 75 65 1.15 38
13 Burton Albion 38 16 5 17 70 79 0.89 37
14 Nuneaton Borough 38 12 12 14 63 71 0.89 36
15 Tunbridge Wells United 38 12 7 19 61 85 0.72 31
16 Canterbury City 38 11 8 19 60 82 0.73 30
17 Ramsgate Athletic 38 10 9 19 49 70 0.7 29
18 Trowbridge Town 38 9 9 20 45 67 0.67 27
19 Gloucester City 38 6 4 28 46 104 0.44 16
20 Hastings United 38 5 4 29 46 115 0.4 14

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