1973–74 Southern Football League

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The 1973–74 season was the 71st in the history of the Southern League.

Premier Division[edit]

Southern Football League
Premier Division
Season 1973–74
Champions Dartford
Promoted None
Relegated Bedford Town
Folkestone
Hillingdon Borough
Worcester City
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1149 (2.49 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 Dartford (C) 42 22 13 7 67 37 1.811 57
2 Grantham 42 18 13 11 70 49 1.429 49
3 Chelmsford City 42 19 10 13 62 49 1.265 48
4 Kettering Town 42 16 16 10 62 51 1.216 48
5 Maidstone United 42 16 14 12 54 43 1.256 46
6 Yeovil Town 42 13 20 9 45 39 1.154 46
7 Weymouth 42 19 7 16 60 41 1.463 45
8 Barnet 42 18 9 15 55 46 1.196 45
9 Nuneaton Borough 42 13 19 10 54 47 1.149 45
10 Cambridge City 42 15 12 15 45 54 0.833 42
11 Atherstone Town 42 16 9 17 61 59 1.034 41
12 Wimbledon 42 15 11 16 50 56 0.893 41
13 Telford United 42 12 16 14 51 57 0.895 40
14 Dover 42 11 17 14 41 46 0.891 39
15 Tonbridge 42 12 15 15 38 45 0.844 39
16 Romford 42 11 17 14 39 52 0.75 39
17 Margate 42 15 8 19 56 63 0.889 38
18 Guildford City 42 13 11 18 48 67 0.716 37
19 Worcester City (R) 42 11 14 17 53 67 0.791 36 Relegation to SFL Division One North
20 Bedford Town (R) 42 11 14 17 38 51 0.745 36
21 Folkestone (R) 42 11 12 19 56 65 0.862 34 Relegation to SFL Division One South
22 Hillingdon Borough (R) 42 9 15 18 44 65 0.677 33

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 seven non-League clubs applied for election, six of which were Southern League clubs. All the League clubs were re-elected.[1]

Club League Votes
Doncaster Rovers Football League 46
Stockport County Football League 38
Crewe Alexandra Football League 37
Workington Football League 21
Kettering Town Southern League 16
Yeovil Town Southern League 14
Wigan Athletic Northern Premier League 10
Chelmsford City Southern League 8
Nuneaton Borough Southern League 1
Telford United Southern League 1
Cambridge City Southern League 0

Division One North[edit]

Southern Football League
Division One North
Season 1973–74
Champions Stourbridge
Promoted Burton Albion
Stourbridge
Relegated None
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1332 (2.88 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 Stourbridge (C) (P) 42 29 11 2 103 36 2.861 69 Promotion to 1974–75 Southern League Premier Division
2 Burton Albion (P) 42 27 9 6 88 32 2.75 63
3 Cheltenham Town 42 24 8 10 75 51 1.471 56
4 AP Leamington 42 21 12 9 82 45 1.822 54
5 Enderby Town 42 19 14 9 60 36 1.667 52
6 Witney Town 42 20 10 12 69 55 1.255 50
7 Stevenage Athletic 42 19 11 12 65 46 1.413 49
8 Banbury United 42 19 11 12 69 57 1.211 49
9 King's Lynn 42 19 10 13 65 50 1.3 48
10 Kidderminster Harriers 42 15 14 13 67 53 1.264 44
11 Merthyr Tydfil 42 16 12 14 70 61 1.148 44
12 Redditch United 42 14 11 17 56 73 0.767 39
13 Bromsgrove Rovers 42 14 10 18 54 61 0.885 38
14 Bedworth United 42 14 10 18 50 77 0.649 38
15 Tamworth 42 13 11 18 42 51 0.824 37
16 Corby Town 42 12 11 19 40 57 0.702 35
17 Bletchley Town 42 10 15 17 47 71 0.662 35
18 Barry Town 42 10 8 24 53 85 0.624 28
19 Bury Town 42 10 6 26 57 84 0.679 26
20 Gloucester City 42 10 6 26 52 81 0.642 26
21 Wellingborough Town 42 7 9 26 42 87 0.483 23
22 Dunstable Town 42 5 11 26 26 83 0.313 21

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 1973–74
Champions Wealdstone
Promoted Bath City
Wealdstone
Relegated None
Matches played 380
Goals scored 996 (2.62 per match)

Division One South featured three new teams:

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Wealdstone (C) (P) 38 26 7 5 75 35 2.143 59 Promotion to 1974–75 Southern League Premier Division
2 Bath City (P) 38 20 8 10 55 34 1.618 48
3 Waterlooville 38 16 15 7 55 38 1.447 47
4 Minehead 38 16 15 7 69 52 1.327 47
5 Bideford 38 17 12 9 61 51 1.196 46
6 Poole Town 38 18 9 11 67 47 1.426 45
7 Bexley United 38 18 7 13 50 42 1.19 43
8 Hastings United 38 16 9 13 45 36 1.25 41
9 Basingstoke Town 38 14 11 13 55 44 1.25 39
10 Gravesend & Northfleet 38 13 13 12 58 52 1.115 39
11 Bognor Regis Town 38 13 12 13 48 54 0.889 38
12 Ashford Town 38 14 8 16 41 42 0.976 36
13 Ramsgate 38 13 9 16 46 44 1.045 35
14 Dorchester Town 38 10 13 15 40 48 0.833 33
15 Canterbury City 38 9 12 17 37 46 0.804 30
16 Trowbridge Town 38 8 14 16 44 61 0.721 30
17 Salisbury 38 10 9 19 40 60 0.667 29
18 Metropolitan Police 38 9 11 18 37 61 0.607 29
19 Andover 38 11 3 24 38 70 0.543 25
20 Crawley Town 38 6 9 23 35 79 0.443 21

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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