1972–73 Southern Football League

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The 1972–73 season was the 70th in the history of the Southern League.

Premier Division[edit]

Southern Football League
Premier Division
Season 1972–73
Champions Kettering Town
Promoted None
Relegated Burton Albion
Poole Town
Ramsgate
Waterlooville
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1236 (2.68 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 Kettering Town (C) 42 20 17 5 74 44 1.682 57
2 Yeovil Town 42 21 14 7 67 31 2.161 56
3 Dover 42 23 9 10 61 38 1.605 55
4 Chelmsford City 42 23 7 12 75 43 1.744 53
5 Worcester City 42 20 13 9 68 47 1.447 53
6 Weymouth 42 20 12 10 72 51 1.412 52
7 Margate 42 17 15 10 80 60 1.333 49
8 Bedford Town 42 16 15 11 43 36 1.194 47
9 Nuneaton Borough 42 16 14 12 51 41 1.244 46
10 Telford United 42 12 20 10 57 47 1.213 44
11 Cambridge City 42 14 15 13 64 53 1.208 43
12 Wimbledon 42 14 14 14 50 50 1 42
13 Barnet 42 15 11 16 60 59 1.017 41
14 Romford 42 17 5 20 51 65 0.785 39
15 Hillingdon Borough 42 16 6 20 53 59 0.898 38
16 Dartford 42 12 11 19 49 63 0.778 35
17 Folkestone 42 11 11 20 41 72 0.569 33
18 Guildford City 42 10 11 21 59 84 0.702 31
19 Ramsgate (R) 42 9 13 20 35 61 0.574 31 Relegation to SFL Division One South
20 Poole Town (R) 42 10 10 22 50 88 0.568 30
21 Burton Albion (R) 42 9 7 26 43 81 0.531 25 Relegation to SFL Division One North
22 Waterlooville (R) 42 4 16 22 33 63 0.524 24 Relegation to 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 10 non-League clubs applied for election, eight of which were Southern League clubs. All the League clubs were re-elected.[1]

Club League Votes
Colchester United Football League 48
Northampton Town Football League 43
Crewe Alexandra Football League 36
Darlington Football League 26
Yeovil Town Southern League 14
Kettering Town Southern League 12
Wigan Athletic Northern Premier League 10
Chelmsford City Southern League 4
Cambridge City Southern League 1
Nuneaton Borough Southern League 1
Telford United Southern League 1
Bedford Town Southern League 0
Boston United Northern Premier League 0
Wimbledon Southern League 0

Division One North[edit]

Southern Football League
Division One North
Season 1972–73
Champions Grantham
Promoted Atherstone Town
Grantham
Relegated Ilkeston Town
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1298 (2.81 per match)

Division One featured nine new teams:

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Grantham (C) (P) 42 29 8 5 113 41 2.756 66 Promotion to 1973–74 Southern League Premier Division
2 Atherstone Town (P) 42 23 11 8 82 48 1.708 57
3 Cheltenham Town 42 24 8 10 87 47 1.851 56
4 Rugby Town 42 20 10 12 60 47 1.277 50 Club folded
5 Kidderminster Harriers 42 19 12 11 67 56 1.196 50
6 Merthyr Tydfil 42 17 12 13 51 40 1.275 46
7 Corby Town 42 14 16 12 62 56 1.107 44
8 Stourbridge 42 16 11 15 70 64 1.094 43
9 Gloucester City 42 18 7 17 55 64 0.859 43
10 Bromsgrove Rovers 42 17 8 17 63 54 1.167 42
11 Redditch United 42 18 6 18 58 59 0.983 42
12 Banbury United 42 18 5 19 60 53 1.132 41
13 Wellingborough Town 42 17 7 18 58 71 0.817 41
14 King's Lynn 42 14 12 16 48 49 0.98 40
15 Lockheed Leamington 42 13 12 17 51 58 0.879 38
16 Enderby Town 42 12 14 16 50 61 0.82 38
17 Stevenage Athletic 42 12 13 17 50 63 0.794 37
18 Tamworth 42 14 8 20 45 65 0.692 36
19 Bury Town 42 13 9 20 52 69 0.754 35
20 Barry Town 42 11 10 21 39 71 0.549 32
21 Ilkeston Town (R) 42 9 6 27 35 68 0.515 24 Relegation to Midland League
22 Bedworth United 42 10 3 29 42 94 0.447 23

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 1972–73
Champions Maidstone United
Promoted Maidstone United
Tonbridge
Relegated Winchester City
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1347 (2.92 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 Maidstone United (C) (P) 42 25 12 5 90 38 2.368 62 Promotion to 1973–74 Southern League Premier Division
2 Tonbridge (P) 42 26 7 9 70 44 1.591 59
3 Ashford Town 42 24 7 11 90 40 2.25 55
4 Bideford 42 19 14 9 70 43 1.628 52
5 Minehead 42 20 12 10 65 47 1.383 52
6 Gravesend & Northfleet 42 22 7 13 81 55 1.473 51
7 Bath City 42 18 11 13 56 54 1.037 47
8 Wealdstone 42 16 12 14 81 61 1.328 44
9 Bletchley Town 42 14 13 15 54 51 1.059 41 Transferred to Division One North
10 Hastings United 42 14 13 15 53 53 1 41
11 Andover 42 15 11 16 62 70 0.886 41
12 Canterbury City 42 14 12 16 51 59 0.864 40
13 Basingstoke Town 42 14 12 16 48 57 0.842 40
14 Crawley Town 42 14 11 17 59 76 0.776 39
15 Metropolitan Police 42 15 8 19 82 75 1.093 38
16 Bexley United 42 12 14 16 54 64 0.844 38
17 Trowbridge Town 42 15 8 19 65 77 0.844 38
18 Salisbury 42 14 10 18 49 60 0.817 38
19 Bognor Regis Town 42 12 9 21 41 66 0.621 33
20 Dorchester Town 42 10 12 20 47 73 0.644 32
21 Winchester City (R) 42 7 11 24 41 79 0.519 25 Relegation to Hampshire League
22 Dunstable Town 42 4 10 28 38 105 0.362 18 Transferred to Division One North

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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