1977–78 Southern Football League

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The 1977–78 Southern Football League season saw Bath City win the Premier Division.[1] Minehead, Dover, Bedford Town and Grantham were relegated from the Premier Division, whilst Witney Town, Margate, Bridgend Town and Dorchester Town were all promoted to the Premier Division, the former two as champions. Romford folded at the end of the season.

Tables[edit]

Premier Division[edit]

The Premier Division featured four new clubs:

  • Barnet (promoted from Division One South)
  • Cheltenham Town (promoted from the Division One North)
  • Hastings United (promoted from Division One South)
  • Worcester City (promoted from the Division One North)
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Bath City 42 22 18 2 83 32 51 62
2 Weymouth 42 21 16 5 64 36 28 58
3 Maidstone United 42 20 11 11 59 41 18 51
4 Worcester City 42 20 11 11 67 50 17 51
5 Gravesend & Northfleet 42 19 11 12 57 42 15 49
6 Kettering Town 42 18 11 13 58 48 10 47
7 Barnet 42 18 11 13 63 58 5 47
8 Wealdstone 42 16 14 12 54 48 6 46
9 Telford United 42 17 11 14 52 45 7 45
10 Nuneaton Borough 42 15 14 13 38 36 2 44
11 Dartford 42 14 15 13 57 65 −8 43
12 Yeovil Town 42 14 14 14 57 49 8 42
13 Hastings United 42 15 9 18 49 60 −11 39
14 Cheltenham Town 42 12 14 16 43 52 −9 38
15 Hillingdon Borough 42 13 9 20 45 54 −9 35
16 Atherstone Town 42 10 15 17 41 56 −15 35
17 Redditch United 42 15 5 22 40 55 −15 35
18 AP Leamington 42 11 13 18 34 57 −23 35
19 Minehead 42 11 12 19 43 48 −5 34 Relegated to Division One
20 Dover 42 9 13 20 41 63 −22 31
21 Bedford Town 42 8 13 21 51 75 −24 29
22 Grantham 42 11 6 25 40 66 −26 28

Football League elections[edit]

At the end of the season, the bottom four of the Football League had to be re-elected to retain their place, with one club from each of the Southern League and Northern Premier League also on the ballot. Champions Bath City participated in the vote, but finished bottom. NPL club Wigan Athletic were elected to the League after beating Southport in a second round of voting.[2]

Club League First round votes Second round votes
York City Football League Division Four 49
Rochdale Football League Division Four 39
Hartepool United Football League Division Four 37
Wigan Athletic Northern Premier League 27 29
Southport Football League Division Four 21 20
Bath City Southern League 23

Division One North[edit]

Division One North featured three new clubs, all of which had been relegated from the Premier Division the previous season:

  • Bridgend Town (elected from the Welsh Football League
  • Burton Albion (relegated from the Premier Division)
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Witney Town 38 20 15 3 54 27 27 55 Promoted to the Premier Division
2 Bridgend Town 38 20 9 9 59 45 14 49
3 Burton Albion 38 17 11 10 48 32 16 45
4 Enderby Town 38 17 10 11 59 44 15 44
5 Bromsgrove Rovers 38 16 12 10 56 41 15 44
6 Banbury United 38 17 10 11 52 47 5 44
7 Kidderminster Harriers 38 16 11 11 58 41 17 43
8 Merthyr Tydfil 38 18 6 14 85 62 23 42
9 Cambridge City 38 14 12 12 56 45 11 40
10 Barry Town 38 14 11 13 58 48 10 39
11 Wellingborough Town 38 11 15 12 47 43 4 37
12 King's Lynn 38 12 13 13 55 55 0 37
13 Gloucester City 38 14 8 16 68 75 −7 36
14 Corby Town 38 9 17 12 46 48 −2 35
15 Dunstable 38 11 13 14 49 59 −10 35 Transferred to Division One South at end of season
16 Stourbridge 38 9 15 14 52 53 −1 33
17 Tamworth 38 10 11 17 37 48 −11 31
18 Bedworth United 38 8 14 16 36 58 −22 30
19 Milton Keynes City 38 5 11 22 26 74 −48 21
20 Oswestry Town 38 6 8 24 29 85 −56 20

Division One South[edit]

Division One South featured five new clubs:

  • Addlestone (promoted from the Athenian League)
  • Chelmsford City (relegated from the Premier Division)
  • Hounslow (promoted from the Athenian League)
  • Margate (relegated from the Premier Division)
  • Taunton Town (promoted from the Western League)
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Margate 38 24 10 4 92 32 60 58 Promoted to Premier Division
2 Dorchester Town 38 23 10 5 67 31 36 56
3 Salisbury 38 21 10 7 60 27 33 52
4 Waterlooville 38 19 13 6 66 36 30 51
5 Romford 38 17 15 6 58 37 21 49 Folded at end of season
6 Aylesbury United 38 20 7 11 56 42 14 47
7 Trowbridge Town 38 16 11 11 65 59 6 43
8 Chelmsford City 38 15 11 12 58 46 12 41
9 Folkestone & Shepway 38 16 9 13 64 56 8 41
10 Taunton Town 38 15 10 13 57 54 3 40
11 Addlestone 38 14 10 14 57 60 −3 38
12 Crawley Town 38 14 9 15 61 60 1 37
13 Basingstoke Town 38 11 11 16 44 50 −6 33
14 Tonbridge 38 13 5 20 64 77 −13 31
15 Ashford Town 38 9 13 16 39 60 −21 31
16 Hounslow 38 10 10 18 43 62 −19 30
17 Bognor Regis Town 38 9 8 21 52 69 −17 26
18 Poole Town 38 8 10 20 43 68 −25 26
19 Andover 38 4 12 22 30 68 −38 20
20 Canterbury City 38 2 6 30 31 113 −82 10

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