1977–78 Western Football League

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Western Football League
Season 1977–78
Champions Falmouth Town (Premier Division)
Keynsham Town (Division One)

The 1977–78 season was the 76th in the history of the Western Football League.

The league champions for the fourth time in their history, and the fourth season in succession, were Falmouth Town. They became the first club to win the Western League four times in a row. The champions of Division One were Keynsham Town.[1]

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

Final tables[edit]

Premier Division[edit]

The Premier Division remained at eighteen clubs after Taunton Town left to join the Southern League, and Westland-Yeovil were relegated to the First Division. Two clubs joined:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GDiff1 Pts2 Notes
1 Falmouth Town 34 26 5 3 98 30 +68 83
2 Bideford 34 25 8 1 86 25 +61 83
3 Barnstaple Town 34 18 10 6 75 37 +38 64
4 Saltash United 34 17 7 10 66 53 +13 58
5 Bridport 34 14 13 7 44 21 +23 55
6 Clevedon Town 34 16 9 9 62 41 +21 55*
7 Frome Town 34 14 8 12 43 39 +4 50
8 Paulton Rovers 34 15 5 14 55 52 +3 50
9 Weston-super-Mare 34 14 8 12 44 48 –4 50
10 Exeter City Reserves 34 11 13 10 48 41 +7 46
11 Bridgwater Town 34 12 9 13 52 56 –4 45
12 Tiverton Town 34 8 10 16 47 61 –14 34
13 Shepton Mallet Town 34 9 6 19 52 93 –41 33
14 Glastonbury 34 9 5 20 46 77 –31 32
15 Mangotsfield United 34 7 10 17 50 75 –25 31
16 Welton Rovers 34 8 6 20 34 68 –34 30
17 Dawlish 34 6 10 18 39 67 –28 28
18 St Luke's College 34 1 10 23 20 78 –58 13 Disbanded at the end of the season

* Clevedon Town had two points deducted for fielding an ineligible player.

First Division[edit]

The First Division was increased from eighteen to nineteen clubs, after Saltash United and Shepton Mallet Town were promoted to the Premier Division. Three clubs joined:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GDiff1 Pts2 Notes
1 Keynsham Town (P) 36 23 10 3 77 22 +55 79 Promoted to the Premier Division
2 Clandown (P) 36 22 4 10 77 36 +41 70
3 Ilminster Town (P) 36 21 6 9 69 47 +22 69
4 Bristol Manor Farm 36 20 5 11 67 38 +29 65
5 Devizes Town 36 20 5 11 73 52 +21 65
6 Torquay United Reserves 36 18 5 13 69 53 +16 59
7 Portway Bristol 36 17 8 11 57 42 +15 59
8 Melksham Town 36 17 7 12 76 60 +16 58
9 Ottery St Mary 36 16 7 13 55 55 0 55
10 Larkhall Athletic 36 15 8 13 58 66 –8 53
11 Exmouth Town 36 13 7 16 41 55 –14 46
12 Brixham United 36 11 9 16 61 79 –18 41*
13 Chard Town 36 12 5 19 56 81 –25 41
14 Westland-Yeovil 36 8 12 16 40 52 –12 36
15 Odd Down 36 9 9 18 52 75 –23 36
16 Yeovil Town Reserves 36 9 8 19 52 65 –13 35
17 Heavitree United 36 9 5 22 32 64 –32 32
18 Swanage Town & Herston 36 6 11 19 48 85 –37 29
19 Chippenham Town 36 8 4 24 40 74 –34 28

* Brixham United had one point deducted for fielding an ineligible player.

1 The system of using goal difference to separate two teams tied on points was used for the first time this season.

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

3 The tables as published at the time contained errors, hence the totals do not balance in some columns.[1]

References[edit]

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