1975–76 Southern Football League

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The 1975–76 season was the 73rd in the history of the Southern League. It was the last Southern League season to use goal average as a tie-breaking criteria.

Premier Division[edit]

Southern Football League
Premier Division
Season 1975–76
Champions Wimbledon
Promoted None
Relegated Cambridge City
Dunstable Town
Stourbridge
Tonbridge
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1181 (2.56 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 Wimbledon (C) 42 26 10 6 74 29 2.552 62
2 Yeovil Town 42 21 12 9 68 35 1.943 54
3 Atherstone Town 42 18 15 9 56 55 1.018 51
4 Maidstone United 42 17 16 9 52 39 1.333 50
5 Nuneaton Borough 42 16 18 8 41 33 1.242 50
6 Gravesend & Northfleet 42 16 18 8 49 47 1.043 50
7 Grantham 42 15 14 13 56 47 1.191 44
8 Dunstable Town (R) 42 17 9 16 55 43 1.279 43 Relegation to the SFL Division One North
9 Bedford Town 42 13 17 12 52 51 1.02 43
10 Burton Albion 42 17 9 16 52 53 0.981 43
11 Margate 42 15 12 15 62 60 1.033 42
12 Hillingdon Borough 42 13 14 15 61 54 1.13 40
13 Telford United 42 14 12 16 54 51 1.059 40
14 Chelmsford City 42 13 14 15 52 57 0.912 40
15 Kettering Town 42 11 17 14 48 52 0.923 39
16 Bath City 42 11 16 15 62 57 1.088 38
17 Weymouth 42 13 9 20 51 67 0.761 35
18 Dover 42 8 18 16 51 60 0.85 34
19 Wealdstone 42 12 9 21 61 82 0.744 33
20 Tonbridge (R) 42 11 11 20 45 70 0.643 33 Relegation to the SFL Division One South
21 Cambridge City (R) 42 8 15 19 41 67 0.612 31 Relegation to the SFL Division One North
22 Stourbridge (R) 42 10 9 23 38 72 0.528 29

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

Club League Votes
Stockport County Football League 42
Newport County Football League 41
Southport Football League 38
Workington Football League 21
Yeovil Town Southern League 18
Kettering Town Southern League 14
Wigan Athletic Northern Premier League 6
Wimbledon Southern League 3
Chelmsford City Southern League 3
Nuneaton Borough Southern League 2
Telford United Southern League 2
Gainsborough Trinity Northern Premier League 1
Scarborough Northern Premier League 1

Division One North[edit]

Southern Football League
Division One North
Season 1975–76
Champions Redditch United
Promoted AP Leamington
Redditch United
Relegated Bury Town
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1316 (2.85 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 Redditch United (C) (P) 42 29 11 2 101 39 2.59 69 Promotion to the 1976–77 Southern League Premier Division
2 AP Leamington (P) 42 27 10 5 85 31 2.742 64
3 Witney Town 42 24 9 9 66 40 1.65 57
4 Worcester City 42 24 8 10 90 49 1.837 56
5 Cheltenham Town 42 20 10 12 87 55 1.582 50
6 Barry Town 42 19 10 13 52 47 1.106 48
7 King's Lynn 42 17 14 11 52 48 1.083 48
8 Tamworth 42 18 11 13 65 43 1.512 47
9 Barnet 42 15 12 15 56 57 0.982 42 Transferred to Division One South
10 Oswestry Town 42 16 8 18 63 71 0.887 40
11 Enderby Town 42 16 6 20 48 51 0.941 38
12 Banbury United 42 15 8 19 58 67 0.866 38
13 Merthyr Tydfil 42 11 15 16 59 67 0.881 37
14 Bromsgrove Rovers 42 13 11 18 49 65 0.754 37
15 Milton Keynes City 42 15 6 21 51 63 0.81 36
16 Bury Town (R) 42 12 11 19 52 72 0.722 35 Relegation to the Eastern Counties League
17 Gloucester City 42 13 9 20 49 78 0.628 35
18 Kidderminster Harriers 42 13 8 21 54 70 0.771 34
19 Bedworth United 42 8 18 16 41 65 0.631 34
20 Corby Town 42 11 10 21 50 65 0.769 32
21 Wellingborough Town 42 9 11 22 42 68 0.618 29
22 Stevenage Athletic 42 6 6 30 46 109 0.422 18 Club folded

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 1975–76
Champions Minehead
Promoted Dartford
Minehead
Relegated Bexley United
Ramsgate
Matches played 380
Goals scored 1169 (3.08 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 Minehead (C) (P) 38 27 8 3 102 35 2.914 62 Promotion to the 1976–77 Southern League Premier Division
2 Dartford (P) 38 26 4 8 84 46 1.826 56
3 Romford 38 21 9 8 66 37 1.784 51
4 Salisbury 38 17 11 10 73 53 1.377 45
5 Hastings United 38 15 15 8 67 51 1.314 45
6 Poole Town 38 20 2 16 57 57 1 42
7 Bexley United (R) 38 14 13 11 62 53 1.17 41 Relegation to the London Spartan League
8 Waterlooville 38 13 13 12 62 54 1.148 39
9 Basingstoke Town 38 13 12 13 69 71 0.972 38
10 Ashford Town 38 14 8 16 67 73 0.918 36
11 Canterbury City 38 11 13 14 53 60 0.883 35
12 Folkestone & Shepway 38 10 14 14 36 51 0.706 34
13 Metropolitan Police 38 9 14 15 46 58 0.793 32
14 Trowbridge Town 38 11 10 17 48 75 0.64 32
15 Guildford & Dorking United 38 9 13 16 43 50 0.86 31 Club folded
16 Bognor Regis Town 38 6 17 15 44 72 0.611 29
17 Ramsgate (R) 38 9 10 19 57 76 0.75 28 Relegation to the Kent Football League
18 Crawley Town 38 9 10 19 46 66 0.697 28
19 Andover 38 9 10 19 42 62 0.677 28
20 Dorchester Town 38 11 6 21 45 69 0.652 28

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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