1978–79 Western Football League

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Western Football League
Season 1978–79
Champions Frome Town (Premier Division)
A.F.C. Bournemouth Reserves (Division One)

The 1978–79 season was the 77th in the history of the Western Football League.

The league champions for the first time in their history were Frome Town. The champions of Division One were newcomers A.F.C. Bournemouth Reserves.[1]

Final tables[edit]

Premier Division[edit]

The Premier Division was increased from eighteen clubs to twenty after St Luke's College disbanded, and three clubs joined:

  • Mangotsfield United were officially known as Mangotsfield PF for this season only, for sponsorship reasons.[2]
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GDiff1 Pts2 Notes
1 Frome Town 38 21 12 5 60 29 +31 75
2 Bideford 38 22 8 8 76 39 +37 74
3 Saltash United 38 19 10 9 65 39 +26 67
4 Barnstaple Town 38 18 10 10 65 35 +30 64
5 Tiverton Town 38 17 9 12 71 60 +11 60
6 Clandown 38 16 11 11 58 49 +9 59
7 Weston-super-Mare 38 14 15 9 65 48 +17 57
8 Falmouth Town 38 15 9 14 51 47 +4 54
9 Paulton Rovers 38 15 9 14 40 48 –8 54
10 Bridport 38 13 13 12 54 50 +4 52
11 Bridgwater Town 38 14 9 15 57 53 +4 51
12 Keynsham Town 38 13 12 13 47 57 –10 51
13 Mangotsfield PF 38 15 2 21 53 64 –11 47
14 Ilminster Town 38 11 12 15 45 55 –10 45
15 Welton Rovers 38 11 8 19 44 59 –15 41
16 Exeter City Reserves 38 12 5 21 48 75 –27 41
17 Clevedon Town 38 11 7 20 50 64 –14 40
18 Dawlish 38 10 10 18 43 61 –18 40
19 Shepton Mallet Town (R) 38 10 10 18 48 74 –26 40 Relegated to Division One
20 Glastonbury (R) 38 8 9 21 42 76 –34 33

First Division[edit]

The First Division remained at nineteen clubs after Clandown, Ilminster Town and Keynsham Town were promoted to the Premier Division. Three new clubs joined:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GDiff1 Pts2 Notes
1 A.F.C. Bournemouth Reserves (P) 36 25 6 5 101 41 +60 81 Promoted to the Premier Division
2 Portway Bristol (P) 36 23 5 8 81 43 +38 74
3 Bristol Manor Farm 36 20 5 11 59 47 +12 65
4 Chippenham Town 36 19 7 10 56 43 +13 64
5 Torquay United Reserves 36 20 4 12 82 47 +35 62‡
6 Melksham Town 36 18 4 14 58 57 +1 58
7 Devizes Town 36 16 9 11 71 54 +17 57
8 Wellington 36 18 3 15 48 46 +2 57
9 Chard Town 36 15 6 15 57 58 –1 51
10 Brixham United 36 15 5 16 55 61 –6 50
11 Elmore 36 15 3 18 48 65 –17 48
12 Ottery St Mary 36 13 5 18 51 60 –9 43*
13 Larkhall Athletic 36 12 6 18 52 56 –4 42
14 Westland-Yeovil 36 11 9 16 43 53 –10 42
15 Heavitree United 36 12 5 19 39 61 –22 41
16 Swanage Town & Herston 36 11 6 19 51 60 –9 39
17 Odd Down 36 10 5 21 38 71 –33 35
18 Exmouth Town 36 8 9 19 41 72 –31 33
19 Yeovil Town Reserves 36 5 10 21 30 65 –35 24*

‡ Torquay United Reserves had two points deducted for fielding ineligible players.

* Ottery St Mary and Yeovil Town Reserves each had one point deducted for fielding ineligible players.

1 The system of using goal difference to separate two teams tied on points was used.

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 Robinson, Michael (ed.), Non-League Football Tables 1889–2006, Soccer Books, 2006
  2. ^ "Mangotsfield United at FCHD". FCHD. Retrieved 21 November 2012.