1971–72 Southern Football League

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The 1971–72 season was the 69th in the history of the Southern League.

Premier Division[edit]

Southern Football League
Premier Division
Season 1971–72
Champions Chelmsford City
Promoted Hereford United
Relegated Bath City
Gloucester City
Merthyr Tydfil
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1378 (2.98 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 28 6 8 109 46 2.37 62
2 Hereford United (P) 42 24 12 6 68 30 2.267 60 Promotion to the 1972–73 Football League Fourth Division
3 Dover 42 20 11 11 67 45 1.489 51
4 Barnet 42 21 7 14 80 57 1.404 49
5 Dartford 42 20 8 14 75 68 1.103 48
6 Weymouth 42 21 5 16 69 43 1.605 47
7 Yeovil Town 42 18 11 13 67 51 1.314 47
8 Hillingdon Borough 42 20 6 16 64 58 1.103 46
9 Margate 42 19 8 15 74 68 1.088 46
10 Wimbledon 42 19 7 16 75 64 1.172 45
11 Romford 42 16 13 13 54 49 1.102 45
12 Guildford City 42 20 5 17 71 65 1.092 45
13 Telford United 42 18 7 17 83 68 1.221 43
14 Nuneaton Borough 42 16 10 16 46 47 0.979 42
15 Bedford Town 42 16 9 17 85 66 1.288 41
16 Worcester City 42 17 7 18 46 57 0.807 41
17 Cambridge City 42 12 14 16 68 71 0.958 38
18 Folkestone 42 14 7 21 58 64 0.906 35
19 Poole Town 42 9 11 22 41 72 0.569 29
20 Bath City (R) 42 11 4 27 45 86 0.523 26 Relegation to the SFL Division One South
21 Merthyr Tydfil (R) 42 7 8 27 29 93 0.312 22 Relegation to the SFL Division One North
22 Gravesend & Northfleet (R) 42 5 6 31 30 110 0.273 16 Relegation to the SFL Division One South

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 12 non-League clubs applied for election, eight of which were Southern League clubs. Three League clubs were re-elected, along with Hereford United who were elected in favour of Barrow after a tie in the first vote.[1]

Club League Votes
Northampton Town Football League 49
Crewe Alexandra Football League 46
Stockport County Football League 46
Hereford United Southern League 26 (29)
Barrow Football League 26 (20)
Bradford Park Avenue Northern Premier League 1
Cambridge City Southern League 1
Wimbledon Southern League 1
Bangor City Northern Premier League 0
Bedford Town Southern League 0
Boston United Northern Premier League 0
Hillingdon Borough Southern League 0
Romford Southern League 0
Telford United Southern League 0
Wigan Athletic Northern Premier League 0
Yeovil Town Southern League 0

Division One North[edit]

Southern Football League
Division One North
Season 1971–72
Champions Kettering Town
Promoted Burton Albion
Kettering Town
Relegated None
Matches played 306
Goals scored 904 (2.95 per match)

Division One North featured ten new teams:

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Kettering Town (C) (P) 34 23 6 5 70 27 2.593 52 Promotion to the 1972–73 Southern League Premier Division
2 Burton Albion (P) 34 18 13 3 58 27 2.148 49
3 Cheltenham Town 34 20 4 10 72 51 1.412 44
4 Rugby Town 34 18 7 9 82 36 2.278 43
5 Wellingborough Town 34 15 10 9 73 44 1.659 40
6 Stourbridge 34 13 14 7 59 42 1.405 40
7 King's Lynn 44 24 11 9 62 45 1.378 59
8 Corby Town 34 15 9 10 47 35 1.343 39
9 Ilkeston Town 34 14 11 9 44 38 1.158 39
10 Banbury United 34 14 5 15 54 46 1.174 33
11 Bury Town 34 14 5 15 47 44 1.068 33
12 Wealdstone 34 14 5 15 51 58 0.879 33 Transferred to Division One South
13 Lockheed Leamington 34 15 3 16 41 52 0.788 33
14 Gloucester City 34 8 8 18 46 61 0.754 24
15 Stevenage Athletic 34 8 8 18 41 69 0.594 24
16 Bletchley Town 34 7 7 20 36 70 0.514 21 Transferred to Division One South
17 Dunstable Town 34 5 7 22 29 75 0.387 17
18 Barry Town 34 1 7 26 22 84 0.262 9

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.

Division One South[edit]

Southern Football League
Division One South
Season 1971–72
Champions Waterlooville
Promoted Ramsgate Athletic
Waterlooville
Relegated Woodford Town
Matches played 240
Goals scored 661 (2.75 per match)

Division One South featured eight new teams:

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Waterlooville (C) (P) 30 15 9 6 40 22 1.818 39 Promotion to the 1972–73 Southern League Premier Division
2 Ramsgate Athletic (P) 30 14 11 5 42 27 1.556 39
3 Maidstone United 30 14 10 6 48 28 1.714 38
4 Crawley Town 30 15 5 10 67 55 1.218 35
5 Metropolitan Police 30 15 3 12 48 41 1.171 33
6 Tonbridge 30 12 9 9 37 34 1.088 33
7 Bexley United 30 14 4 12 52 46 1.13 32
8 Basingstoke Town 30 14 4 12 37 36 1.028 32
9 Andover 30 11 9 10 32 34 0.941 31
10 Ashford Town 30 12 4 14 43 48 0.896 28
11 Salisbury 30 10 7 13 45 44 1.023 27
12 Winchester City 30 10 7 13 40 47 0.851 27
13 Hastings United 30 10 7 13 28 42 0.667 27
14 Trowbridge Town 30 8 7 15 41 49 0.837 23
15 Canterbury City 30 7 8 15 39 56 0.696 22
16 Woodford Town (R) 30 4 6 20 22 52 0.423 14 Relegation to the Essex League

Source: [3]
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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