1979–80 Southern Football League

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The 1979–80 Southern Football League season saw the league split into Midland and Southern Divisions after 13 clubs had left the previous season to establish the Alliance Premier League.[1] Bridgend Town won the Midland Division, whilst Dorchester Town won the Southern Division. Bridgend were declared Southern League champions after defeating Dorchester 3–0 at home and 2–1 away to win a championship play-off.[2] There was no promotion to the Alliance Premier League and no relegation to feeder leagues.

Final tables[edit]

Midland Division[edit]

Aside from the four clubs that had left to join the Northern Premier League, the Midland Division was largely based on Division One North from the previous season, with the addition of:

  • Bridgend Town (from the Premier Division)
  • Cheltenham Town (from the Premier Division)
  • Minehead (from the Southern League)
  • Trowbridge Town (from the Southern League)
  • Taunton Town (from the Southern League)
  • Witney Town (from the Premier Division)
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Bridgend Town 42 28 6 8 85 39 46 62
2 Minehead 42 22 15 5 70 42 28 59
3 Bedford Town 42 20 12 10 71 42 29 52
4 Kidderminster Harriers 42 23 6 13 81 59 22 52
5 Merthyr Tydfil 42 20 11 11 70 47 23 51
6 Enderby Town 42 21 8 13 62 50 12 50
7 Stourbridge 42 19 11 12 67 49 18 49
8 Alvechurch 42 17 14 11 78 60 18 48
9 Trowbridge Town 42 19 9 14 62 61 1 47
10 Bromsgrove Rovers 42 18 10 14 67 56 11 46
11 Barry Town 42 15 12 15 64 58 6 42
12 King's Lynn 42 15 11 16 48 55 −7 41 Left to join Northern Premier League at end of season
13 Banbury United 42 13 14 15 56 56 0 40
14 Taunton Town 42 16 8 18 55 62 −7 40
15 Witney Town 42 10 19 13 43 45 −2 39
16 Bedworth United 42 12 15 15 40 42 −2 39
17 Milton Keynes City 42 15 7 20 46 59 −13 37
18 Gloucester City 42 10 14 18 55 68 −13 32 Two points deducted
19 Cheltenham Town 42 13 5 24 49 70 −21 31
20 Wellingborough Town 42 9 7 26 54 106 −52 25
21 Cambridge City 42 6 9 27 30 73 −43 21
22 Corby Town 42 5 9 28 40 94 −54 19

Southern Division[edit]

Aside from the three clubs that were transferred to the Midland Division, the Southern Division was largely based on Division One South from the previous season, with the addition of:

  • Dartford (from the Premier Division)
  • Dorchester Town (from the Premier Division)
  • Hastings United (from the Premier Division)
  • Hillingdon Borough (from the Premier Division)
  • Margate (from the Premier Division)
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Dorchester Town 46 25 12 9 81 53 28 62
2 Aylesbury United 46 25 11 10 73 40 33 61
3 Dover 46 22 13 11 78 47 31 57
4 Gosport Borough 46 21 15 10 70 50 20 57
5 Dartford 46 21 14 11 66 45 21 56
6 Bognor Regis Town 46 20 15 11 66 38 28 55
7 Hillingdon Borough 46 19 16 11 64 41 23 54
8 Dunstable 46 17 19 10 93 64 29 53
9 Addlestone 46 20 13 13 72 57 15 53 Changed name to Addlestone & Weybridge at end of season
10 Hastings United 46 19 15 12 74 65 9 53
11 Fareham Town 46 16 16 14 61 53 8 48
12 Waterlooville 46 17 12 17 67 64 3 46
13 Andover 46 16 13 17 65 65 0 45
14 Poole Town 46 16 13 17 49 64 −15 45
15 Canterbury City 46 15 14 17 56 60 −4 44
16 Hounslow 46 14 15 17 44 57 −13 43
17 Margate 46 17 8 21 51 62 −11 42
18 Folkestone & Shepway 46 14 11 21 54 63 −9 39 Changed name to Folkestone at end of season
19 Ashford Town 46 12 14 20 54 71 −17 38
20 Crawley Town 46 13 11 22 55 72 −17 37
21 Chelmsford City 46 9 18 19 47 69 −22 36
22 Basingstoke Town 46 9 15 22 48 79 −31 33
23 Salisbury 46 10 12 24 47 58 −11 32
24 Tonbridge 46 3 9 34 30 128 −98 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ England – Southern League Final Tables RSSSF
  2. ^ Bridgend Town at the Football Club History Database