1968–69 Southern Football League

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The 1968–69 season was the 66th in the history of the Southern League.

Premier Division[edit]

Southern Football League
Premier Division
Season 1968–69
Champions Cambridge United
Promoted None
Relegated Bedford Town
Cheltenham Town
Guildford City
Rugby Town
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1325 (2.87 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 Cambridge United (C) 42 27 5 10 72 39 1.846 59
2 Hillingdon Borough 42 24 10 8 68 47 1.447 58
3 Wimbledon 42 21 12 9 66 48 1.375 54
4 King's Lynn 42 20 9 13 68 60 1.133 49
5 Worcester City 42 19 11 12 53 47 1.128 49
6 Romford 42 18 12 12 58 52 1.115 48
7 Weymouth 42 16 15 11 52 41 1.268 47
8 Yeovil Town 42 16 13 13 52 50 1.04 45
9 Kettering Town 42 18 8 16 51 55 0.927 44
10 Dover 42 17 9 16 66 61 1.082 43
11 Nuneaton Borough 42 17 7 18 74 58 1.276 41
12 Barnet 42 15 10 17 72 66 1.091 40
13 Chelmsford City 42 17 6 19 56 58 0.966 40
14 Hereford United 42 15 9 18 66 62 1.065 39
15 Wellington Town 42 14 10 18 62 61 1.016 38
16 Poole Town 42 16 6 20 75 76 0.987 38
17 Burton Albion 42 16 5 21 55 71 0.775 37
18 Margate 42 14 7 21 79 90 0.878 35
19 Cheltenham Town (R) 42 15 5 22 55 64 0.859 35 Relegation to the 1969–70 SFL Division One
20 Bedford Town (R) 42 11 12 19 46 63 0.73 34
21 Rugby Town (R) 42 10 6 26 38 83 0.458 26
22 Guildford City (R) 42 7 11 24 41 73 0.562 25

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 10 non-League clubs applied for election, all of which were Southern League clubs. All four League clubs were re-elected.[1]

Club League Votes
Grimsby Town Football League 47
York City Football League 45
Bradford Park Avenue Football League 38
Newport County Football League 27
Cambridge United Southern League 16
Kettering Town Southern League 3
Cambridge City Southern League 2
Hereford United Southern League 2
Romford Southern League 2
Bedford Town Southern League 1
Chelmsford City Southern League 1
Worcester City Southern League 1
Nuneaton Borough Southern League 0
Wimbledon Southern League 0

Division One[edit]

Southern Football League
Division One
Season 1968–69
Champions Brentwood Town
Promoted Bath City
Brentwood Town
Crawley Town
Gloucester City
Relegated None
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1485 (3.21 per match)

Division One featured four new teams:

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Brentwood Town (C) (P) 42 26 12 4 94 37 2.541 64 Promotion to the 1969–70 Southern League Premier Division
2 Bath City (P) 42 26 10 6 96 40 2.4 62
3 Gloucester City (P) 42 25 9 8 100 53 1.887 59
4 Crawley Town (P) 42 21 13 8 65 32 2.031 55
5 Corby Town 42 22 6 14 81 65 1.246 50
6 Dartford 42 20 8 14 79 51 1.549 48
7 Ramsgate Athletic 42 19 9 14 72 57 1.263 47
8 Salisbury 42 20 6 16 69 52 1.327 46
9 Cambridge City 42 18 10 14 73 63 1.159 46
10 Trowbridge Town 42 15 14 13 70 60 1.167 44
11 Banbury United 42 16 12 14 67 72 0.931 44
12 Folkestone 42 19 5 18 53 59 0.898 43
13 Canterbury City 42 17 7 18 67 63 1.063 41
14 Ashford Town 42 16 8 18 72 73 0.986 40
15 Bexley United 42 15 9 18 64 75 0.853 39
16 Hastings United 42 15 9 18 58 69 0.841 39
17 Wisbech Town 42 11 13 18 57 70 0.814 35
18 Dunstable Town 42 14 6 22 73 99 0.737 34
19 Merthyr Tydfil 42 10 7 25 49 101 0.485 27
20 Barry Town 42 8 10 24 39 78 0.5 26
21 Gravesend & Northfleet 42 8 9 25 51 79 0.646 25
22 Tonbridge 42 2 6 34 36 137 0.263 10

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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