1981–82 Southern Football League

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The 1981–82 Southern Football League season saw the league split into Midland and Southern Divisions for a third season.[1] However, league restructuring for the forthcoming season meant that the top ten in each division (minus promoted clubs) would remain at the sixth level in a new Premier Division, whilst clubs finishing lower would be relegated to the re-established Division One Midlands and Division One South.

Nuneaton Borough won the Midland Division, whilst Wealdstone won the Southern Division, both earning promotion to the Alliance Premier League, having both also been relegated from the APL the previous season. Wealdstone were declared Southern League champions after defeating Nuneaton on penalties, after the two championship play-offs had finished 3–3 on aggregate (Wealdstone won 2–1 at home and Nuneaton won 1–0).[2] They completed the double by also winning the League Cup.

At the end of the season Bedford Town folded, whilst Barry Town left to join the Welsh Football League.

Final tables[edit]

Midland Division[edit]

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

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Nuneaton Borough 42 27 11 4 88 32 56 65 Promoted to the Alliance Premier League
2 Alvechurch 42 26 10 6 79 34 45 62
3 Kidderminster Harriers 42 22 12 8 71 40 31 56
4 Stourbridge 42 21 10 11 69 47 22 52
5 Gloucester City 42 21 9 12 64 48 16 51
6 Bedworth United 42 20 10 12 59 40 19 50
7 Enderby Town 42 20 10 12 79 66 13 50
8 Witney Town 42 19 8 15 71 49 22 46
9 Barry Town 42 16 14 12 59 46 13 46 Left to join Welsh Football League
10 Corby Town 42 19 8 15 70 59 11 46
11 Merthyr Tydfil 42 16 12 14 63 54 9 44 Relegated
12 Wellingborough Town 42 15 12 15 50 45 5 42
13 Bridgend Town 42 13 13 16 50 62 −12 39
14 Bromsgrove Rovers 42 15 8 19 57 63 −6 38
15 Bedford Town 42 12 13 17 45 54 −9 37 Folded at end of season
16 Cheltenham Town 42 11 14 17 65 68 −3 36 Relegated
17 Taunton Town 42 12 8 22 46 76 −30 32
18 Banbury United 42 11 8 23 63 91 −28 30
19 Minehead 42 12 6 24 38 69 −31 30
20 Cambridge City 42 10 8 24 38 80 −42 28
21 Milton Keynes City 42 6 11 25 34 70 −36 23
22 Redditch United 42 8 5 29 37 102 −65 21

Southern Division[edit]

The Southern Division featured two new clubs:

  • Wealdstone (relegated from the Alliance Premier League)
  • Welling United (promoted from the Athenian League)
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Wealdstone 46 32 8 6 100 32 68 72 Promoted to the Alliance Premier League
2 Hastings United 46 31 9 6 79 34 45 71
3 Dorchester Town 46 21 18 7 76 41 35 60
4 Gosport Borough 46 26 8 12 76 45 31 60
5 Fareham Town 46 20 14 12 58 48 10 54
6 Poole Town 46 19 15 12 92 63 29 53
7 Waterlooville 46 22 9 15 75 53 22 53
8 Welling United 46 19 13 14 70 48 22 51
9 Addlestone & Weybridge 46 17 17 12 71 53 18 51
10 Chelmsford City 46 20 11 15 64 53 11 51
11 Aylesbury United 46 19 12 15 79 61 18 50 Relegated
12 Basingstoke Town 46 18 12 16 74 61 13 48
13 Dover 46 19 8 19 61 63 −2 46
14 Ashford Town 46 16 14 16 52 56 −4 46
15 Tonbridge 46 19 7 20 62 70 −8 45
16 Dunstable 46 18 8 20 63 68 −5 44
17 Salisbury 46 16 10 20 64 81 −17 42
18 Hounslow 46 15 11 20 59 83 −24 41
19 Hillingdon Borough 46 14 10 22 46 58 −12 38
20 Canterbury City 46 10 16 20 49 78 −29 36
21 Crawley Town 46 9 12 25 46 81 −35 30
22 Folkestone 46 10 6 30 49 101 −52 26
23 Andover 46 4 11 31 39 100 −61 19
24 Thanet United 46 5 7 34 37 110 −73 17

References[edit]

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