1985–86 Southern Football League

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The 1985–86 Southern Football League season saw Welling United win the Premier Division and earn promotion to the Football Conference, whilst RS Southampton and Oldbury United left the league at the end of the season.[1]

Final tables[edit]

Premier Division[edit]

The Premier Division featured five new clubs:

  • Worcester City (relegated from the Alliance Premier League)
  • Basingstoke Town (promoted from the Southern Division)
  • Aylesbury United (promoted from the Midland Division)
  • Dudley Town (promoted from the Midland Division)
  • Gosport Borough (promoted from the Southern Division)
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Welling United 38 29 6 3 95 31 64 93 Promoted to the Football Conference
2 Chelmsford City 38 20 10 8 68 41 27 70
3 Fisher Athletic 38 20 7 11 67 45 22 67
4 Alvechurch 38 19 9 10 71 56 15 66
5 Worcester City 38 19 9 10 64 50 14 66
6 Crawley Town 38 18 5 15 76 59 17 59
7 Shepshed Charterhouse 38 19 1 18 51 52 −1 58
8 Aylesbury United 38 14 10 14 52 49 3 52
9 Folkestone 38 14 10 14 56 56 0 52
10 Bedworth United 38 14 8 16 44 49 −5 50
11 Willenhall Town 38 12 13 13 51 44 7 49
12 Dudley Town 38 15 4 19 58 62 −4 49
13 Corby Town 38 14 7 17 61 67 −6 49
14 King's Lynn 38 12 10 16 39 42 −3 46
15 Basingstoke Town 38 13 4 21 36 67 −31 43
16 RS Southampton 38 11 9 18 44 61 −17 42 Dropped into Wessex League at end of season
17 Witney Town 38 11 6 21 44 74 −30 39
18 Gosport Borough 38 10 8 20 42 66 −24 38
19 Fareham Town 38 8 13 17 40 62 −22 37
20 Gravesend & Northfleet 38 9 9 20 29 55 −26 36 Relegated to Southern Division

Midland Division[edit]

The Midland Division featured five new clubs:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Bromsgrove Rovers 40 29 5 6 95 44 51 92 Promoted to Premier Division
2 Redditch United 40 23 6 11 70 42 28 75
3 Merthyr Tydfil 40 21 10 9 60 40 20 73
4 VS Rugby 40 17 14 9 41 31 10 65
5 Stourbridge 40 15 14 11 62 39 23 59
6 Rushden Town 40 17 7 16 69 74 −5 58
7 Bilston Town 40 15 12 13 60 48 12 57
8 Bridgnorth Town 40 13 18 9 56 45 11 57
9 Gloucester City 40 15 12 13 61 57 4 57
10 Grantham 40 16 7 17 46 59 −13 55
11 Wellingborough Town 40 15 9 16 56 56 0 54
12 Sutton Coldfield Town 40 13 14 13 60 45 15 53
13 Hednesford Town 40 14 9 17 67 70 −3 51
14 Forest Green Rovers 40 14 9 17 52 56 −4 51
15 Mile Oak Rovers 40 14 8 18 56 73 −17 50
16 Leicester United 40 13 10 17 41 48 −7 49
17 Banbury United 40 13 8 19 38 55 −17 47
18 Coventry Sporting 40 10 15 15 42 48 −6 45
19 Moor Green 40 12 6 22 63 91 −28 42
20 Leamington 40 10 6 24 40 77 −37 36
21 Oldbury United 40 8 7 25 50 87 −37 31 Relegated to West Midlands (Regional) League

Southern Division[edit]

The Southern Division featured three new clubs:

  • Corinthian
  • Hastings Town (who replaced the folded Hastings United)
  • Ruislip
Pos Club P W D L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Cambridge City 40 23 11 6 87 41 46 80 Promoted to Premier Division
2 Salisbury 40 24 8 8 84 51 33 80
3 Hastings Town 40 23 9 8 83 51 32 78
4 Dover Athletic 40 23 6 11 89 53 36 75
5 Corinthian 40 20 9 11 78 45 33 69
6 Tonbridge 40 17 13 10 65 51 14 64
7 Dunstable 40 17 11 12 70 61 9 62
8 Ruislip 40 17 6 17 67 66 1 57
9 Erith & Belvedere 40 14 12 14 35 40 −5 54
10 Waterlooville 40 16 6 18 52 58 −6 54
11 Burnham & Hillingdon 40 16 6 18 44 59 −15 54
12 Canterbury City 40 13 13 14 58 58 0 52
13 Trowbridge Town 40 13 13 14 57 63 −6 52
14 Sheppey United 40 14 10 16 43 53 −10 52
15 Thanet United 40 13 7 20 58 63 −5 46
16 Woodford Town 40 12 10 18 49 62 −13 46
17 Poole Town 40 12 7 21 55 63 −8 43
18 Ashford Town 40 10 12 18 45 65 −20 42
19 Chatham Town 40 8 15 17 53 70 −17 39
20 Andover 40 10 8 22 52 92 −40 38
21 Dorchester Town 40 5 8 27 35 94 −59 23

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