1967–68 Southern Football League

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The 1967–68 season was the 65th in the history of the Southern League.

Premier Division[edit]

Southern Football League
Premier Division
Season 1967–68
Champions Chelmsford City
Promoted None
Relegated Cambridge City
Corby Town
Hastings United
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1388 (3 per match)

The Premier Division featured four new teams:

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Chelmsford City (C) 42 25 7 10 85 50 1.7 57
2 Wimbledon 42 24 7 11 85 47 1.809 55
3 Cambridge United 42 20 13 9 73 42 1.738 53
4 Cheltenham Town 42 23 7 12 97 67 1.448 53
5 Guildford City 42 18 13 11 56 43 1.302 49
6 Romford 42 20 8 14 72 60 1.2 48
7 Barnet 42 20 8 14 81 71 1.141 48
8 Margate 42 19 8 15 80 71 1.127 46
9 Wellington Town 42 16 13 13 70 66 1.061 45
10 Hillingdon Borough 42 18 9 15 53 54 0.981 45
11 King's Lynn 42 18 8 16 66 57 1.158 44
12 Yeovil Town 42 16 12 14 45 43 1.047 44
13 Weymouth 42 17 8 17 65 61 1.066 42
14 Hereford United 42 17 7 18 58 62 0.935 41
15 Nuneaton Borough 42 13 14 15 62 64 0.969 40
16 Dover 42 17 6 19 54 56 0.964 40
17 Poole Town 42 13 10 19 55 74 0.743 36
18 Stevenage Town 42 13 9 20 57 75 0.76 35 Club folded
19 Burton Albion 42 14 6 22 51 73 0.699 34
20 Corby Town (R) 42 7 13 22 40 77 0.519 27 Relegation to 1968–69 SFL Division One
21 Cambridge City (R) 42 10 6 26 50 81 0.617 26
22 Hastings United (R) 42 4 8 30 33 94 0.351 16

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 15 non-League clubs applied for election, including 12 Southern League clubs. All four League clubs were re-elected.[1]

Club League Votes
York City Football League 46
Chester Football League 44
Bradford Park Avenue Football League 44
Workington Football League 38
Cheltenham Town Southern League 3
Bedford Town Southern League 2
Cambridge City Southern League 2
Cambridge United Southern League 2
Chelmsford City Southern League 2
Runcorn Cheshire League 2
Wigan Athletic Cheshire League 2
Guildford City Southern League 1
Hereford United Southern League 1
New Brighton Cheshire League 1
Wellington Town Southern League 1
Wimbledon Southern League 1
Worcester City Southern League 1
Yeovil Town Southern League 0
Nuneaton Borough Southern League 0

Division One[edit]

Southern Football League
Division One
Season 1967–68
Champions Worcester City
Promoted Bedford Town
Kettering Town
Rugby Town
Worcester City
Relegated None
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1438 (3.11 per match)

Division One featured five new teams:

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Worcester City (C) (P) 42 23 14 5 93 35 2.657 60 Promotion to 1968–69 Southern League Premier Division
2 Kettering Town (P) 42 24 10 8 88 39 2.256 58
3 Bedford Town (P) 42 24 7 11 101 40 2.525 55
4 Rugby Town (P) 42 20 15 7 72 44 1.636 55
5 Dartford 42 23 9 10 72 48 1.5 55
6 Bath City 42 21 12 9 78 51 1.529 54
7 Banbury United 42 22 9 11 79 59 1.339 53
8 Ramsgate Athletic 42 17 17 8 70 37 1.892 51
9 Merthyr Tydfil 42 18 13 11 80 66 1.212 49
10 Tonbridge 42 18 9 15 76 71 1.07 45
11 Canterbury City 42 16 11 15 66 63 1.048 43
12 Ashford Town 42 18 6 18 73 79 0.924 42
13 Brentwood Town 42 16 9 17 63 73 0.863 41
14 Bexley United 42 12 13 17 56 64 0.875 37
15 Trowbridge Town 42 12 11 19 64 71 0.901 35
16 Gloucester City 42 12 9 21 54 68 0.794 33
17 Wisbech Town 42 11 10 21 43 78 0.551 32
18 Crawley Town 42 10 8 24 53 85 0.624 28
19 Folkestone Town 42 10 7 25 49 80 0.613 27
20 Dunstable Town 42 8 10 24 44 94 0.468 26
21 Barry Town 42 7 12 23 36 81 0.444 26
22 Gravesend & Northfleet 42 6 7 29 28 112 0.25 19

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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