1982–83 Western Football League

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Western Football League
Season 1982–83
Champions Bideford (Premier Division)
Bristol Manor Farm (Division One)

The 1982–83 season was the 81st in the history of the Western Football League.

The league champions for the fifth time in their history, and the second season in succession, were Bideford. The champions of Division One were Bristol Manor Farm.[1]

Final tables[edit]

Premier Division[edit]

The Premier Division remained at twenty clubs after Bridgwater Town joined the Southern League, and Mangotsfield United and Welton Rovers were relegated to the First Division. Three clubs joined:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GDiff1 Pts2 Notes
1 Bideford 38 26 9 3 67 32 +35 61
2 Frome Town 38 23 10 5 75 34 +41 56
3 Dawlish Town 38 20 8 10 68 47 +21 48
4 Clandown 38 19 9 10 54 39 +15 47
5 Saltash United 38 14 18 6 50 39 +11 46
6 Falmouth Town 38 16 13 9 63 57 +6 45 Left at the end of the season
7 Plymouth Argyle Reserves 38 15 14 9 67 41 +26 44
8 Barnstaple Town 38 18 6 14 67 57 +10 42
9 Liskeard Athletic 38 16 9 13 69 47 +22 41
10 Weston-super-Mare 38 15 11 12 57 46 +11 41
11 Shepton Mallet Town 38 15 4 19 50 55 –5 34
12 Devizes Town 38 12 9 17 50 58 –8 33
13 Chippenham Town 38 12 8 18 40 54 –14 32
14 Clevedon Town 38 9 12 17 36 56 –20 30
15 Bridport 38 8 13 17 49 60 –11 29 Left at the end of the season
16 Exmouth Town 38 10 9 19 40 59 –19 29
17 Melksham Town 38 8 13 17 43 63 –20 29
18 Wellington 38 8 12 18 46 74 –28 28
19 Keynsham Town (R) 38 7 11 20 32 68 –36 25 Relegated to Division One
20 Portway Bristol (R) 38 8 4 26 35 72 –37 20

First Division[edit]

The First Division remained at nineteen clubs after Ilminster Town and Torquay United Reserves left the league, and Exmouth Town and Shepton Mallet Town were promoted to the Premier Division. Four new clubs joined:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GDiff1 Pts2 Notes
1 Bristol Manor Farm (P) 36 26 7 3 85 31 +54 59 Promoted to the Premier Division
2 Mangotsfield United (P) 36 24 8 4 75 32 +43 56
3 Paulton Rovers 36 20 12 4 75 37 +38 52
4 Odd Down 36 19 9 8 56 41 +15 47
5 Glastonbury 36 15 15 6 69 47 +22 45
6 Swanage Town & Herston 36 21 1 14 83 54 +29 43
7 Wimborne Town 36 17 9 10 74 51 +23 43
8 Bath City Reserves 36 14 9 13 64 49 +15 37
9 Chard Town 36 15 5 16 54 50 +4 35
10 Weymouth Reserves 36 12 8 16 43 56 –13 32
11 Welton Rovers 36 12 8 16 46 61 –15 32
12 Yeovil Town Reserves 36 14 3 19 49 55 –6 31
13 Bristol City Reserves 36 9 11 16 57 77 –20 29
14 Elmore 36 12 4 20 48 65 –17 28
15 Heavitree United 36 11 5 20 40 66 –26 27
16 Larkhall Athletic 36 9 8 19 40 64 –24 26
17 Radstock Town 36 9 6 21 50 79 –29 24
18 Tiverton Town 36 8 5 23 42 85 –43 21
19 Ottery St Mary 36 8 1 27 35 85 –50 17

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

2 The points system: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for losing.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robinson, Michael (ed.), Non-League Football Tables 1889–2006, Soccer Books, 2006