1974–75 Southern Football League

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The 1974–75 season was the 72nd in the history of the Southern League.

Premier Division[edit]

Southern Football League
Premier Division
Season 1974–75
Champions Wimbledon
Promoted None
Relegated Barnet
Dartford
Hillingdon Borough
Romford
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1233 (2.67 per match)

The Premier Division featured four new teams:

  • Bath City, promoted as runners-up of in Division One South
  • Burton Albion, promoted as runners-up of Division One North
  • Stourbridge, promoted as champions of Division One North
  • Wealdstone, promoted as champions of Division One South

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Wimbledon (C) 42 25 7 10 63 33 1.909 57
2 Nuneaton Borough 42 23 8 11 56 37 1.514 54
3 Yeovil Town 42 21 9 12 64 34 1.882 51
4 Kettering Town 42 20 10 12 73 41 1.78 50
5 Burton Albion 42 18 13 11 54 48 1.125 49
6 Bath City 42 20 8 14 63 50 1.26 48
7 Margate 42 17 12 13 64 64 1 46
8 Wealdstone 42 17 11 14 62 61 1.016 45
9 Telford United 42 16 13 13 55 56 0.982 45
10 Chelmsford City 42 16 12 14 62 51 1.216 44
11 Grantham 42 16 11 15 70 62 1.129 43
12 Dover 42 15 13 14 43 53 0.811 43
13 Maidstone United 42 15 12 15 52 50 1.04 42
14 Atherstone Town 42 14 14 14 48 53 0.906 42
15 Weymouth 42 13 13 16 66 58 1.138 39
16 Stourbridge 42 13 12 17 56 70 0.8 38
17 Cambridge City 42 11 14 17 51 56 0.911 36
18 Tonbridge 42 11 12 19 44 66 0.667 34
19 Romford (R) 42 10 13 19 46 62 0.742 33 Relegation to the SFL Division One South
20 Dartford (R) 42 9 13 20 52 70 0.743 31
21 Barnet (R) 42 10 9 23 44 76 0.579 29 Relegation to the SFL Division One North
22 Guildford & Dorking United (R) 42 10 5 27 45 82 0.549 25 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. All the League clubs were re-elected.[1]

Club League Votes
Swansea City Football League 43
Scunthorpe United Football League 41
Darlington Football League 32
Workington Football League 28
Kettering Town Southern League 20
Yeovil Town Southern League 8
Wimbledon Southern League 4
Bedford Town Southern League 2
Goole Town Northern Premier League 2
Scarborough Northern Premier League 2
Gainsborough Trinity Northern Premier League 1
Nuneaton Borough Southern League 1
Telford United Southern League 1
Weymouth Southern League 1
Boston United Northern Premier League 0
Chelmsford City Southern League 0

Division One North[edit]

Southern Football League
Division One North
Season 1974–75
Champions Bedford Town
Promoted Burton Albion
Stourbridge
Relegated None
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1383 (2.99 per match)

Division One featured two new teams:

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Bedford Town (C) (P) 42 28 9 5 85 33 2.576 65 Promotion to the 1975–76 Southern League Premier Division
2 Dunstable Town (P) 42 25 8 9 105 61 1.721 58
3 AP Leamington 42 25 7 10 68 48 1.417 57
4 Redditch United 42 22 12 8 76 40 1.9 56
5 Worcester City 42 24 8 10 84 50 1.68 56
6 Cheltenham Town 42 21 9 12 72 53 1.358 51
7 Tamworth 42 21 8 13 74 53 1.396 50
8 King's Lynn 42 19 10 13 71 64 1.109 48
9 Enderby Town 42 17 12 13 61 48 1.271 46
10 Banbury United 42 18 10 14 52 51 1.02 46
11 Stevenage Athletic 42 16 13 13 62 48 1.292 45
12 Bromsgrove Rovers 42 18 9 15 63 52 1.212 45
13 Merthyr Tydfil 42 11 15 16 53 64 0.828 37
14 Witney Town 42 16 4 22 57 76 0.75 36
15 Corby Town 42 11 13 18 60 57 1.053 35
16 Kidderminster Harriers 42 12 11 19 50 66 0.758 35
17 Gloucester City 42 13 8 21 55 75 0.733 34
18 Wellingborough Town 42 9 13 20 42 61 0.689 31
19 Barry Town 42 10 10 22 49 73 0.671 30
20 Bedworth United 42 9 9 24 60 91 0.659 27
21 Milton Keynes City 42 7 5 30 48 100 0.48 19
22 Bury Town 42 5 7 30 36 119 0.303 17

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 1974–75
Champions Gravesend & Northfleet
Promoted Gravesend & Northfleet
Hillingdon Borough
Relegated Bideford
Matches played 380
Goals scored 1127 (2.97 per match)

Division One South featured two new teams:

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Gravesend & Northfleet (C) (P) 38 24 12 2 70 30 2.333 60 Promotion to the 1975–76 Southern League Premier Division
2 Hillingdon Borough (P) 38 22 8 8 87 45 1.933 52
3 Minehead 38 21 9 8 74 33 2.242 51
4 Ramsgate 38 19 11 8 70 37 1.892 49
5 Bexley United 38 19 7 12 61 44 1.386 45
6 Waterlooville 38 17 11 10 67 49 1.367 45
7 Ashford Town 38 16 12 10 64 55 1.164 44
8 Basingstoke Town 38 16 11 11 64 50 1.28 43
9 Canterbury City 38 16 9 13 54 43 1.256 41
10 Hastings United 38 13 14 11 54 45 1.2 40
11 Poole Town 38 11 13 14 40 60 0.667 35
12 Metropolitan Police 38 11 13 14 54 66 0.818 35
13 Folkestone & Shepway 38 10 14 14 53 57 0.93 34
14 Andover 38 12 8 18 52 71 0.732 32
15 Bognor Regis Town 38 10 11 17 49 64 0.766 31
16 Salisbury 38 9 11 18 45 66 0.682 29
17 Trowbridge Town 38 10 9 19 48 76 0.632 29
18 Bideford (R) 38 10 8 20 40 71 0.563 28 Relegation to the Western Football League
19 Dorchester Town 38 8 10 20 40 63 0.635 26
20 Crawley Town 38 3 5 30 31 102 0.304 11

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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