1963–64 Southern Football League

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The 1963–64 season was the 61st in the history of the Southern League.

Premier Division[edit]

Southern Football League
Premier Division
Season 1963–64
Champions Yeovil Town
Promoted None
Relegated Hereford United
Hinckley Athletic
Kettering Town
Merthyr Tydfil
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1574 (3.41 per match)

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Yeovil Town (C) 42 29 5 8 93 36 2.583 63
2 Chelmsford City 42 26 7 9 99 55 1.8 59
3 Bath City 42 24 9 9 88 51 1.725 57
4 Guildford City 42 21 9 12 90 55 1.636 51
5 Romford 42 20 9 13 71 58 1.224 49
6 Hastings United 42 20 8 14 75 61 1.23 48
7 Weymouth 42 20 7 15 65 53 1.226 47
8 Bedford Town 42 19 9 14 71 68 1.044 47
9 Cambridge United 42 17 9 16 92 77 1.195 43
10 Cambridge City 42 17 9 16 76 70 1.086 43
11 Wisbech Town 42 17 8 17 64 68 0.941 42
12 Bexley United 42 16 10 16 70 77 0.909 42
13 Dartford 42 16 8 18 56 71 0.789 40
14 Worcester City 42 12 15 15 70 74 0.946 39
15 Nuneaton Borough 42 15 8 19 58 61 0.951 38
16 Rugby Town 42 15 8 19 68 86 0.791 38
17 Margate 42 12 13 17 68 81 0.84 37
18 Wellington Town 42 12 9 21 73 85 0.859 33
19 Merthyr Tydfil (R) 42 12 8 22 69 108 0.639 32 Relegation to 1964–65 SFL Division One
20 Hereford United (R) 42 12 7 23 58 86 0.674 31
21 Kettering Town (R) 42 10 5 27 49 89 0.551 25
22 Hinckley Athletic (R) 42 7 6 29 51 104 0.49 20

Updated to games played on 29 Apr 1964.
Source: [1]
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.
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Football League elections[edit]

Alongside the four League clubs facing re-election, a total of 13 non-League clubs applied for election, including seven Southern League clubs. All four League clubs were re-elected.[1]

Club League Votes
York City Football League 48
Southport Football League 45
Barrow Football League 42
Hartlepools United Football League 36
Wigan Athletic Cheshire League 5
Gateshead Northern League 4
Romford Southern League 4
Yeovil Town Southern League 3
South Shields North Eastern League 3
New Brighton Lancashire Combination 2
Guildford City Southern League 2
Gloucester City Southern League 1
Morecambe Lancashire Combination 1
Weymouth Southern League 1
Bexley United Southern League 0
Poole Town Southern League 0
Scarborough Midland League 0

Division One[edit]

Southern Football League
Division One
Season 1963–64
Champions Folkestone Town
Promoted Cheltenham Town
Folkestone Town
King's Lynn
Tonbridge
Relegated Clacton Town
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1585 (3.43 per match)

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Folkestone Town (C) (P) 42 28 7 7 82 38 2.158 63 Promotion to 1964–65 Southern League Premier Division
2 King's Lynn (P) 42 28 5 9 94 44 2.136 61
3 Cheltenham Town (P) 42 25 10 7 92 49 1.878 60
4 Tonbridge (P) 42 24 11 7 98 54 1.815 59
5 Corby Town 42 24 7 11 114 56 2.036 55
6 Stevenage Town 42 21 6 15 70 59 1.186 48
7 Ashford Town 42 19 9 14 73 57 1.281 47
8 Burton Albion 42 19 8 15 76 70 1.086 46
9 Poole Town 42 17 11 14 75 61 1.23 45
10 Dover 42 18 9 15 86 75 1.147 45
11 Canterbury City 42 16 12 14 66 66 1 44
12 Crawley Town 42 20 2 20 81 71 1.141 42
13 Trowbridge Town 42 16 9 17 71 78 0.91 41
14 Clacton Town (R) 42 19 1 22 76 88 0.864 39 Relegation to Eastern Counties League
15 Gloucester City 42 17 4 21 88 89 0.989 38
16 Yiewsley 42 15 8 19 63 77 0.818 38
17 Sittingbourne 42 15 8 19 52 70 0.743 38
18 Ramsgate Athletic 42 13 9 20 57 55 1.036 35
19 Tunbridge Wells Rangers 42 10 8 24 47 89 0.528 28
20 Gravesend & Northfleet 42 7 9 26 43 96 0.448 23
21 Deal Town 42 5 7 30 48 106 0.453 17
22 Barry Town 42 3 6 33 33 137 0.241 12

Updated to games played on 29 Apr 1964.
Source: [2]
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.
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

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