1982–83 Southern Football League

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The 1982–83 season was the 80th in the history of the Southern League. This season saw the reintroduction of the Premier Division.

Premier Division[edit]

Southern Football League
Premier Division
Season 1982–83
Champions AP Leamington
Promoted Kidderminster Harriers
Relegated Addlestone & Weybridge Town
Enderby Town
Poole Town
Waterlooville
Matches played 380
Goals scored 1105 (2.91 per match)

The Premier Division was reformed and included the 2nd–10th teams from the previous season's Southern and Midland Divisions. It also featured three new teams:

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 AP Leamington (C) 38 25 4 9 78 50 +28 79
2 Kidderminster Harriers (P) 38 23 7 8 69 40 +29 76 Promotion to the 1983–84 Alliance Premier League
3 Welling United 38 21 6 11 63 40 +23 69
4 Chelmsford City 38 16 11 11 57 40 +17 59
5 Bedworth United 38 16 11 11 47 39 +8 59
6 Dartford 38 16 8 14 48 38 +10 56
7 Gosport Borough 38 14 13 11 47 43 +4 55
8 Fareham Town 38 16 7 15 73 82 −9 55
9 Dorchester Town 38 14 12 12 52 50 +2 54
10 Gravesend & Northfleet 38 14 12 12 49 50 −1 54
11 Gloucester City 38 13 12 13 61 57 +4 51
12 Witney Town 38 12 13 13 60 48 +12 047*
13 Alvechurch 38 13 8 17 60 66 −6 47
14 Stourbridge 38 12 11 15 48 54 −6 47
15 Corby Town 38 12 11 15 58 67 −9 47
16 Hastings United 38 11 11 16 48 61 −13 44
17 Enderby Town (R) 38 11 9 18 44 62 −18 42 Relegation to the SFL Midland Division
18 Waterlooville (R) 38 10 9 19 62 83 −21 39 Relegation to the SFL Southern Division
19 Poole Town (R) 38 9 9 20 57 73 −16 36
20 Addlestone & Weybridge Town (R) 38 5 10 23 24 62 −38 25

Source: [1]
*Witney Town deducted two points.
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Midland Division[edit]

Southern Football League
Midland Division
Season 1982–83
Champions Cheltenham Town
Promoted Cheltenham Town
Sutton Coldfield Town
Relegated Minehead
Taunton Town
Matches played 272
Goals scored 832 (3.06 per match)

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Cheltenham Town (C) (P) 32 22 5 5 65 29 +36 71 Promotion to the 1983–83 Southern League Premier Division
2 Sutton Coldfield Town (P) 32 21 7 4 62 24 +38 70
3 Forest Green Rovers 32 21 3 8 68 32 +36 66
4 Merthyr Tydfil 32 17 7 8 64 45 +19 58
5 Willenhall Town 32 17 6 9 74 49 +25 57
6 Oldbury United 32 16 6 10 52 49 +3 54
7 Banbury United 32 15 3 14 59 55 +4 48
8 Bridgend Town 32 12 11 9 46 37 +9 47 Transferred to Welsh Football League
9 Wellingborough Town 32 13 7 12 49 37 +12 46
10 Bromsgrove Rovers 32 13 5 14 47 47 0 44
11 Dudley Town 42 12 7 23 40 45 −5 43
12 Bridgwater Town 32 12 6 14 42 43 −1 42
13 Aylesbury United 32 12 5 15 37 51 −14 41
14 Redditch United 32 8 6 18 51 73 −22 30
15 Taunton Town (R) 32 5 7 20 30 64 −34 22 Relegation to the Western Football League
16 Minehead (R) 32 5 7 20 24 62 −38 22
17 Milton Keynes City 32 0 4 28 22 90 −68 4 Club folded

Source: [2]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Southern Division[edit]

Southern Football League
Southern Division
Season 1982–83
Champions Fisher Athletic
Promoted Fisher Athletic
Folkestone
Relegated None
Matches played 306
Goals scored 878 (2.87 per match)

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Fisher Athletic (C) (P) 34 23 5 6 79 34 +45 74 Promotion to the 1983–84 Southern League Premier Division
2 Folkestone (P) 34 22 6 6 79 41 +38 72
3 Road-Sea Southampton 34 21 7 6 66 30 +36 70
4 Dunstable 34 19 5 10 57 39 +18 62
5 Hillingdon Borough 34 14 11 9 41 30 +11 53
6 Salisbury 34 14 10 10 58 49 +9 52
7 Crawley Town 34 14 9 11 51 43 +8 51
8 Ashford Town 34 13 10 11 51 41 +10 49
9 Tonbridge 34 14 5 15 57 57 0 47
10 Hounslow 34 11 12 11 46 47 −1 45
11 Canterbury City 34 12 9 13 52 63 −11 45
12 Cambridge City 34 12 5 17 56 63 −7 41
13 Dover 34 11 7 16 35 52 −17 40 Club folded
14 Thanet United 34 10 5 19 30 61 −31 35
15 Basingstoke Town 34 8 10 16 37 56 −19 34
16 Woodford Town 34 6 9 19 29 57 −28 27
17 Andover 34 6 8 20 28 53 −25 26
18 Erith & Belvedere 34 5 9 20 26 62 −36 24

Source: [3]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

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