1984–85 Southern Football League

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The 1984–85 season was the 82nd in the history of the Southern League.

Premier Division[edit]

Southern Football League
Premier Division
Season 1984–85
Champions Cheltenham Town
Promoted Cheltenham Town
Relegated AP Leamington
Gloucester City
Trowbridge Town
Matches played 380
Goals scored 1144 (3.01 per match)

The Premier Division featured five new teams:

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Cheltenham Town (C) (P) 38 24 5 9 83 41 +42 77 Promotion to the 1985–86 Alliance Premier League
2 King's Lynn 38 23 6 9 73 48 +25 75
3 Crawley Town 38 22 8 8 76 52 +24 74
4 Willenhall Town 38 20 8 10 57 38 +19 68
5 Road-Sea Southampton 38 21 4 13 76 52 +24 67
6 Welling United 38 18 11 9 55 38 +17 65
7 Folkestone 38 19 6 13 70 54 +16 63
8 Fisher Athletic 38 19 5 14 67 57 +10 62
9 Chelmsford City 38 17 10 11 52 50 +2 61
10 Shepshed Charterhouse 38 18 5 15 67 50 +17 59
11 Corby Town 38 15 6 17 56 54 +2 51
12 Bedworth United 38 14 8 16 48 52 −4 50
13 Gravesend & Northfleet 38 12 12 14 46 46 0 48
14 Fareham Town 38 13 8 17 52 55 −3 47
15 Alvechurch 38 11 7 20 53 59 −6 40
16 Hastings United 38 11 7 20 46 71 −25 40 Club folded
17 Witney Town 38 9 12 17 51 58 −7 39
18 Gloucester City (R) 38 10 6 22 49 74 −25 36 Relegation to the SFL Midland Division
19 Trowbridge Town (R) 38 10 5 23 44 83 −39 35 Relegation to the SFL Southern Division
20 AP Leamington (R) 38 2 5 31 22 112 −90 11 Relegation to the SFL Midland Division

Source: [1]
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 1984–85
Champions Dudley Town
Promoted Aylesbury United
Dudley Town
Relegated None
Matches played 306
Goals scored 922 (3.01 per match)

The Midland Division featured three new teams.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Dudley Town (C) (P) 34 21 8 5 70 36 +34 71 Promotion to the 1985–86 Southern League Premier Division
2 Aylesbury United (P) 34 20 7 7 62 30 +32 67
3 Hednesford Town 34 18 7 9 58 42 +16 61
4 Moor Green 34 17 9 8 63 43 +20 60
5 VS Rugby 34 17 9 8 59 41 +18 60
6 Bromsgrove Rovers 34 16 10 8 53 42 +11 58
7 Stourbridge 34 15 11 8 52 45 +7 56
8 Redditch United 34 12 11 11 68 57 +11 47
9 Sutton Coldfield Town 34 13 6 15 50 56 −6 45
10 Bridgnorth Town 34 13 5 16 67 65 +2 44
11 Coventry Sporting 34 11 9 14 45 52 −7 42
12 Merthyr Tydfil 34 10 11 13 43 46 −3 41
13 Rushden Town 34 10 7 17 42 52 −10 37
14 Forest Green Rovers 34 9 10 15 49 65 −16 37
15 Wellingborough Town 34 10 7 17 39 63 −24 37
16 Oldbury United 34 10 6 18 52 66 −14 36
17 Banbury United 34 9 5 20 33 59 −26 32
18 Leicester United 34 3 6 25 17 62 −45 15
19 Milton Keynes City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Club folded, record expunged

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 1984–85
Champions Basingstoke Town
Promoted Basingstoke Town
Gosport Borough
Relegated None
Matches played 380
Goals scored 1085 (2.86 per match)

The Southern Division featured three new teams.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Basingstoke Town (C) (P) 38 24 9 5 61 22 +39 81 Promotion to the 1985–86 Southern League Premier Division
2 Gosport Borough (P) 38 22 6 10 78 41 +37 72
3 Poole Town 38 20 12 6 69 38 +31 72
4 Hillingdon 38 19 10 9 51 23 +28 67
5 Thanet United 38 19 9 10 63 47 +16 66
6 Salisbury 38 19 5 14 55 54 +1 62
7 Sheppey United 38 18 6 14 49 45 +4 60
8 Addlestone & Weybridge Town 38 16 9 13 68 54 +14 57 Club folded
9 Waterlooville 38 15 10 13 71 63 +8 55
10 Canterbury City 38 15 7 16 61 64 −3 52
11 Woodford Town 38 13 13 12 46 53 −7 52
12 Tonbridge 38 16 3 19 59 62 −3 51
13 Andover 38 15 5 18 42 54 −12 50
14 Dorchester Town 38 13 7 18 45 60 −15 46
15 Cambridge City 38 11 11 16 59 71 −12 44
16 Chatham Town 38 12 8 18 44 66 −22 44
17 Ashford Town 38 10 9 19 54 69 −15 39
18 Dunstable 38 8 10 20 35 56 −21 34
19 Dover Athletic 38 7 7 24 39 78 −39 28
20 Erith & Belvedere 38 6 8 24 36 65 −29 26

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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