1978–79 Southern Football League

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The 1978–79 Southern Football League season saw Worcester City win the Premier Division title.[1] At the end of the season the Alliance Premier League was established as a new, national top division of non-League football. Thirteen clubs from the Premier Division joined the new league, leading to a restructuring of the Southern League for the 1979–80 season, in which it was divided solely into Midland and Southern Divisions.

Due to the forthcoming changes, there was no relegation or promotion between the Southern League's divisions, although the Premier Division clubs that remained in the Southern League had effectively been relegated one level, being placed in the Midland or Southern Divisions the following season. Several clubs left the Division One North at the end of the season to join the Northern Premier League, which had also lost clubs to the new Alliance Premier League, whilst Premier Division Atherstone Town folded.

Final tables[edit]

Premier Division[edit]

The Premier Division featured four new clubs, all of which had been promoted from the North and South Divisions the previous season:

  • Bridgend Town
  • Margate
  • Dorchester Town
  • Witney Town
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Worcester City 42 27 11 4 92 33 59 65 Left league to establish Alliance Premier League
2 Kettering Town 42 27 7 8 109 43 66 61
3 Telford United 42 22 10 10 60 39 21 54
4 Maidstone United 42 18 18 6 55 35 20 54
5 Bath City 42 17 19 6 59 41 18 53
6 Weymouth 42 18 15 9 71 51 20 51
7 AP Leamington 42 19 11 12 65 53 12 49
8 Redditch United 42 19 10 13 70 57 13 48
9 Yeovil Town 42 15 16 11 59 49 10 46
10 Witney Town 42 17 10 15 53 52 1 44 Transferred to Midland Division at end of season
11 Nuneaton Borough 42 13 17 12 59 50 9 43 Left league to establish Alliance Premier League
12 Gravesend & Northfleet 42 15 12 15 56 55 1 42
13 Barnet 42 16 10 16 52 64 −12 42
14 Hillingdon Borough 42 12 16 14 50 41 9 40 Transferred to Southern Division at end of season
15 Wealdstone 42 12 12 18 51 59 −8 36 Left league to establish Alliance Premier League
16 Atherstone Town 42 9 17 16 46 65 −19 35 Folded at end of season
17 Dartford 42 10 14 18 40 56 −16 34 Transferred to Southern Division at end of season
18 Cheltenham Town 42 11 10 21 38 72 −34 32 Transferred to Midland Division at end of season
19 Margate 42 10 9 23 44 75 −31 29 Transferred to Southern Division at end of season
20 Dorchester Town 42 7 11 24 46 86 −40 25 Transferred to Southern Division at end of season
21 Hastings United 42 5 13 24 37 85 −48 23 Transferred to Southern Division at end of season
22 Bridgend Town 42 6 6 30 39 90 −51 18 Transferred to Midland Division at end of season

Football League election[edit]

Runners-up Kettering Town were the only Southern League club to apply for election to the Football League. However, all four Football League clubs were re-elected.[2]

Club League Votes
Doncaster Rovers Football League Division Four 50
Crewe Alexandra Football League Division Four 49
Darlington Football League Division Four 43
Halifax Town Football League Division Four 37
Altrincham Northern Premier League 13
Kettering Town Southern League 12

Division One North[edit]

Division One North featured three new clubs:

  • Alvechurch (promoted from the West Midlands (Regional) League)
  • Bedford Town (relegated from the Premier Division)
  • Grantham (relegated from the Premier Division)
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Grantham 38 21 10 7 70 45 25 52 Left to join Northern Premier League at end of season
2 Merthyr Tydfil 38 22 7 9 90 53 37 51
3 Alvechurch 38 20 10 8 70 42 28 50
4 Bedford Town 38 19 9 10 74 49 25 47
5 King's Lynn 38 17 11 10 57 46 11 45
6 Oswestry Town 38 18 8 12 63 43 20 44 Left to join Northern Premier League at end of season
7 Gloucester City 38 18 8 12 76 59 17 44
8 Burton Albion 38 16 10 12 51 40 11 42 Left to join Northern Premier League at end of season
9 Kidderminster Harriers 38 13 14 11 70 60 10 40
10 Bedworth United 38 13 14 11 41 34 7 40
11 Tamworth 38 15 8 15 47 45 2 38 Left to join Northern Premier League at end of season
12 Stourbridge 38 15 7 16 64 61 3 37
13 Barry Town 38 14 9 15 51 53 −2 37
14 Enderby Town 38 14 8 16 46 55 −9 36
15 Banbury United 38 10 13 15 42 58 −16 33
16 Wellingborough Town 38 13 6 19 50 71 −21 32
17 Cambridge City 38 9 9 20 37 62 −25 27
18 Bromsgrove Rovers 38 6 14 18 33 61 −28 26
19 Milton Keynes City 38 7 9 22 37 87 −50 23
20 Corby Town 38 5 6 27 40 85 −45 16

Division One South[edit]

Division One South featured four new clubs:

  • Dover (relegated from the Premier Division)
  • Dunstable (transferred from the Midland Division)
  • Gosport Borough (promoted from the Hampshire League)
  • Minehead (relegated from the Premier Division)
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Dover 40 28 9 3 88 20 68 65
2 Folkestone & Shepway 40 22 6 12 84 50 34 50
3 Gosport Borough 40 19 11 10 62 47 15 49
4 Chelmsford City 40 20 7 13 65 61 4 47
5 Minehead 40 16 13 11 58 39 19 45 Transferred to Midland Division at end of season
6 Poole Town 40 15 15 10 48 44 4 45
7 Hounslow 40 16 12 12 56 45 11 44
8 Waterlooville 40 17 10 13 52 43 9 44
9 Trowbridge Town 40 15 12 13 65 61 4 42 Transferred to Midland Division at end of season
10 Aylesbury United 40 16 9 15 54 52 2 41
11 Taunton Town 40 16 9 15 53 51 2 41 Transferred to Midland Division at end of season
12 Bognor Regis Town 40 17 7 16 58 58 0 41
13 Dunstable 40 18 4 18 57 55 2 40
14 Tonbridge 40 15 10 15 43 47 −4 40
15 Salisbury 40 13 10 17 47 51 −4 36
16 Basingstoke Town 40 12 11 17 49 62 −13 35
17 Addlestone 40 12 9 19 56 64 −8 33
18 Andover 40 12 6 22 47 69 −22 30
19 Ashford Town 40 10 10 20 28 53 −25 30
20 Crawley Town 40 9 9 22 44 75 −31 27
21 Canterbury City 40 6 3 31 31 98 −67 15

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