1980–81 Southern Football League

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The 1980–81 Southern Football League season saw the league split into Midland and Southern Divisions.[1] Alvechurch won the Midland Division, whilst Dartford won the Southern Division. Alvechurch were declared Southern League champions after defeating Dartford 4–3 on penalties, after the two championship play-offs had finished 3–3 on aggregate (Alvechurch won 1–0 at home and Dartford won 3–2).[2] Despite Alvechuch being champions, they were not promoted to the Alliance Premier League alongside Dartford, with fourth-placed Trowbridge Town going up in their place. There was no relegation for the second successive season, although Bognor Regis Town transferred to the Isthmian League at the end of the season.

Bedford Town won the League Cup.

Final tables[edit]

Midland Division[edit]

The Midland Division featured one new club, Redditch United, who had been relegated from the Alliance Premier League.

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Alvechurch 42 26 9 7 76 40 36 61
2 Bedford Town 42 25 11 6 63 32 31 61
3 Trowbridge Town 42 24 9 9 69 39 30 57 Promoted to the Alliance Premier League
4 Kidderminster Harriers 42 23 9 10 67 41 26 55
5 Barry Town 42 21 9 12 60 40 20 51
6 Stourbridge 42 17 16 9 75 49 26 50
7 Enderby Town 42 21 8 13 71 47 24 50
8 Cheltenham Town 42 18 12 12 70 59 11 48
9 Bromsgrove Rovers 42 19 9 14 65 50 15 47
10 Corby Town 42 19 7 16 69 58 11 45
11 Bridgend Town 42 19 7 16 74 64 10 45
12 Minehead 42 19 7 16 54 60 −6 45
13 Gloucester City 42 19 6 17 82 72 10 44
14 Merthyr Tydfil 42 15 12 15 60 50 10 42
15 Bedworth United 42 14 12 16 49 46 3 40
16 Banbury United 42 11 11 20 51 65 −14 33
17 Taunton Town 42 10 9 23 48 68 −20 29
18 Cambridge City 42 8 12 22 46 87 −41 28
19 Witney Town 42 9 9 24 44 65 −21 27
20 Wellingborough Town 42 10 7 25 43 91 −48 27
21 Redditch United 42 11 4 27 54 92 −38 26
22 Milton Keynes City 42 3 7 32 28 103 −75 13

Southern Division[edit]

There were no new clubs in the Southern Division this season.

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Dartford 46 26 14 6 76 39 37 66 Promoted to the Alliance Premier League
2 Bognor Regis Town 46 25 13 8 95 43 52 63 Transferred to the Isthmian League at end of season
3 Hastings United 46 24 14 8 87 43 44 62
4 Gosport Borough 46 24 12 10 84 52 32 60
5 Waterlooville 46 19 21 6 67 50 17 59
6 Dorchester Town 46 21 13 12 84 56 28 55
7 Dover 46 22 10 14 70 50 20 54
8 Poole Town 46 19 14 13 70 56 14 52
9 Addlestone & Weybridge 46 21 9 16 66 57 9 51
10 Dunstable 46 19 13 14 73 68 5 51
11 Aylesbury United 46 20 10 16 66 60 6 50
12 Hounslow 46 17 13 16 65 55 10 47
13 Hillingdon Borough 46 16 15 15 50 49 1 47
14 Basingstoke Town 46 16 14 16 69 58 11 46
15 Crawley Town 46 18 4 24 64 78 −14 40
16 Ashford Town 46 12 15 19 55 76 −21 39
17 Tonbridge 46 12 15 19 44 68 −24 39
18 Chelmsford City 46 13 12 21 54 78 −24 38
19 Canterbury City 46 12 13 21 40 59 −19 37
20 Salisbury 46 14 8 24 57 76 −19 36
21 Folkestone 46 11 11 24 47 65 −18 33
22 Margate 46 11 7 28 65 117 −52 29 Changed name to Thanet United at end of season
23 Fareham Town 46 5 18 23 31 73 −42 28
24 Andover 46 6 10 30 41 94 −53 22

References[edit]

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