1969–70 Southern Football League

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The 1969–70 season was the 67th in the history of the Southern League.

Premier Division[edit]

Southern Football League
Premier Division
Season 1969–70
Champions Cambridge United
Promoted Cambridge United
Relegated Burton Albion
Crawley Town
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1319 (2.85 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) (P) 42 26 6 10 84 50 1.68 58 Promotion to 1970–71 Football League Division Four
2 Yeovil Town 42 25 7 10 78 48 1.625 57
3 Chelmsford City 42 20 11 11 76 58 1.31 51
4 Weymouth 42 18 14 10 59 37 1.595 50
5 Wimbledon 42 19 12 11 64 52 1.231 50
6 Hillingdon Borough 42 19 12 11 56 50 1.12 50
7 Barnet 42 16 15 11 71 54 1.315 47
8 Telford United 42 18 10 14 61 62 0.984 46
9 Brentwood Town 42 16 13 13 61 38 1.605 45 Club folded
10 Hereford United 42 18 9 15 74 65 1.138 45
11 Bath City 42 18 8 16 63 55 1.145 44
12 King's Lynn 42 16 11 15 72 68 1.059 43
13 Margate 42 17 8 17 70 64 1.094 42
14 Dover 42 15 10 17 51 50 1.02 40
15 Kettering Town 42 18 3 21 64 75 0.853 39
16 Worcester City 42 14 10 18 35 44 0.795 38
17 Romford 42 13 11 18 50 62 0.806 37
18 Poole Town 42 8 19 15 48 57 0.842 35
19 Gloucester City 42 12 9 21 53 73 0.726 33
20 Nuneaton Borough 42 11 10 21 52 74 0.703 32
21 Crawley Town (R) 42 6 15 21 53 101 0.525 27 Relegation to 1970–71 SFL Division One
22 Burton Albion (R) 42 3 9 30 24 82 0.293 15

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, ten of which were Southern League clubs. Three League clubs were re-elected, and Cambridge United were elected.[1]

Club League Votes
Darlington Football League 47
Hartlepool Football League 42
Cambridge United Southern League 31
Newport County Football League 31
Wigan Athletic Northern Premier League 3
Bradford Park Avenue Football League 17
Cambridge City Southern League 2
Yeovil Town Southern League 1
Bedford Town Southern League 1
Hereford United Southern League 1
Morecambe Northern Premier League 1
Romford Southern League 1
Boston United Northern Premier League 0
Chelmsford City Southern League 0
Hillingdon Borough Southern League 0
Telford United Southern League 0
Wimbledon Southern League 0

Division One[edit]

Southern Football League
Division One
Season 1969–70
Champions Bedford Town
Promoted Ashford Town
Bedford Town
Cambridge City
Dartford
Relegated Wisbech Town
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1440 (3.12 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 Bedford Town (C) (P) 42 26 9 7 93 37 2.514 61 Promotion to 1970–71 Southern League Premier Division
2 Cambridge City (P) 42 26 8 8 104 43 2.419 60
3 Dartford (P) 42 24 11 7 88 46 1.913 59
4 Ashford Town (P) 42 19 16 7 71 43 1.651 54
5 Rugby Town 42 20 10 12 82 66 1.242 50
6 Trowbridge Town 42 20 8 14 72 65 1.108 48
7 Hastings United 42 18 11 13 67 51 1.314 47
8 Guildford City 42 19 9 14 68 58 1.172 47
9 Banbury United 42 19 8 15 86 72 1.194 46
10 Cheltenham Town 42 20 5 17 78 81 0.963 45
11 Canterbury City 42 15 13 14 61 57 1.07 43
12 Corby Town 42 14 15 13 58 54 1.074 43
13 Folkestone 42 19 5 18 57 55 1.036 43
14 Ramsgate Athletic 42 14 13 15 53 57 0.93 41
15 Salisbury 42 12 14 16 47 53 0.887 38
16 Gravesend & Northfleet 42 13 11 18 62 71 0.873 37
17 Bexley United 42 10 11 21 58 76 0.763 31
18 Dunstable Town 42 11 9 22 52 82 0.634 31
19 Merthyr Tydfil 42 9 11 22 40 80 0.5 29
20 Barry Town 42 11 6 25 39 76 0.513 28
21 Wisbech Town (R) 42 8 9 25 58 116 0.5 25 Relegation to Eastern Counties League
22 Tonbridge 42 4 10 28 46 101 0.455 18

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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