1976–77 Western Football League

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Western Football League
Season 1976–77
Champions Falmouth Town (Premier Division)
Saltash United (Division One)

The 1976–77 season was the 75th in the history of the Western Football League. The league was split into two divisions for the first time since 1959–60.

The league champions for the third time in their history, and the third season in succession, were Falmouth Town. The champions of the new Division One were newcomers Saltash United.[1]

This season was the last in which goal average decided places for teams which were level on points.[1]

Final tables[edit]

Premier Division[edit]

The new Premier Division was created from the top eighteen clubs in the old single division of the previous season.

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Falmouth Town 34 26 2 6 69 24 2.87 80
2 Weston-super-Mare 34 18 12 4 57 31 1.84 66
3 Clevedon 34 18 10 6 58 31 1.87 64
4 Bridgwater Town 34 17 10 7 51 36 1.42 61
5 Barnstaple Town 34 16 9 9 64 48 1.33 57
6 Bideford 34 15 11 8 70 38 1.84 56
7 Bridport 34 16 8 10 53 35 1.51 56
8 Paulton Rovers 34 13 10 11 52 46 1.13 49
9 Taunton Town 34 14 6 14 49 46 1.06 48 Joined the Southern League
10 Dawlish 34 11 10 13 36 41 0.88 43
11 Glastonbury 34 11 8 15 56 58 0.96 41
12 Frome Town 34 10 11 13 45 52 0.86 41
13 Tiverton Town 34 11 7 16 35 61 0.57 40
14 Welton Rovers 34 9 9 16 35 46 0.76 36
15 Mangotsfield United 34 10 4 20 36 66 0.54 34
16 St Luke's College 34 7 6 21 32 61 0.52 27
17 Exeter City Reserves 34 7 3 24 36 76 0.47 23*
18 Westland-Yeovil (R) 34 4 10 20 31 69 0.45 22 Relegated to Division One

* Exeter City Reserves had one point deducted for fielding an ineligible player.

First Division[edit]

The new First Division consisted of the bottom five clubs from the previous season, plus thirteen new clubs:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Saltash United (P) 34 24 6 4 81 29 2.79 78 Promoted to the Premier Division
2 Shepton Mallet Town (P) 34 23 7 4 84 39 2.15 76
3 Keynsham Town 34 23 2 9 87 38 2.29 71
4 Melksham Town 34 20 7 7 69 36 1.92 67
5 Chippenham Town 34 17 6 11 53 43 1.23 57
6 Devizes Town 34 15 8 11 58 44 1.32 52*
7 Torquay United Reserves 34 15 3 16 61 59 1.03 48
8 Portway Bristol 34 13 9 12 57 58 0.98 48
9 Larkhall Athletic 34 13 7 14 59 69 0.85 46
10 Clandown 34 10 12 12 54 58 0.93 42
11 Yeovil Town Reserves 34 11 7 16 52 55 0.94 40
12 Brixham United 34 9 8 17 45 77 0.58 35
13 Ottery St Mary 34 8 10 16 41 61 0.67 34
14 Exmouth Town 34 9 7 18 40 68 0.59 34
15 Chard Town 34 8 9 17 43 63 0.68 33
16 Swanage Town & Herston 34 8 9 17 48 72 0.67 33
17 Ilminster Town 34 8 9 17 39 69 0.56 33
18 Heavitree United 34 4 10 20 23 56 0.41 22

* Devizes Town had one point deducted for fielding an ineligible player.

1 The system of using goal average to separate two teams tied on points was used up to and including the 1976–77 season.

2 The points system: 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for losing.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Robinson, Michael (ed.), Non-League Football Tables 1889–2006, Soccer Books, 2006